Who was the first comedian to enter a car and go get some coffee? Was it Aristophanes, the Greek playwright who started his comedy career in 425 BC? They didn't have cars back then, so probably not. Buster Keaton was filmed driving around in cars plenty of times, though no footage exists of him pulling up for some java.
In fact, as Jerry Seinfeld would like us to believe, it was his idea for comedians to get in cars and proceed to purchase coffee-based beverages, discussing their craft at each step of the way. That's why his hit talk show series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee has proven to be such a worthwhile format. But now someone is trying to claim that Jerry did not in fact invent the idea for mirth-makers to utilize motorized vehicles in their pursuit of bean juice.
According to TMZ, a man named Christian Charles claims he pitched Jerry on the idea for Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee way back in 2002. At the time, Charles claims Seinfeld wasn't interested. Then, some nine years later, Seinfeld called up Charles to flesh out the idea some more.
Apparently, the pair shot a pilot and fleshed out budgeting plans. The lawsuit alleges that Seinfeld was pissed off about Charles wanting a co-creator credit, so he produced the show without him. Charles is asking for a cut of JSeinfeld's pay (which is apparently $750,000 USD per episode since the show moved from Crackle to Netflix), as well as a creator credit.
Speaking to TMZ, Seinfeld's lawyer Orin Snyder said, "This lawsuit is delusional. Jerry independently created Comedians in Cars and Mr. Charles only concocted this claim after the show became a commercial success. We are confident that this shakedown lawsuit will go nowhere."