Saturday, March 23, 2013

Leno vs Fallon - Gearhead vs Dork

Jay with his '55 Buick Roadmaster. Ask Jimmy about the car
 and you'll get a lame imitation of Rain Man

By now you've probably heard the news that NBC is planning to push out Jay Leno as the host of the Tonight Show and replace him with uber-dork Jimmy Fallon, who currently hosts Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Proving that the suits at NBC learned nothing from the Conan O'Brien fiasco, they've managed to get into a very public war with Leno, who's done nothing but lead the 11:30 time slot for most of his 20 years on the job.

Supposedly the younger Fallon is supposed to bring in that coveted young hip viewer that advertisers supposedly want. I guess credit repair and Google ads to thousands of hipsters bring in more bucks than selling Viagra to millions, what do I know.

I do know that Fallon isn't funny. He comes across as a dorky nervous guy who's twitching on the stage on Open Mike Night at The Comedy Store. Fallon is somebody you'd ask to do a eulogy to insure that no one laughs during the funeral.

If someone does laugh at one of Fallon's jokes, odds are it's Jimmy Fallon

His humor might get some laughs in the break room at the office, but hosting the Tonight Show pays millions, and I can't figure out why Jimmy Fallon is the man for the job other than he has to be the biggest ass kisser in show business. I've heard that he's a nice guy and he seems nice enough most of the time, but then again most ass kissers are.

My hunch is that the suits at Comcast and NBC want someone who always follows orders and is a consumate Yes Man. Jay Leno has grown too rich and independent for their needs, even though he's worked hard and brought in the ratings cash.

OK, so what does this have to do with cars?

It's just that Jay Leno is probably the world's biggest gearhead and he has a warehouse loaded with a collection of classic cars of every kind that even automotive museums only dream of having.

Jay's collection is far too vast to cover here, but he does have a great web site of his collection called Jay Leno's Garage.

On his site, Jay has dozens of videos covering one of his favorite cars. Leno knows his way under the hood, and if he doesn't he brings on an expert who can elaborate on the car's specs and history. After a walkaround presentation of the car, Jay will take it for a ride around the streets of northern Burbank near his garage and occasionally onto a mountain road above the 210 Freeway. If Leno is testing a high performance ride, he'll treat you to a massive smoking burnout on the street leading to his place.

Here's Jay test driving the 2013 Mustang Boss 302;

Take a look around at Jay's Garage, and if you're a car lover like me, you'll spend hours going over his presentation videos and other interesting features

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