Seinfeld brings ‘Comedians in Cars’ to Portland

Seinfeld, Armisen grab coffee at Coava for web series

Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen take a tour of Portland for "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which was released Dec. 4. (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee)
Jerry Seinfeld and Fred Armisen take a tour of Portland for "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," which was released Dec. 4. (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — It was only a matter of time before Jerry Seinfeld and his hit web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” took a road trip to Portland to meet with the city’s most famous funny man.

That time came — or its edited version did — with the show’s newest installment posted Thursday morning.

For those that haven’t seen it, the show’s title explains the premise simply and perfectly. Seinfeld picks a different car for every comedian, one that reminds him of the person in some way or another, riffing with his guest as they joy ride to a nearby coffee shop.

It’s Jerry’s fifth season doing the show, and he’s had some big names riding shotgun, Jon Stewart, Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman among them.

But this was the series’ first trip to Oregon, and with Portlandia’s season premiere just announced for January, the New York comedian picked a good time to chat with Fred Armisen.


“I love Portland. It’s one of my favorite, favorite cities in America,” Seinfeld told Armisen as the two chugged along in a 1965 olive green Saab 96 Monte Carlo 850.

Seinfeld and his producers are known to put a lot of thought into each episode’s car, and as he soon explained, put that same effort into this one.

“Saab represents ‘whatever anyone else is doing, we’re not doing that,'” he told Armisen. “That’s Portland and that’s you.”

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The comedy duo then headed to Coava Coffee Roasters in Southeast Portland in what had to have been a treat for the store’s patrons (and owner). And despite a lengthy wait — the “Portland Hipster Service Wait-O-Meter” became a common theme — Seinfeld seemed to enjoy his cup.

“This is so good,” Seinfeld said. “This is a reason to live here.”

Armisen kept things in Southeast after Coava as the two headed to Wolf and Bear’s food truck on SE 28th Street. After a quick bite, Seinfeld and Armisen drove up to N Mississippi’s Paxton Gate, a boutique specializing in all things taxidermy.

One encased butterfly purchase later and they were on their way.

Things we learned about Jerry Seinfeld

  • Not a fan of fixed-gear bicycles. “Why would I go back to before they invented gears?”
  • Thinks Fred Armisen is a little bit bird-like. “As a human, you seem kind of like an exotic bird.”
  • Won’t be watching Game of Thrones. “I don’t like hawks and I don’t like the Middle Ages.”
  • Missed the whole 1970s punk rock thing. “When you said The Clash, not a clue.”

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