I was reminded of this the other day while watching an episode of Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” It’s a great net program in which Jerry Seinfeld drives a car (it changes with every episode) to pick up a fellow comedian to get coffee. And they talk. And we laugh.
Sometimes about the car. Sometimes about the coffee.
But more often about life itself.
Case in point: in a recent episode Seinfeld got coffee with fabled Comedy Central newsman, Jon Stewart. Stewart makes a comment about the free hummus that a comedy club called The Cellar provides for the performers. Seinfeld is familiar with the club and their complimentary hummus, and he recalls to Stewart the following exchange:
“I’m in the cancer ward at Sloan-Kettering [a cancer treatment facility in New York], and I’m visiting a friend who’s dying. He’s got about a month left.”
Stewart: “Omigod, does he know?”
Seinfeld: “Yes. And he says to me, ‘What are you doing tonight?’ I said, ‘I’m going down to The Cellar. I’m tryin’ to work out some stuff.’ And he couldn’t swallow so he had a cup. As we’re talking about goin’ down to The Cellar, he coughs up this horrible thing. And he says, ‘I’m so sorry.’ I go, ‘That’s okay, it’s gettin’ me in the mood for the hummus.’ I mean, it was a big laugh, and he’s dying. That was one of the best laughs I ever got in my life because in that moment he was happy.”
That brought tears to my eyes. Like I said, a salve no less worthy than that of the priest.
You can watch the full episode here.