They are hooking up—with other celebrities. There may be other comedians doing it in cars, too, but I’m specifically talking about Jerry Seinfeld and James Corden.
“Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is an Internet sensation where Jerry Seinfeld picks up his guest in a vintage automobile or a sports car. On their way to get coffee, they sometimes get lost, get stopped by the police, or just have an entertaining chat. The show uses drones for aerial shots. My favorite episode is when Jerry arrives at the White House to take President Obama out. They don’t get far because Secret Service stops them and forbids them from leaving the secure area. They come back inside the White House for coffee and conversation. It sometimes feels like Jerry is a therapist listening to a celebrity vent. I wish I had a dollar for every time he says “right, right” in agreement with his guest’s remarks.
James Corden and his guests get down singing duets at the top of their lungs in “Carpool Karaoke.” If they weren’t confined in their car seats, I think they’d get up and dance. James brought this concept from England where he did a carpool karaoke skit with George Michael for Comic Relief. It became a popular routine in his new late, late show. Tooling around London with Adele drew 86 million views alone. In prime time, this past Tuesday night on CBS, James had a special, including a carpool karaoke skit with Jennifer Lopez. Being a wild and crazy guy, James used Jennifer’s phone to send a text message to Leonardo DiCaprio. She couldn’t believe it when he hit send, making Leo think the bizarre message came directly from her. Just as entertaining were his skits with Elton John and Justin Bieber.
Traffic, stop lights, speed limits, and annoying drivers are part of our daily life getting from here to there. James Corden and Jerry Seinfeld have inspired me. The next time I’m stuck in traffic, I’m going to turn up the music and sing loudly and badly. Maybe I’ll do a little shimmy and shake. We can complain or have fun. I choose fun, what about you?