More cars and coffee on Seinfeld’s Web talk show
Needless to say, Seinfeld mostly focuses on comedy with each guest. Welcome to his world.
"That’s what I NORMALLY talk about during the day," he says, looking very Jerry at his desk clad in jeans, a gray sweater with a rakish black scarf at his throat and a pair of Nike Shox. "At least 50 percent of the waking life of every comedian is gossiping and analyzing with other comedians about comedy. Comedy is a very mysterious profession, so we’re always trying to figure it out.
"This show is a little bit of a valentine to a certain subset of humanity," he goes on, winding up for a Seinfeld-esque riff that, even on the fly with mixed metaphors and bumpy syntax, spins out humorously. "I wanted to put a few comedians into this one petri dish — that’s what this show is — ‘cause you got to get them in the wild. If you’re going to study a species, you got to study them in the wild, otherwise the experiment is tainted! The evidence is tainted!"
In the untainted back-and-forth that results on his show, Seinfeld proves to be an excellent audience, clearly enjoying each guest’s bons mots as much as he enjoys delivering his own.
"I got really excited about the Leno episode," he says, "with me being his friend all these years, and now having this opportunity to show the old comedy-crazy Jay. So many people think of him as a talk-show host. This captures him as a comedian."
Fine, but how competitive does Seinfeld feel in the company of another comedian?
"Zero," he declares, and flashes a quizzical smile: "I haven’t done well enough?! But even if I hadn’t," he adds, growing serious, "no, I do not have that gene."
And yet, as you watch Seinfeld matching wits with a guest, it’s not hard to imagine he’s on high alert for any fresh idea embedded in the banter that, with just the right tweaking, could end up in his act.
You bet, Seinfeld nods.
"That’s my whole life," he says. "That’s every single second of my life."