President Obama and comedian Jerry Seinfeld compare cars and trade one-liners in a 19-minute episode of “Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee.”
The episode began airing Wednesday, and opens with Seinfeld phoning the president. Seinfeld compliments Obama for “cutting all that red tape in Washington” when Obama appears to answer the call directly.
While Seinfeld introduces Obama to a 1963 Corvette Stingray, Obama lets Seinfeld sit in the back seat of the presidential limo, a Cadillac that Obama refers to as “the beast.” Obama says being able to call a nuclear submarine from the car is a cool feature, plus it has seat warmers.
During the course of the show, Obama relishes the thought of some anonymity and describes Teddy Roosevelt as a guy who might be the most fun to hang out with. He says Roosevelt would take a monthlong trip to Yellowstone National Park without anyone knowing where he was. “Sounds pretty good to me,” Obama said.
“That’s a lot of messages when you get back,” Seinfeld shot back.
The two have some fun at Larry David’s expense. David and Seinfeld co-created the Seinfeld sitcom. At one point, Seinfeld asks how many world leaders are just completely “out of their minds?” “A pretty sizable percentage,” Obama estimated.
The show runs on Crackle, a unit of Sony Pictures Television, and can be watched at www.crackle.com.
Swift is on top of the world (tours)
Taylor Swift’s star-studded “1989 World Tour” topped Pollstar’s list of worldwide tours of the year, grossing $250.4 million. Swift’s tour grossed $70 million more than the No. 2 tour of the year, AC/DC’s “Rock or Bust World Tour,” which brought in $180 million.
One Direction, U2 and Foo Fighters rounded out the Top 5 tours.
Swift’s stadium tour featured songs from her bestselling “1989” album and featured guest appearances from various musicians, actors, athletes and models, from Mick Jagger to Julia Roberts to Kobe Bryant and Heidi Klum. Ticket prices for her tour averaged at $110.50.
Kevin Hart’s comedy tour was a white-hot success, grossing $82.2 million and coming in at No. 12. Garth Brooks came in at No. 9; The Rolling Stones at No. 10; Madonna at No. 11; Paul McCartney at No. 13; and Neil Diamond at No. 20.
new stamps: The U.S. Postal Service is giving Trekkies an extra reason to mail things in 2016: four stamps celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original “Star Trek” television series. The stamps are among a slate of new designs that the Postal Service announced will be released in 2016. The “Star Trek” set features images based on the Starship Enterprise, a crewman being beamed up, the Starfleet insignia and the Vulcan salute made famous by Spock. But space nerds will also appreciate two new stamps highlighting NASA’s New Horizon mission to Pluto.