Judd Apatow, Jerry Seinfeld Reminisce About Stand-Up and Garry Shandling on 'Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee'
"I feel like I made all those movies just to get good spots at the Improv."
In 1983, a young Judd Apatow interviewed comedian Jerry Seinfeld as a way to learn all about stand-up comedy.
Now, in a role reversal, Seinfeld invited the writer-producer-comedian along for a ride on his show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee to once again talk about stand-up comedy.
Before going out for coffee, milkshakes and hamburgers, Apatow gave Seinfeld a quick tour of his office, complete with old Garry Shandling photos, setlists and Larry Sanders memories. The two comics reminisced about his famous interviews with comedians from high school, including Jay Leno and Seinfeld himself in the '80s.
Heading out to the car that Seinfeld chose (a 1968 Firebird), Apatow told him that "things like this that are sexy make me feel uncomfortable because I don't feel sexy."
"Of course you don't!" Seinfeld told him. "You're not!"
Driving around, Apatow described his decision to start doing stand-up comedy again after a 22-year hiatus, finally saying, "I feel like I made all those movies just to get good spots at the Improv."
Apatow made his stand-up debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last July, which to him was "the only dream," and he told Seinfeld about the advice Louis C.K. sent to him before doing his set: "When you walk out to the music, don’t bob your head — the music’s not for you."
The two comics went to a "show business" coffee shop next, admiring old photos on the wall of Robin Williams, Mel Brooks, Johnny Carson and Jay Leno (who was doing the “toilet shot" sitting on top of a box, according to Seinfeld).
Before getting their chocolate milkshakes and burgers, Apatow revealed that he actually decided to stop doing stand-up comedy after he and Adam Sandler auditioned for Jim Henson. They didn’t get the job because Henson thought they "lacked warmth," which Seinfeld says is “like Hitler telling you you don’t have the killer instinct.”
On a more somber note, they also remembered their mutual friend, the late Garry Shandling. Apatow explained that Shandling was so funny that at his memorial, "everybody who spoke all said things that Garry had said to them, and every person who spoke killed with it."
"Garry’s lawyer ripped the roof off the place … quoting Garry," Apatow said, adding that Shandling encompassed “the human struggle, like he was “trying so hard to be happy and to find peace and to let go of his ego.”
"You’re making me sad," Seinfeld said, tearing up.