Behind the Scenes: Jerry Seinfeld’s Visit to Flynn’s Truck Plaza

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When Sean Flynn of Flynn's Truck Plaza in Shrewsbury, Mass., saw a woman in his parking lot taking photos, he walked out and asked if he could help her. He learned that she was a scout for the show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Not long after, his location was hosting comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Aziz Anari, who arrived in a bus Seinfeld was driving. 

Flynn didn’t know when the comedians would arrive, and the scout had told Flynn not to share the potential visit with anyone. “It was difficult not to tell anybody. I told my staff to make sure the location was clean, but didn’t tell them why,” he said.

“We saw a big tour bus that was driving drive down the road with a SUV in front of it filming things. That pulled in and we said, ‘It must be Jerry. He came in and backed into a spot,’” Flynn said.

Flynn said Seinfeld was actually driving the bus, both at the location and in the clips of him traveling down the highways. Not only did Seinfeld drive the bus featured in the location, he accepted a driver’s offer to drive his tractor-trailer. “That just happened. It was all spontaneous. There was nothing scripted,” Flynn said.

Seinfeld and Anari took time to walk through the location and say hello to staff. Then they went to the diner to have breakfast and coffee. The only thing staged for production, was that the man who runs the diner had to pour a cup of coffee 15 times so it looked perfect on the screen, Flynn said. 

Overall, Flynn said it was a fun experience. “It was a much bigger production than I would have thought, especially when you watch the clip,” he said.

View the episode at: http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/aziz-ansari-its-like-pushing-a-building-off-a-cliff

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Mindy Long

Before launching a full-time freelance career, Long edited NATSO's Stop Watch magazine. Prior to that Long worked as a staff reporter for Transport Topics, a weekly trade newspaper, covering freight transportation, fuel and environmental issues. In addition to covering the transportation sector, Long has written, reported and edited for a variety of media outlets. She was the Washington correspondent for WCAX-TV (CBS) in Burlington, Vt., a criminal court reporter in Chicago and a freelance copy editor for Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine in Washington D.C. Long hold a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism in Evanston, Ill., and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.More
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