Jerry Seinfeld was at Facebook HQ in Silicon Valley today to sit down for an interview that was broadcast live via Facebook. Seinfeld talked with Charles Porch, Instagram’s Head of Global Creative Programs, to discuss a myriad of topics, from his creative process on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, his experience meeting President Obama, to his behind-the-scenes commentary on the filming of Seinfeld.
– Seinfeld said that Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee started off as a “garage project” that was intended for the “stand-up geeks, the comedy geeks.” The show was an opportunity to show the minutia of the life of a comic, the stuff that goes on when they’re not on screen, on mic or on stage.
– On President Obama’s appearance on the show: Seinfeld said that President Obama’s people reached out to him to be on the show, not the other way around. While he had some reservations about having someone who wasn’t a comic on the show, he said that the President’s White House Correspondents Dinner monologues have always been “very solid comedy,” so it would work. Plus, he “didn’t see any other really funny comedian-presidents coming, so [he’d] better take this opportunity.”
– He feels that Seinfeld is this generation’s Seinfeld. Seinfeld, by the way was “completely unsupervised by NBC” which was unheard of at the time, and one of the only times that they got any flak from the network was after the infamous “Chinese Restaurant” episode.
– The “darkest joke he ever told” was about an electric fireplace he had in his old apartment that left a prostitute so unimpressed that she couldn’t have sex with him. Jay Leno called him over afterwards and told him “don’t talk about prostitutes, that’s just not who you are.” As anyone familiar with Seinfeld knows, he really doesn’t do dark.
This is just a snippet of the interesting (if not a tad awkward) interview, so do yourself a favor and check out the whole conversation below: