When Jay Leno features a new vehicle on his YouTube channel, it’s usually accompanied by an enthusiastic owner or company representative guiding the host through the various features and functions. Leno’s interest in the vehicle and humorous interjections help balance the bland or occasionally obsequious guests; he is the man with the showbiz background who knows how to keep his viewers engaged. This time, he’s joined by another comic with an automotive obsession. This changes the dynamic just a bit.
No, that comic isn’t Seinfeld. It’s Brad Garrett, best known for his work on Everybody Loves Raymond, who’s also an autophile with a collection that includes Bentleys, Porsches, Cadillacs, and Aston Martins. Despite the experience he’s had in powerful machinery, the 750-horsepower Taycan Turbo S does make a serious impression on him.
Still, his comments in this clip aren’t really aimed at the gearhead. One of the few guests who can make Leno look like a humorless company rep, Garrett plays for laughs and sticks to his lewd, awkward shtick throughout these exchanges.
Though the two don’t get into the usual nuts-and-bolts conversation—which tends to get Leno more enthusiastic than he ever was behind the desk—this does demonstrate another talent of his: playing the straight man. The fact that this Taycan isn’t the butt of the joke to these old-fashioned gearheads, but rather serves as a platform for a traditional double-act, is evidence to the fact that the Taycan is anything but inert.