In other means of social media, I’ll talk about some of my favorite non-music interests, and I am a longtime fan of comedy. I grew up with comedy albums, a good share of sitcoms, and love a funny movie. There was a time in my life when I wanted to be a comedian or a comedy writer, because I was considered the class clown during elementary school and I enjoyed the response I received when I made an effort to be funny. However, the funny bone is one that I enjoy getting tickled at any given time.
I was doing research for suggestions to make for walk-on music for a late night talk show, and the actor in question was Alec Baldwin. I wanted to find something clever, and that lead to his appearance on a show called Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, which I had never heard of. Come to find out that this is a new show created by and starring Jerry Seinfeld, airing on a network I had never heard of before called Crackle. Crackle? I did research and found that Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee is a show where Seinfeld is seen driving around in select cars, talking with some of his funny friends. He has done episodes with Larry David, Ricky Gervais, Colin Quinn, Mario Joyner, Joel Hodgson, and Alec Baldwin. The latest episode features longtime buddies Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks, and with those two names I knew I had to see it. It’s a very simple premise: drive people around and see what kind of stories they come up with. Whatever happens happens, and it is edited down to a show that’s 20 minutes or less. I found myself laughing at the humor, loving the knowledge and information shared, but also admiring the friendship and bond that both Reiner and Brooks have. While I wish this episoide could have been 20 to 40 minutes longer, I think it’s perfect as is. Now I’m a fan of the show, and I want to know more about this Crackle. I was digging around and found some twisted parody of Japanese shows where the host sings very weird songs about hot dogs and saying dirty words. BOOM… I was sold.
According to Wikipedia, Crackle is a network that started earlier this year from the ashes of Grouper, which I hadn’t heard of either. It is “a digital network and studio” owned by Sony, and provides web content “through a web syndication network”, which means apps, YouTube, and content providers like Hulu. As more people become more tech-savvy, this type of on-demand/in-demand programming is not the future, it is something that has existed and loved for years, but it has taken time for things to catch up. What I like is that if for some reason a television show gets canceled by one of the big networks or maybe it is tested but doesn’t appeal to some audiences, a network like Crackle can become the home of that show and eventually gain an audience, however big or small.
Head to the Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee homepage to find out about this episode and watch the show itself from there (including scenes edited out of the final versions), or head to the Crackle info page about the show. You can find out more about the Crackle network by clicking here, which includes information about the free Crackle app where you’re able to stream content.