Comedy nerds are probably already familiar with Jerry Seinfeld’s brilliant webseries Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, but I think regular nerds will like this week’s episode too. It features Patton Oswalt talking about his favorite superhero, killing Superman, and they drive around in a DeLorean.
If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s exactly what the title implies. Jerry Seinfeld picks up a comedian in a specially selected car, and they drive around for a bit and get coffee. Since Patton Oswalt is a nerd icon, what better car than a DeLorean? Alright, it turns out any car is better than the DeLorean they tried in the show, because it breaks down immediately, but don’t worry — Seinfeld’s got a backup DeLorean.
The highlight of the show is the moment when Seinfeld asks Oswalt who his favorite superhero is. The serious pause Oswalt takes before answering is telling as to just how serious he takes a question like this. It’s plenty of time for Seinfeld to get a joke in, saying, “My kid asked me the other day if I believe in God, and I didn’t take that long as you just took.”
The answer, which I thought was surprising, was Spider-Man, but the reason Oswalt gave was actually kind of touching. He said:
I think my favorite superhero is Spider-Man. As I get older. It’s Spider-Man. Yeah, because it is the one superhero comic where, “Should I be out crime-fighting if I want to have a family? Maybe I should stop. Does the city really need me?”
You can watch the full video above, and head over to the show’s page on Crackle if you want to see more.
- Patton Oswalt is great at Twitter
- Watch this animated story of the time he met a magical black man
- His Parks & Rec filibuster is genius