Seinfeld Reunion! Watch Jerry and Elaine in ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’

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‘Comedians in Cars’ trailer teases tons of new faces, and a fully bearded Colbert.

Though these words were coming from an unlikely source, they were unmistakably uttered by Jerry Seinfeld, his excitable voice rising and falling like a car alarm. Jerry Seinfeld is getting back behind the driver’s seat for a sixth season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, and he has Jim Carrey, Stephen Colbert, and a Seinfeld reunion in store. The new trailer for the season, which is set to premiere on Crackle on June 3, teases Seinfeld’s ride with his sitcom co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who will be the last of the core four stars of Seinfeld to appear on the show. Crackle is positioning season 6 of the show, in which the comedian drives around in exotic autos (and yes, drinks coffee) with his subjects, as somehow competing with traditional latenight TV. Soon-to-be Late Show host Stephen Colbert (with the full Colbeard), soon-to-be Daily Show host Trevor Noah and Veep star (and former Seinfeld co-star) Julia Louis-Dreyfus all go for a spin and a cuppa in the spot, debuting right here on Mashable.

The trailer shows snippets from all six episodes; this season’s silliest twist occurs in Bill Maher’s episode, in which Seinfeld and the Real Time host drive around in an old-fashioned police car. That, according to the Internet-streaming service, makes it the only Internet-distributed show “to go head-to-head with latenight programs” — but it’s questionable how significant the competition will be for viewers against the likes of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” or “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” especially given those shows are often watched on DVR later also. By putting pieces in their right places, he said of his Internet show, “You can make it something that it really wasn’t — but almost was.” “Comedians in Cars,” which in zippy installments tracks Mr.

Crackle, owned by Sony Pictures Television, has tried to present the service to Madison Avenue buyers as a TV network — one that just happens to be exclusively delivered online. Seinfeld’s free-form conversations with peers and pals like Jon Stewart, Tina Fey and Sarah Jessica Parker, has also helped its creator fit into a post-Internet world and a popular culture that could have moved on without him. Next month, Hulu is adding all nine seasons of “Seinfeld” to its library as that streaming service shores itself against competitors like Netflix and Amazon. Its episodes have been streamed nearly 100 million times since its 2012 debut, and it is now a central part of Sony’s ambitions to make Crackle a more formidable combatant in the arena of online content. While it is to be expected that a younger class of comedians who came of age with the Internet — like Aziz Ansari, Amy Schumer or Chris Hardwick — would naturally adapt to it, Mr.

Seinfeld could not say precisely why he was thriving with digital content when his own peers — say, David Letterman, or acolytes like Chris Rock — were largely absent from it. Seinfeld said that no two paths unfold similarly and that there was little that well-established stars could teach one another. “The first 10 years of a lot of careers, you could say, ‘This is pretty similar,’ ” he said. Seinfeld makes no assumptions that his stage and TV career should guarantee him success in this new realm. “The Internet is the least forgiving medium of anything,” he said. “Even at a nightclub, an audience can’t all get up and leave.

Seinfeld was eating lunch at a West Side restaurant, dressed casually in a T-shirt, his hair cropped short and his money clip nearby him on the table. (A $1 bill, visible on the outside, concealed an unknown wad of cash within.) He has a relaxed manner but is unafraid to speak his mind, and his sense of humor is more cutting than his vintage-’90s TV persona. Though it predates the modern-day Internet, the aesthetic of “Seinfeld,” which celebrated over-the-top specificity and punch lines that could be boiled down to just a word or two (“shrinkage”; “serenity now”) was tailor-made for an online environment that thrives on insular, easily digestible memes. “It’s locating those tiny little things that render ‘Seinfeld’ immortal, where generic sitcoms don’t have that lasting power,” said Jason Richards, the author of @seinfeld2000, a Twitter account that uses the catchphrases and characters of that show to comment on current events. “It’s almost like it unknowingly anticipated Internet culture.” The actor James Spader, who met Mr.

Seinfeld in the 1990s, said, “Since I have known him, he has, quite by design, complicated his life to an unbearable level, again and again and again, until it knocks him to his knees.” Though Mr. K. series “Louie” and the grand finale of David Letterman’s “Late Show” — all in appearances that poked fun at his confident and entitled persona — he understands that retaining one’s cultural relevance is a continuing pursuit. Seinfeld said, “Audience acceptance is the currency.” And, as he acknowledges, “It had been a while since I connected with an audience.” Since the heyday of “Seinfeld,” he has starred in an HBO comedy special and a documentary, “Comedian.” His 2007 animated feature, “Bee Movie,” performed adequately, taking in $287 million worldwide, but left no lasting impact. “Comedians are the best people to talk to,” he explained. “But if there’s an audience there, they’re going to play to the audience. Seinfeld (who takes what he says is an unsentimental, mathematical, “3-D modeling” approach to looking at showbiz careers) said that his past success could leave an audience feeling tired of him. “When you’re a known, accepted quantity,” he said, “there’s a sense of, ‘What do you want now?’ with your next thing. ‘How much money do you want now?

He said it was increasingly being watched on traditional television sets, using devices like Roku or Apple TV, and especially popular with viewers age 25 to 34, some of whom were not yet born when “Seinfeld” made its debut. “Should I mention the other shows that were on at that time?” Mr. Seinfeld said he knew exactly how he planned to use this freedom. “It might be fun to see what it’s like to run something into the ground,” he said. “I missed out on that.

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