In honor of the web series' eighth season premiere, relive some of Seinfeld's best moments with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mel Brooks and even President Obama.
Throughout seven seasons of Jerry Seinfeld's web series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, the comic and sitcom star has taken a ride with everyone from Jim Carrey (fun fact: he's a serious artist) to President Obama (he says being president is like playing football), while discussing anything and everything along the way.
With season eight debuting with Jim Gaffigan this week, re-watch a few of the more momentous interviews below, spanning from incredibly personal topics to political rhetoric and longstanding Seinfeld revelations. Friends and fellow comedians discuss their fear of death, debate who the real comedy greats are and one TV creator reveals why he wanted his best show to be canceled.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the "James Bond of comedy" and Jerry Seinfeld's former co-star, joined the host to reminisce about their years together on Seinfeld. "Do you remember..." the actress began on their walk to coffee.
"I love anything you're going to say today that starts with 'do you remember,'" Seinfeld responded, excited to relive the old days.
She recounted the story of when she was five months pregnant, "as big as a house," and Seinfeld pitched her the idea that they write it into the show that "Elaine just gets fat," causing Louis-Dreyfus to burst into tears.
"Two things I have to say about that: One is, you have no interpersonal communication skills ... the second thing is that it was a great idea and we should have done it," she said, adding later, "I regret it."
Seinfeld allowed the commander-in-chief to appear on his show because he has "gotten off just enough funny lines to qualify for this show." President Barack Obama agreed to do it in order to promote the Affordable Care Act.
Either way, the conversation turned toward Obama's underwear drawer, his most embarrassing moment as president ("this may be it") and, of course, their mutual friend Larry David. Obama barely mentioned the Seinfeld creator when the host interrupted. "I love Larry, but when we play golf... he's a fair-skinned guy..."
"Oh, the sunscreen," Seinfeld immediately said.
"He lathers himself in sunscreen and it's dripping, caked all over him," said Obama. He also later told Seinfeld that a "pretty sizeable percentage" of world leaders are probably out of their minds, and being president is like football. "Every once in awhile, you'll see an opening."
Comedy legends Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner invited a very lucky Seinfeld to join them for a typical night in with the two friends (as long as he would stop by the deli on the way). Brooks talked about the cone of silence on Get Smart, told Seinfeld how he admires Louis C.K. and shared some inside stories from Blazing Saddles ("if Billy Wilder likes it, I must be good").
But what stuck with fans was when Reiner explained to Seinfeld their longstanding ritual: Every night, Brooks heads to Reiner's house to eat, watch Jeopardy (he tapes it) and watch movies. The one rule for movies: It has to be one where "somebody says, 'Secure the perimeter!' or 'Get some rest.'" Brooks "falls asleep with his mouth open" every time.
Trevor Noah appeared on Seinfeld's show before taking on his new role as host of The Daily Show, and drove around Brooklyn talking to Seinfeld about his upbringing in South Africa. The episode served as a solid get-to-know-you moment for the new Comedy Central host, who spent quite a bit of time describing the concept of apartheid to Seinfeld.
"So in South Africa, comedy was illegal 21 years ago — what are you talking about?" Seinfeld asked.
Noah had to explain that comics could be arrested for "inciting the people," so standup comedy has only existed in its current form since 1994, when "it is now no longer illegal to be black, so you can now do things. Start by sitting on the benches, start by riding on the bus, start by walking through the city at whatever time, and then slowly, you go 'What else can we do?" he said. "Can we tell jokes?"
Funnyman Jim Carrey went all out for his episode with the host, starting out by climbing over his own gate to meet him on the sidewalk. Carrey was on a cleanse, brought his own sweetener for the coffee and was about to head off on a silent retreat where he wasn't allowed to speak.
But perhaps the most revealing part of the episode was when Carrey toured Seinfeld around his studio, which Carrey said was "my heart" and his pile of paints his "womb." He told Seinfeld he's the only one who's seen inside the space, which is filled floor to ceiling with paintings.
Seinfeld creator Larry David reminisced about the good ol' days with Seinfeld himself in the very first episode and it was only a matter of minutes before the old friends got distracted from their purpose for the day.
"It's a miracle we got any work done," said Seinfeld, "because nobody can waste time like you and me."
Seinfeld went on to say that he believes a good comedian requires laziness, to which David quickly agreed. "I always wanted the show to get canceled so I didn't have to work." David is going to have to hold off on that laziness for awhile, because HBO just announced that his Curb Your Enthusiasm is soon returning for more episodes.
Radio's Howard Stern gave Jerry Seinfeld a very blunt interview, telling the comedian that when it comes to radio, "I'm the best that ever lived."
Stern, between attempts to diagnose the host with mini therapy sessions, also asked Seinfeld to compare himself to Jay Leno (also a guest on Comedians in Cars' third season), who Stern said he wasn't a fan of. "That's a stupid question," Seinfeld countered, telling him that comedy is too subjective to compare.
"I want to get negative," Stern told him, "Let me go there. What kind of interviewer are you? You have let me be me. You be you and I'll be me."
"Great idea," said Seinfeld, to which Stern countered: "I think I'm your best interview."