For the next six weeks we will be reviewing the web-series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” on Thursdays after the episodes release on Wednesday nights at 11:30 p.m. EST. The full episode is available at the bottom of this post.
Steve Martin got special treatment when he joined Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” While most guests get to ride in one classic car, Martin got two for the same price. The 70-year-old jack of all trades was first treated to the rare 1954 Siata 8V, except Seinfeld’s early omens turned prophetic when it soon broke down.
Siata made cars from 1948-75 after being a performance parts supplier for Fiat. Having been bankrupt for more than 40 years, this selection by the show was pretty rarefied air for the little-known brand. With so few having been made, the Siata 8V itself is now more precious antique than automobile. Despite being oft-maligned for questionable craftmanship, this Italian sports car has some undeniably gorgeous curves.
This was not the first time that a car broke down mid-episode, but it was only one of four times in which two separate cars had to be used. Previously, a prank on Jon Stewart and a boating expedition with Jimmy Fallon prompted similar automotive audibles.
Once the show resumed, Martin endulged in an egg salad sandwich, the “rodeo of lunches.” Then, after attempting to steal Jerry’s food and, of course, some coffee, the two comedic legends set off in a 1966 Ford Mustang. Being the third year of production for the first-generation ‘Stang, it is regarded by many as the first-gen perfected – after the 1964 1/2 and 1965 model years set the muscle car battle ablaze.
While traveling in these two classics and visiting a diner in Pleasantville, New York, the comedians bantered about any number of subjects, ranging from Pablo Picasso to tire technology. As the billing advertises, the most insightful moments came from stories about what made Seinfeld and Martin famous before sitcoms and banjos.
The two discuss some of the worst experiences at gigs, including a running joke about a wheelchair suicide, confidence on stage, and work schedules. Altogether, the banter offered the unique insight of two people at the highest echelons in comedy talking shop, and the humble beginnings it took to get them there.
Seinfeld and Martin spend time in the episode denouncing the term “comedic genius,” before saying with sarcasm “that joke was so important that from then on it changed the world.” Nonetheless we will take the liberty of saying it was a pleasure to hear two comedic geniuses talk about the craft they have mastered so well. Now, if only one of them was more of an expert when it comes to fixing Siata sports cars…