Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

I'm suppose to be editing this short story I have, 'Upon the Body'. I kind've need to finish this story up: I don't have any short stories unsold at the moment, and I like to have a few, to sell and send out, and just to feel like I'm working when it's quiet. There'll be work soon enough, though: I have a lecture tomorrow to give, agent will have edits on the novel by the end of the week, and there's teaching in between, not to mention various other things. So, I need to get working on this story.

Instead, I found myself at a Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a web show that Jerry Seinfeld worked up last year. In it, he grabs a car, picks up a friend, they grab coffee and chat. I like it, but then I always liked Seinfeld. However, the episode that made me love the show, just a little, is when Seinfeld visits with Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, the former 90, and the latter at 86. They live close by and Brooks comes over to Reiner's place and they watch taped episodes of Jeopardy, old and new movies, and talk about the old times.

It is, I shit you not, the sweetest thing you have ever seen.

There's something just adorable about the fact that Brooks comes over each evening, that they have little dinner trays, that the help for Reiner gives Seinfeld dirty looks because he's obviously bought over a ton of food that'll be bad for them both. There is, in it, this sense of mortality, of humour, of success, but also this great sense of friendship that has endured from the 1950s and to now, where both men, having outlived their partners, keep each other company and tell jokes. It's honestly wonderful. I cannot recommend the episode enough, especially, if like me, you have enjoyed the things that all three men have created at one point in their lives.

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