Taking Internet Shows Seriously

Oct 16 2012 @ 8:55am

Ned Hepburn heralds Jerry Seinfeld’s "Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee":

Seinfeld put this together with a shoestring budget and a small team of talented people and it gave some much needed legitimacy to internet television as a whole: here was a major, major star appearing not on the screen that we had fallen in love with him on but appearing on the screen that we carry around with us (iPad), work on (laptops) and carry in our pockets (smart phones). Here was a giant giving away some of his best work for free. For free. Comedian Louis CK gave away his latest special for $5 and became a millionaire in ten days.

… When are people who make decisions – who are most likely pushing 40 or 50 or 60 and can’t understand a world without themselves because which carriage maker could ever fathom an automobile – when are they going to help themselves by helping us and take a risk and put more money into internet television? Seinfeld is showing you a door right now that you should walk through because pretty soon the whole building is going to come down.

Neetzan absorbs the above episode, the season finale with Michael Richards:

"I busted up after that event seven years ago," Richards says, misremembering the date of the [infamous comedy club] incident, in one of the show's most personal moments. "It broke me down. It was a selfish response. I took it too personally. I should have just said, 'Yeah, you're absolutely right. I'm not funny.'" The episode ends with Richards getting a redemption of sorts, as Seinfeld tells his friend and once-TV-neighbor to finally put "this bag" down. The exchange is followed by a scene of fans crowding around Richards, who appears to still have a few jokes left in him.

The full episode here.