It meets at the intersection of cool cars and comics, and it’s turned into one of the funniest shows on the internet. Jerry Seinfeld’s Emmy-nominated Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee kicked off its fifth season yesterday. The lineup this time around looks great, but these five episodes are going to be tough to beat:
Comedian: Sarah Jessica Parker
Car: 1976 Ford Country Squire
SJP isn’t really a “comedian” like the rogues gallery of standup comics Seinfeld usually features on the show. But her episode — where she drives Jerry around in a 1976 Ford Country Squire wagon — reveals her as a hilariously funny woman. That shouldn’t be surprising after her great role in the Steve Martin movie “LA Story,” but it was refreshing to see her as a little unhinged after watching her so long on Sex in the City.
Comedian: Alec Baldwin
Car: 1970 Mercedes-Benz 280SL
Alec Baldwin might as well have stepped out of a time machine from 1934. That’s what made his Jack Donaghy character from 30 Rock so hilarious. Whether you love the guy or hate him, it’s hard to ignore that he’s a presence wherever he goes. I’ll tell you this: Watch the episode just for the story he tells about Kirk Douglas and Burt Lancaster. It’s the greatest old-school Hollywood story ever.
Comedian: Robert Klein
Car: 1967 Jaguar Mark II
Robert Klein should be every bit as revered as Bill Cosby and George Carlin. His album, A Child of the Fifities, was a huge influence on comedians like Billy Crystal and Jay Leno, and he essentially invented the HBO comedy special, starring in eight between 1975 and 2005. In his episode with Seinfeld, you get a sense of the manic energy and incredible timing that made him a fixture on 1970s and 1980s talk shows.
Comedian: Sarah Silverman
Car: 1969 Jaguar E-Type
It’s easy to dismiss Sarah Silverman if you’re not into her brand of filthy, absurd comedy. But that’s her act. In her spot with Seinfeld you get a chance to see her for real, and she’s just as funny, and more thoughtful than you’d gather from her comedy. The episode is titled “I’m Going to Change Your Life Forever,” which references a piece of advice that she gave to Jimmy Kimmel’s daughter that is the funniest thing in this entire series.
Comedian: Michael Richards
Car: 1962 Volkswagen Bus
Michael Richards was — as you probably know — Kramer on Jerry Seinfeld’s show. While Julia Louis Dreyfus, Jason Alexander and bit players like Bryan Cranston have gone on to way bigger things, Michael Richards’ career has stagnated, because of an incident at a comedy club in 2006. The joke was always that Seinfeld was a show about nothing, but the few minutes where Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards talk about that incident and its aftermath is more about something than anything you’re likely to see on any network.
Check out the first episode of the new season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee with Kevin Hart.