Jon Dore photo by Rebecca Rotenberg | Not It: The Mischief at SXSW 2013
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Have you checked out Jerry Seinfeld's web series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee? I did and after five minutes I wondered what happened to the editors.

I must admit, the camera crew does a fantastic job of filming it. I admired the seamless close-ups and panoramic footage of Jerry driving around with different comedians.
 
I'm not into cars, but suddenly I was paying a whole lot more attention to them rather than the conversations.
 
What I'd rather see is the best snippets of each conversation in a row (without the small talk). I found Howard Stern extremely interesting and I enjoyed him questioning Jerry about his life. I was hoping to hear something from Jerry as deep as what Howard revealed (like how the car radio felt like the only way to connect with his father). 

We get it, you are successful and drive nice cars

But what's your daily struggle Jerry? That's what we want to know.

Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld (2010)
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And who doesn't enjoy Larry David? But I've seen Larry playing himself plenty now and frankly, I want to see these guys do something that "takes some effort."

Case in point...

Now take Jon Dore, for example, he pushes the limits. Sure, sometimes he blurts out something wildly inappropriate - but I tell myself he's in character and admire him for taking a chance. And Jon Dore is capable of so much more (as are most Canadian comedians I've seen). 
 
What I also found hilarious about The Jon Dore Television Show (which only ran for two seasons) was that he consulted with real life therapists. Susan Lynne[1] is a psychotherapist who provides corporate training workshops, keynote speeches (such as conflict resolution, diversity, and leadership), executive coaching, and personal therapy.
 
I loved how she'd try to counsel Jon even when he'd say something inappropriate or outrageous. She would get a disturbed look on her face and a deep vertical line would appear between her eyebrows. These scenes were incredibly convincing on The Jon Dore Television Show.[2]
 
Unfortunately, I couldn't find any G-rated video clips of Jon Dore speaking with Susan Lynne. So I decided to feature a short clip which illustrates the extent of Jon's comedic effort:

The Obstacle Course (only 2:55)...

As you can tell, Jon challenges personal habits and societal issues. There comes a point when I start to wonder: does this guy really have these issues? Of course, like Stephen Colbert, it's hard to tell when Jon is in character or acting as himself.

In another episode of the show, Jon tries to confront his childhood fear of bats. And wouldn't you know it? He consults with Dr. Martin M. Antony[3] who actually is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada.

In the course of seeking help, Dr. Antony counsels Jon and explains more about the process of behavior therapy. I couldn't stop laughing when Jon turns the table during the consultation and gets Dr. Antony to confess his fears. What happens near the end had me in stitches.

(And yes, I did notice that the caption for Dr. Antony on the show was spelled wrong - not sure if it was intentional or not, though).

 

Scared of Bats (only 6:17)...

Okay, so you might be thinking, "Yeah but Jon Dore is a young guy, he has the energy for all that physical comedy." Well, here's my Canadian answer to that . . Red Green.

In the following clip, Red makes a Hummer. And Steve Smith[4] (who plays Red Green) isn't a young guy, he's 68. I love all the effort taken to produce this 3:26 second video (shown next).
 
I'd much rather see Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David driving an old car that gets a flat tire or something. It'd be entertaining as h*ll to see them get a little dirty trying to change a tire or fix it somehow. 

Red Green makes a Hummer...

Jon Dore photo by Mandee Johnson  | Not Safe For Work
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Now back to Jon Dore. He's definitely capable of more sophisticated humour (without using words we don't want the kids to hear). 

He can take any conversation and turn it into something both meaningful and funny. Nothing keeps a comedian sharper than speaking with real people (or better yet, speaking with kids).

In this next snippet, Jon Dore wants to quit smoking and decides to seek the advice of young Julian Hoar, a former thumb sucker. Notice how Jon mimics the child's nonverbal behavior and draws some wisdom out of it. I'd sure like to see Jerry Seinfeld speaking to some kids.

Interview with ex-thumb sucker (only 3:04)...

Both seasons of The Jon Dore Television Show

are currently unavailable on Amazon. (I was upset too).

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When I found this T-shirt, I couldn't help but think of Jon Dore. Sometimes on his show, a child actor would play a younger version of him. And wouldn't you know it, he had a beard back then too. Made of 100% cotton and available in six sizes (including XXX-Large).