Jerry Seinfeld on Dave Chappelle ‘SNL’ Monologue, His Pop-Tarts Movie – The Hollywood Reporter

As hard as this belief is, Jerry Seinfeld Funny things in cars getting coffee turns 10 this year. The road trip talk show – where Seinfeld and his fellow comedians hop into vintage cars and talk shop on their way to grab a cup of java – premiered July 19, 2012 on Crackle, then move on to greener areas on Netflix in 2018.

Over its 11 seasons, Seinfeld has hosted every major comic in the business — his Seinfeld Larry David, David Letterman, Don Rickles, Chris Rock, Tina Fey, Jon Stewart, Steve Martin and Tracy Morgan are among them. Along the way, he’s had a few romantic encounters with him: Then, President Barack Obama joined him in a Corvette Sting Ray at age seven, and then had coffee with Seinfeld in the White House staff dining room.

To commemorate its tin anniversary, Seinfeld has compiled some of the most memorable adaptations from the series. The Coffee Book has Comedians in Cars (Simon & Schuster). Received Nov. 22 and packed with fun anecdotes and insights into the up-and-coming psyche, it’s a holiday gift for the loved one in your life.

Seinfeld, 68, joined The Hollywood Reporter to talk about his comedy, what he’s up to (including his Pop-Tart movie for Netflix) and his own thoughts on the controversy rocking the comedy world right now: debate Nov. Saturday Night Live monologue given by Dave Chappelle (who, yes, appeared on an episode of Coffee Photo and features in the book, too).

I really enjoyed reading the book. I think what I like about it, and what I like about the show, is that you let us into the whole psychology of comics. What do you think makes a comic unique and different from the general population?

There is nothing else about real laughter. Everything else in a person’s life is considered to be active and passive.

There’s an interesting conversation in the book where you’re talking to Dave Chappelle about who Chris Rock really is and what he says in the comments. You refer to his output using terms like “orders” and “closing arguments.” I really like that idea – comics need to think more often and expand on them.

Yes, sure. In fact, the dumber the idea you are expressing, the more fun it is. I think when it starts to become real, or starts to become, “This might be a really good idea,” the fun stops.

Do you feel like it’s getting lost in translation with current audiences? Perhaps in the rise of social media, which has traveled from the stage to mainstream conversation, people have forgotten that these are important concepts?

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That is growing as we speak. I watched a special this morning and [there were] tons of great jokes. But what is important and required now is to show us the great psychic pain you are living with. We want to know. We want to know what and how your accident happened and how and whose fault it was. And it has become part of the people’s passion from the stands now.

[Audiences] as if in love with standing. And I think it’s a kind of appeal of other forms of entertainment. Like, hey, movies and TV do a lot of this work. We just wanted to tell a joke. But now people are looking for depth from stand up comics. I always thought, “Well, the last thing I want to hear is something that’s really bothering Rodney Dangerfield.” I don’t want to know! Just give jokes. Take the pain, give the laughs.

I checked yours New York Times video interview where you explain how you wrote the Pop-Tart joke. I really like it because you break it down in a way I’ve never seen before. And you’ve compared comedy to writing poetry – you have to have a beat or a beat sometimes to get down to cutting the syllables to make you laugh.


So to you, comedy is a science. There is humor in mathematics.

Some parts are mathematical, other parts are sound. I was talking to this prostitute one day, actually, today. It has a small area about a dune car. And I just thought, “Wow. I wish I could say dune buggy every night. It just sounds fun.

So sometimes, it’s the music part — the sounds are fun to say. You keep trying. I have this long post about privacy settings and there’s a section where I go, “You need to unlock.” I’m not saying “break in.” I wouldn’t say “try to get in.” But the words “bust into a lock.” It is pleasing to the ears.

I do this about garages where I say “the look down window.” There is no word “underdisplay.” No words, none. I did it and everyone understood immediately. But that’s the music part — where your ears will be entertained. Clean for your ears.

And there are letters that are supposed to be more fun. Like the “k” I heard, it’s a cool letter.

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Yes, because they cut.

I was just watching Jon Stewart and Colbert, two of my favorite comedians, battling Dave Chappelle. SNL monologue. And I’m looking for where you fall. Did you find that funny?

I thought the humor was well executed, but I thought the topic called for a conversation that I didn’t think I wanted to have at this point.

But it made you uncomfortable.

It sparks a conversation that is hopefully fruitful.

And is that how you talked to Dave? Because you seem to be very close to him.

I have no relationship with him. We are friends and not a close relationship.

Back to the Pop-Tarts thing, where are you with the Netflix Pop-Tarts movie? [Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story]?

Watching Netflix today for the first time after I finished editing so we’ll see where it goes next week. It should be out early next year, I think.

No joke. And are you happy with the first cut? Can you tell us something about it? I mean, it’s just a story, right? It’s not a retelling of the original Pop-Tarts story.

Well, no. There is no history. But there are some facts that we use to start the story, namely that the Post came up with this idea and Kellogg heard about it and he said, “We should do the same.” .” Then I kind of tell the story like Essentials including NASA and the Soviet Union.

The Pop-Tarts Race.

Yes, the Pop-Tarts race. (Smile.)

Yes, I’m looking forward to it. I’m a big fan of Pop-Tarts, so you’re talking to your target audience here. I also discovered something else: You surprise everyone by being a model. I know how it happened – that KITH style is widespread.

My son’s opinion. They just asked me to wear clothes. I wear clothes. (Smile.) I had a friend who was a good photographer who was taking pictures and I thought, “This should be on someone’s back page. W said magazine.” No one will see it.

Yes, good. Not so.

It’s crazy, it’s weird how it works. It was very exciting. It just shows you how little you can predict about the world. Honestly, I’m very surprised that anyone knows that. But of course, many people know and it’s funny to me. One hour, that’s all. “Put this coat on and I’ll sit through it.” “Photography.” “Give me that hat.” “I’ll be there.” “Take that picture.” We are just around.

Does it open up other modeling opportunities?

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Yes. Yes. I will be doing a lot of modeling.

So back to the book. What do you advertise? Do you do signatures or physical appearances?

Yes, I am doing this. this is. You should help me with that.

I will help you!

Thank you, sir. Netflix just asked me if they could do a book party for me for the book. So let’s do that. And I don’t know, it’s a good thing to do.

And will you be traveling in 2023?

Well, I started the journey this month. I just add things. But yeah, I’m doing shows now.

It’s scary. I saw you at the Pantages and it was so funny. I love how it’s a pain in the ass to go to the theater.

Yes. Yes. Then you have to go back.

Finally, I just have a question, who are your stars? The comedy stars of our generation.

Our generation. It’s a bit wide. What years are you giving me to do?

Yes, they should live to be over 40.

Alive and over 40. Who do I love the most that I look up to? You see, this is a little confusing. I don’t know how deep you stand. You probably know Fred Armisen: Stand up to the boxers. It’s on Netflix. You have to play the trap game to get a ticket to go to the show. Because it’s about the box, but not really. Like 15, 20 minutes of boxing. But it’s very beautiful. It is unique.

I love many people. I love Ronny Chieng who does it The Daily Show. I love how he stands. I think it’s very good. I love Earthquake. I think he’s amazing. I like a really hard ball stand. No, I have no interest in enjoying stories from your journal. I like to hear about things that don’t work.

So, who do I love the most these days? I love everything Chris Rock has done. I mean, like people who are really going for the jugular comedy-wise. Right? Not so much, “I want you to know who I really am.”

You can save a little.

It’s not because I don’t care. But we need jokes. It’s like a Woody Allen chicken joke. Do you remember that? It looks like the person is going to a psychiatrist. He said, “My brother thinks he’s a chicken. I don’t know what to do for him. The psychiatrist said, “Why don’t you send him in?” He said, “Want to. me, but we need eggs.” It’s about, “We need jokes.”

The interview is edited for length and clarity.

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