Seinfeld has said the series was his way to do a talk show without all the entanglements of regular television, and that despite the way the conversations come together, there is no script for the show. Of course, inviting only people who have been professionally funny for much of their lives keeps the risks of a boring car ride low, but what's most striking about the show to date is how deep the conversations go in between the ribbing.
Even Letterman — who seems as comfortable in public as J.D. Salinger — eventually opens up about his career and life. And at the end, there's a surprise where Letterman turns the tables on Seinfeld and revels himself as a bit of an environmentalist with a car many would never expect him to enjoy:
- David Letterman
- Jerry Seinfeld
- Paul Newman