Comedy legend Jerry Seinfeld is heading to Netflix

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Comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s sitcom Seinfeld, which featured a fictional version of himself and his friends stumbling around New York, was a comedy juggernaut in the 90’s and widely regarded as one of the best series to date. The man himself has been fairly quiet on the TV/movie front following the end of the show’s run in 1998, mostly popping up for guest appearances on Curb Your Enthusiasm, the long-running series from Seinfeld co-creator Larry David.

That changed back in 2012 when Seinfeld debuted a web comedy series entitled Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, a vaguely scripted series that sees Seinfeld and a random guest hopping into a vintage car to head off to a restaurant to get a cup of coffee  – and what happens from there just flows naturally. The show has currently premiered its ninth season on Sony’s free ad-supported streaming service Crackle, but all that is about to change.

Variety are reporting that Seinfeld has signed a deal with Netflix that’ll see the popular web series jumping to the streaming giant exclusively later this year for 24 new episodes. Along with any subsequent episodes, Netflix will also be streaming the 59 previously released episodes of the show. But wait there’s more! Seinfeld is also on board to create two stand-up comedy specials exclusively on Netflix.

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Seinfeld said in a statement at the announcement of the deal:

When I first started thinking about ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,’ the entire Netflix business model consisted of mailing out DVDs in envelopes. I love that we are now joining together, both at very different points.

I am also very excited to be working with Ted Sarandos at Netflix, a guy and a place that not only have the same enthusiasm for the art of stand up comedy as I do, but the most amazing technology platform to deliver it in a way that has never existed before. I am really quite charged up to be moving there.

While I don’t expect the Comedians series will change at all with the move, the comedy specials are where it could get interesting.  I’ve never been the comedian’s biggest fan because I generally find his subject matter and delivery to be a bit dull, but I’m really curious to see where this goes. Seinfeld has been quite vocal lately about his disdain for “PC culture” which he believes stifles comedic freedom, so it’ll be interesting to see just where he goes in the comedy specials on the platform that’s known for allowing its creators more freedom to express themselves.

Last Updated: January 18, 2017

  • MonsterCheddar

    He is good, but there are funnier guys and gals out there.

  • Admiral Chief

    I’ve never found him funny, to be honest.

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Have you ever endured The Bee Movie? It … almost… killed… me… so…unfunny!

      • Admiral Chief

        I have a daughter. I’ve BEEn put through that horror a few times

        • 40 Insane Frogs

          I’d rather watch Frozen on an infinite loop, at least Frozen has catchy tunes. The Bee Movie… ugh!

          • Hammersteyn

            Haven’t seen either of those
            *Counts blessings

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            Frozen is actually a lot of fun, but I prefer Moana though.

          • Hammersteyn

            I’d rather have frozen balls

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            No man should ever wish to have his balls frozen…. 😮

    • Hammersteyn

      Nor Cosmo Kramer

      • HvR

        *GASP*

        MICHEAL RICHARDS IS BATMAN OF COMEDY!!!!

        • Hammersteyn

          Hamming it up more than Jim Carrey ever did

  • Never found him the least bit funny…

    Maybe targeting the PC crowd would improve his comedy… but I’m not going to be waiting with baited breath

    • 40 Insane Frogs

      Neither Seinfeld nor Larry David are in the least bit funny…. I prefer Doug Stanhope, Bill Burr, Chris Rock, Dave Chapelle etc. Now those comedians tickle my funny bone.

    • Hammersteyn

      So he should right at home with Adam Sandler?

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        Adam Sandler must have some serious dirt on movie executives, because how else is he still allowed to be in movies?

        • Hammersteyn

          Blackmail?

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            Gigabytes of incriminating evidence….

          • Hammersteyn

            I bet he managed to get two paychecks for Jack and Jill

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            Not even Jean Claude van Damme managed that, but Adam knows the dirt…

    • Spathi

      Just to clarify, don’t you find Jerry’s stand up funny, because that would be okay, or didn’t you find the sitcom funny, because then you are dead to me!

      • GooseZA

        To be honest, not finding either funny is already baffling to me. Both are hysterical.

      • They both sucked…

        • Spathi

          BOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Eventually everyone ends up on Netflix!

  • Hammersteyn

    He has a cup on his head…. comedy!

  • HvR

    Dammit now I’m watching best of Seinfeld, dammit got work to do

  • Milesh Bhana

    >> about his disdain for “PC culture”

    Ja! Screw the master race!
    *runs Netflix on an Xbox.

    😛

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