New CNBC star Leno talks cars, com­edy, Trump

The China Post - - ARTS -

Jay Leno couldn’t help him­self. Just be­cause he’s no longer do­ing mono­logues as host of “The Tonight Show” doesn’t mean he can re­sist crack­ing jokes about Don­ald Trump.

Meet­ing with TV crit­ics Thurs­day to dis­cuss his new CNBC car show, Leno took a de­tour to lam­poon the GOP pres­i­den­tial front-run­ner.

Not­ing the bat­tle for that nom­i­na­tion be­tween Jeb Bush and Trump, Leno said, “It’s kind of like the race be­tween the tor­toise and the bad hair.”

And re­call­ing that a med­i­cal prob­lem scored Trump a de­fer­ment from mil­i­tary ser­vice, Leno of­fered his own di­ag­no­sis: “He had an in- trarec­tal cra­nial in­ver­sion: His head was up his ass.”

Leno re­minded re­porters that he has two pas­sions in life, com­edy and cars. The lat­ter is fu­el­ing his new show, “Jay Leno’s Garage,” pre­mier­ing on CNBC on Oct. 7.

He said he owns about 135 cars as well as 117 mo­tor­cy­cles, build­ing on a hobby that be­gan as a teen and found him work­ing as a me­chanic at car deal­er­ships early on. Cars pro­vide clar­ity, he said. “Com­edy is sub­jec­tive. Some peo­ple think it’s funny, some peo­ple think it sucks — and they’re both right. But when a car was bro­ken and now it’s run­ning, no one can say it’s not run­ning.”

Cars are more than me­tal and mo­tion, he added. They come fully equipped with mem­o­ries.

He re­called get­ting word that a 96-year-old woman was look­ing to sell her 1951 Hud­son, which she had bought new but was no longer able to drive.

Leno bought the car and, when it was re­stored, he in­vited her for a spin.

“She got her hair done, and her two ‘kids’ came, too, who are 70 now,” he laughed. “She had the time of her life. It was so much fun to buy that car, fix it up, and take ‘em for a ride.

“You re­ally buy the story, along with the car.”

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