Today on Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Jerry Seinfeld spends the afternoon with the legendary Howard Stern (and his hair).
“GTO is for a guy that wants to tell the world, I will not be going quietly,” comments Jerry towards the beginning of the episode. “Which is why it is a prefect car for my guest this week, A Mr. Howard Stern, who according to him, is the greatest radio broadcaster of all time.”
You know that Jerry put some thought to this one, as there are very few engines sounds that could penetrate beyond the quick tongue of Howard Stern. The 4-barrel V8 engine of the 1969 Pontiac GTO “Judge” was probably Jerry's best chance.
In many ways the 1969 Judge was an exercise in seeing just how many brand copyrights Pontiac could break. The term GTO (Gran Turismo Omologato) was undoubtedly borrowed from Ferrari, who coined the term to express the opinion that a particular car came pre-approved at a GT racecar. The term “The Judge” was in reference to Sammy Davis Junior's character in the popular television show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In.
The fully loaded 1969 Pontiac Judge was not an easy car to master. In fact, its radical camshaft and underrated 370 horsepower 400 cubic-inch V8 was known to have a weak bottom end (under 3,000 rpm), but an extremely lethal top end. In the hands of an artist, however, the Judge quickly became a legend. The particular 1969 Pontiac GTO that is Chauffeuring Stern is equipped with the Ram hood, hideaway headlights, and hood mounted tachometer.
“I've got to be honest with you, I really don't want to go to a coffee shop with you,” says Stern to Seinfeld.
“I don't give a damn... you're stuck,” Seinfeld says back.
“You have nothing prepared,” Stern questions.
“Nothing.” And thus the entertaining banter between the two comedians begins.
Along the way we discover that Stern's father ignored him most of the time, preferring to listen to the radio. This is why Stern learned the art of radio hosting, so that he could one day get the attention of his father. We also find that Stern is uncomfortable in men's restrooms with other guys, to which Seinfeld replies, “Let's go pee together.”
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