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David Letterman: Late Night’s Version of a Super-Charged Volvo Station Wagon

DavidLettermanComediansinCarsIf you never saw the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee episode featuring David Letterman, now is the time to cue it up. There will be many tributes, even more articles and a few showcase interviews before Dave finally hangs it up in 2015. But for our money, all of these artifacts will have a hard time matching the entertainment value of the Crackle series.

Part of the reason the Letterman episode is so memorable is that host Jerry Seinfeld, for one of the very few series times, drives not one of his own car-collection vehicles but rather two sets of wheels belonging to the guest. And what a car the marquee vehicle is – a Volvo 960 station wagon, stealth-souped with a race car engine for Dave by late, great pal Paul Newman.

The other principal reason this Coffee klatch is worth watching now is that it is a career retrospective, but without any of the forthcoming pomp and circumstance that will no doubt drive Letterman crazy. During the conversation with Jerry, Dave slips in a sly little Jay Leno dig (“Get a little something for yourself…”), breaks down one of his all-time great ad lib moments (“Have you ever had the hump of a camel?…”) and remembers the challenges of opening in Denver for Leslie Uggams.

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Jerry Seinfeld Offers Up Classic Description of the Smartphone Scroll

There was some very solid Seinfeld last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. The king of the observational world kicked off his stand-up routine with a look at the ubiquitous Smartphone.

Seinfeld’s mockery of a user always needing to be in touch with their friends was fantastic, especially his description and pantomime of the bottom-to-top scroll through a list of friend names. “Really? They don’t seem very important. Not the way you scroll through their names and your contact list like a gay French king. ‘Who pleases me today… Who shall I favor?… Who shall I delete?’…”

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Up Next for Jerry Seinfeld: Tina Fey

We are longtime, early fans of Jerry Seinfeld‘s Crackle Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And so, it was with bittersweet disappointment that we greeted the recent half-season relaunch featuring Louis CK.

Seinfeld trolley-ed down to an NYC dock with the incomparable everyman comic and took a ride in CK’s Jaws-like boat. It’s not that the episode was terrible or anything; it was just surprisingly flat – like the Manhattan surrounding waters on filming day – and surprisingly light in terms of laugh-out-loud moments.

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Larry David Home Still on the Auction Block

Shutterstock_LarryDavidCertain articles on FishbowlNY wind up having a surprisingly long and vigorous click-life. One of the latest examples of this much appreciated phenomenon is our summer post about the estimated net worth of Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld.

Since the topic of how much cash the bald-headed half of this duo has stashed seems evergreen (in more ways than one), we thought we’d end the week by zeroing in on a portion of LA Times real estate columnist Lauren Beale‘s latest “Hot Property” dispatch. When your TV credits include Seinfeld, it’s no problem to knock a couple of million off:

Larry David has curbed his enthusiasm by more than $2 million since he listed his Pacific Palisades estate in March at $14.999 million.

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Acura Sponsors a Show About Other Cars

A perfect Jerry Seinfeld premise, don’t you think?

AcuraNSXPer a recent interview piece by LA-based Bloomberg reporters Alan Ohnsman and Andy Fixmer, the second season of the comedian’s Crackle Web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has a single sponsor – Acura. Although one episode featuring Sarah Silverman includes some product-placement conversation, Honda/Acura is basically paying for the privilege of wrapping online ads and a “Presented by” banner around Seinfeld rhapsodizing about other brands:

“From a traditional viewpoint, a lot of car companies or marketers would have dismissed this opportunity because he has other cars in it,” said Honda senior vice president Mike Accavitti. “I appreciate the old Porsche that he wants to show or the big Rolls-Royce that he wants to go pick up someone up in, the old Beetle he uses to get Larry David.”

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Larry David, Jerry Seinfeld: Nothing But Net Worth

What’s $100 million between very rich friends? We don’t usually cover reverse-PR gambits like this one today from intelligence firm Wealth-X, but in this case it was too fun to pass up.

According to Wealth-X’s research, revenues from Curb Your Enthusiasm plus the bounty of a fifth Seinfeld syndication deal earlier this year have David sitting at $900 million in net worth. As such, he is the “wealthiest comedian” ahead of Seinfeld ($800 million), Letterman ($390M), Cosby ($360M) and Sandler ($290M).

In the debut episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry and Larry agreed no one was better at wasting time than the two of them. David also confessed he always wished Seinfeld would get canceled, so he could stop working.

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USA TODAY Launches Las Vegas Travel Website

Upon clicking into the article “Best Places to Spot Stars in Las Vegas” on USA TODAY ‘s new co-branded vertical, we noticed something a little different. Next to each menu-page picture of the suggested A-list ambush locales, there is a button that reads: ‘ADD TO MY EXPERIENCE.’

Very clever. As readers make their way through a site that feels a lot like those of urbandaddy.com and other similar city-centric email blast services, they can build their own travel destination repertoire. This is a good example of how a newspaper can extend itself into the Web, well beyond the paywall-or-no-paywall realm.

And any Vegas Buzz section toplined by articles about topless pools and additional Caesar’s dates for Jerry Seinfeld immediately has both our outdoor and indoor attention. Put it this way: the new Sin City compendium is much more colorful than the blue-dot logo USA TODAY recently plunged into. (It’s prominently displayed on the new Vegas site.)

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Jerry Seinfeld Does Surprise Set at The Improv

How do you stay limber ahead of stand-up performances in Redding (tomorrow) and Santa Barbara (Friday)? If you’re Jerry Seinfeld, that’s easy; you valet park the vintage wheels at Budd Friedman‘s Improv and walk on stage for an unannounced 20 minutes.

Jay Mohr was on the marquee for the early show at The Improv last night and tweeted out, with the hashtag #studygreatness, news of the Great Observational One’s drop-by. That in turn inspired this tweet from a certain Chelsea Lately regular:

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Media Wastes Little Time Catching Up to @SeinfeldToday

This may be a new record. Sunday afternoon, the Twitter account @SeinfeldToday was playfully launched to showcase the strands of nothingness that might preoccupy Jerry, George, Elaine and Kramer if their Thursday night NBC show was still on the air.

This morning, members of the Jerry-loving media were rushing to get the scoop and this afternoon (ET time), Atlantic Wire blogger Esther Zuckerman was chronicling the whole thing. A mere 20 hours in:

The man behind the account, BuzzFeed’s sports editor Jack Moore, started tweeting out scenarios with his friend, comedian Josh Gondelman, and then decided that the joke merited its own account. Moore is a Seinfeld fanatic himself: “I’m pretty much constantly watching episodes in the background while I’m doing anything,” he told us in an email. “I have a thumb drive with the whole series on it that I keep in my bag pretty much all the time.”

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With Fallon and Michaels Officially TOLDJA-ed, Who Should Host Next Oscars?

Chalk up another TOLDJA! for Nikki Finke, from a beat she still pretty much owns (who, what, when, where and how each year’s Oscar broadcast is taking shape).

In this case, on the red carpet heels of an August 2 LA Times report that Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels were in talks to handle 2013 broadcast chores, Finke quickly harpooned that notion, explaining that these efforts had begun and ended with exiting AMPAS president Tom Sherak. This past Wednesday, Fallon confirmed his non-participation during a Today Show interview from London and last night, Kim Masters added a Hollywood Reporter item that seemingly reconfirms Michaels will not be involved with any iteration of Sunday Night Live.

In the wake of all this, the question remains not so much who the Oscars should approach for the producing and hosting gigs, but rather who might actually say yes. Word is the list of those who regularly turn down AMPAS is long and illustrious. In her updated Sherak item, Finke for example noted that perfect A-list candidate Tom Hanks continues to pass.

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