Jerry Seinfeld's popular web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is set to premiere its 7th season at the end of this month. Best known on TV for his ensemble cast sitcom Seinfeld, which ended 17 years ago, the comedian has another substantial hit on his hands. At the beginning of the year, five seasons of his reality show had collectively earned more than 70 million views, with numbers constantly increasing.
The series is just as simple as the title suggests, with Seinfeld and his celebrity guests chatting over coffee and while driving around in vintage automobiles. Discussions cover a range of topics that often include the art of comedy and life in Hollywood. The host has been joined by a who's who list of comedy greats like Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Tina Fey, David Letterman, Chris Rock, and his former Seinfeld costar Julia Louis-Drefus. This year Seinfeld will move from comedy royalty to an impressive guest from the White House.
The TODAY show reports that a season 7 episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will feature President Barack Obama. From the looks of the official photo from the episode, Seinfeld will get to sit inside an presidential vehicle, but the pair will also take off in a 1963 Corvette Stingray with the classic split rear window. White House reps say the episode will focus on the "lighter side of the presidency" and will be "an opportunity to pull back the curtain."
While he's used to rubbing elbows with celebrities and fellow comedians, Seinfeld was clearly awed to be able to work with the Commander in Chief on his comedy series.
"Growing up in the '60s my kid dream was always to be an astronaut—doing a comedy show with President Obama in and around the White House felt like going into space. 'How did I get here?' 'Is this really happening?' The President's humor and generosity are the only reasons this was even possible. He was so easy and fun to be with. Being President and just a cool guy to hang out with at the same time made the experience my own personal moonwalk. It was an unforgettable day."
The episode will be available to stream on Wednesday, December 30 at 11:30pm ET. The series airs on Crackle, a division of Sony Pictures Television and a free streaming service that provides vintage TV and movies as well as original programming to 21 countries. The six-episode season 7 of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee will also feature episodes with Will Ferrell, Steve Martin, Garry Shandling, Kathleen Madigan, and Sebastian Maniscalco. Here's a preview of the upcoming season.
While Obama is not the first President to appear on popular talk shows and comedy series, he has fully embraced the idea of using less formal platforms and a good dose of humor to appeal to and educate the American public. The President has appeared on late-night sketch show Saturday Night Live, and was interviewed by Zach Galifianakis on the comedian's Funny or Die series Between Two Ferns. There has been criticism of the country's leader taking time off from important duties to film comedy segments, but Obama hasn't been deterred from his efforts to be more accessible--or as Seinfeld's quote states, the "cool guy" president.
Since Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is technically unscripted, it will be interesting to see if we really do get a more personal look at the President. As he has in the past, it's likely that in between the joking around, Obama will try to get in some sort of message on topical issues.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee season 7, including the episode featuring President Obama, will be available to stream from Crackle on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11:30pm ET.