Crackle, the online distributor of original web shows, movies, and television shows produces Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. The show originated by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and took a lengthy period of time before the green light for a pilot episode was given. This aspect is surprising, considering the level of success of the sit-com Seinfeld starring the namesake comedian. After the series ended in 1998, Jerry Seinfeld was financially set for life. However, he found himself bored and wanting to do more than try out new comedy material on stage. The fact that Seifeld became the most bankable sit-com on television was of little consequence to former executives of Grouper, the fledgling television production company founded in 2001, and re-branded in 2007. Today, Crackle is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment. The service is offered free to the viewing public with commercials used to supported web, and television distribution platforms.
Car lovers like myself are well aware that Jay Leno is an expert car collector, and his fellow comedian friend Jerry Seinfeld shares that same distinction, particularly with Porches’. Approximately 10-percent of the comedian’s car collection was sold off at the Amelia Island Auction in Florida last March 11th. Leno himself still retains 150 cars in his leased airplane hangar in Burbank, California.
1955 Porsche 356 Speedster
“I’ve never bought a car as an investment,” Seinfeld said in a statement. “I don’t really even think of myself as a collector. I just love cars. And I still love these cars. But it’s time to send some of them back into the world, for someone else to enjoy, as I have.”
1958 Porsche Carrera Speedster Sold from Seinfeld’s Collection
(Both Photos: Hemmings)
Up for grabs is a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder, which Seinfeld has owned for more than a decade. Also included will be a 1958 Carrera Speedster—one of only 151 ever built, and one of only 13 painted Auratium, which appeals in a unique green color.
Another jewel to be sold is a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera, one of the first 15 RSRs built specifically to compete in the International Race of Champions series in 1973 and 1974.
The concept of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is to feature a different comedian per episode. One truly hilarious aspects of having Jay Leno as a guest is the fact that he hates coffee and doesn’t drink it. Steve Martin was another recent guest.
During the Leno episode, Seinfeld arranged to drive Leno to a new coffee shop in a vintage 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, when the car over heated and Seinfeld ended up calling Uber for a sedan while mechanics towed away the DeLorean. Proof positive that there really is a second act for comedians who leave Seinfeld and The Tonight Show for other fun chapters in life.