Jerry Seinfeld has a message for local fans, especially residents of one famous South Florida community: “To my fans in Del Boca Vista, I say, ‘You’re living in a fictional town. Move some place real.’”
Seinfeld has moved on, leaving television and “Seinfeld” in his rear-view mirror, even if many fans of his iconic comedy cannot.
This would include ESPN’s Mike Greenberg, who anticipated Seinfeld’s Thursday morning visit to the Herald Square set of “Mike and Mike” by wearing a billowy homage to the “puffy shirt” episode of “Seinfeld.” Partner Mike Golic offered Seinfeld some Junior Mints.
But if you saw the comedian’s act the last time he performed at the Hard Rock, where he returns Friday and Saturday, you know his aim is no longer tweaking the social ineptness of supercillious New York singles. As “Seinfeld” was coming to a close 15 years ago, its star was getting married and starting a family (he has a daughter, 14, and sons 10 and 8), who have helped him form opinions of household chores, video games and Pop Tarts.
“A wife and children are the greatest possible thing that can happen to a comedian,” says Seinfeld, who turns 60 in April, speaking from New York on Thursday. “It opens up this whole world of funny things you didn’t know about.”
His act this weekend also may be sprinkled with topical South Florida oddities relayed by his other family, his mother, Betty, who lives near Palm Beach.
"I am very familiar with what's in your paper. I hear about it every day from my mother," Seinfeld says.
But it is getting away from the family that has brought Seinfeld the most acclaim of late with “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” a free Internet show on Crackle.com that has generated 25 million views since its 2012 premiere.
Like a scene out of “Seinfeld,” its creator says the first exploratory meeting about “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” was awkward. An unscripted show about Jerry and his friends going for coffee?
“People had no idea what I was talking about,” he says. “So I went out and made a few of them, because I couldn’t explain it. Even though the whole idea of the title was so I wouldn’t have to explain it.” For his test shows he chose his buddies: Larry David, Alec Baldwin and Miami Beach native Barry Marder, a.k.a. Ted L. Nancy (“Letters from a Nut”).
“I wanted to see if I could capture another side of these types of people. I really thought it was just a thing for dyed-in-the-wool comedy fans,” he says.
Crackle recently announced that “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” which has generated enough clicks to get a sponsorship from Acura, will return for a fourth six-episode season. Thursday brought the penultimate show of the current season, with famed car enthusiast Seinfeld and Emmy-winning former “30 Rock” star Tina Fey driving a 1967 Volvo 1800S for coffee at Harlem’s Floridita restaurant.
The season finale on Feb. 6 is “an episode that a lot of people have been eagerly anticipating,” Seinfeld says. His coffee mate will be Howard Stern.
Seinfeld told Greenberg and Golic: “I asked Howard Stern, ‘What do you think your last week of life will be like? What do you think you’ll be doing right before you die?’” The answer: “Doing a show.”
IF YOU GO
Jerry Seinfeld performs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Hard Rock Live (1 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets: $79-$169. Info: MyHRL.com.