President Obama guest stars on Jerry Seinfeld’s web series
James R | On 30, Dec 2015
When it comes to web series, a guest star can make all the difference between fame and obscurity. If you’re a vlogger, you team up with others to produce collaborative videos. If you’re actor Jack Dishel, you get . And, if you’re Jerry Seinfeld, you get the President of the United States to pop up for an episode.
Cameos don’t come bigger than that, but President Obama is no stranger to the world of web videos: earlier this year, Obama was interviewed by three YouTube creators (Bethany Mota, GloZell Green and Hank Green) in a special one-off show that saw the White House YouTube channel hoping to tap the subscribers of the streaming site’s most popular stars.
Obama guest stars in today’s episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, which marks the debut of Season 7 of Seinfeld’s series when it streams at 11.30pm. The long-running show sees Seinfeld joined by friends for a cup of coffee and a drive in a classic car, sharing stories along the way. The series first started in 2012 and airs on Sony’s VOD service Crackle, which has since closed its doors in the UK.
The President marks the first non-comedic actor to guest on the show and, indeed, the first political figure to feature – Season 7’s other passengers include Will Ferrell and Steve Martin, among others.
The episode was shot at the White House this month, reports Variety, and sees the President slide into a 1963 Corvette Stingray to talk about life in the Oval Office.
“Growing up in the ’60s my kid dream was always to be an astronaut — doing a comedy show with President Obama in and around the White House felt like going into space,” Seinfeld said in a statement. “‘How did I get here?’ ‘Is this really happening?’ The president’s humor and generosity are the only reasons this was even possible. He was so easy and fun to be with. Being president and just a cool guy to hang out with at the same time made the experience my own personal moonwalk.”
Eric Berger, Crackle g.m. and exec VP of Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks, adds: “Like everything else Jerry Seinfeld does, he has managed to break records with ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ — we’re so proud of this season that we just couldn’t wait until the New Year for people to see it.”