In the latest installment of Jerry Seinfeld's online show, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he trades ideas and quips with the creator of Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel Hodgson.
The setting for the show with Hodgson is New Jersey as the two pals start out in New York City and travel through the highways of North Jersey to grab some coffee.
Hodgson and Seinfeld go way back and share a love of exploring the origin of all things odd and normal.
Each episode of Comedians features a different coffee shop and classic auto of Jerry's choosing. This week he drove a beautifully restored 1963 VW Karman Ghia in what Seinfeld described as sea blue in color.
The Karman Ghia, according to Jerry is a perfect auto for those that were dying to have a sports cars but loved Volkswagens. His model possessed a four-cylinder Porsche engine under the rear hood.
The point of the show is to use the car rides and coffee shop conversation to give viewers a hint of what a chat with two famous and funny guys would be like, if they knew they were on camera.
The show is streamed on Crackle.com and the program's website Comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com and previous episodes are available on demand.
Along with the classic car from the '60s, the pair end up at a diner in the motif of the 1950's. Jerry asks his guest why we are so fascinated by decades past that we try and recreate classic designs from those times.
Hodgson's reply is as good as it gets: "Because when we go back, we know what we're going to say."
Joel Hodgson was a standup comic prior to his groundbreaking series Mystery Science Theater 3000. According to his IMDB.com bio he is also a toy designer, sculptor and writer, who worked on the Jimmy Kimmel Show in its infancy.
Seinfeld and Hodgson began to talk about popular subjects for comedians, one of which is corporate settings with boss vs. employee set ups. Hodgson's opinion is that it is something comics don't have to deal with, making it fodder for their humor.
Seinfeld: "The boss-employee situation is a such a typical attempt to organize the un-organizable. We see the hopelessness of trying to organize human endeavor into a building."
Hodgson: "We like to be in a system. You can agree with me that I'm your boss and you do what I say and everything is gonna be fine," as Seinfeld cracks up.
The conversation turned to the latest in ketchup packaging, delving into fart sounds territory and ended in the car returning to NYC with an exploration of why comics attack movies more easily than television shows. You get the picture.
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is streamed Thursdays on a schedule listed at Crackle.com with on-demand viewing of older episodes. Image: Wikimedia/Shankbone