Jay Leno – A Multi-Talented American Icon
Posted on 10/22/2019
For more than 40 years, comedian Jay Leno has been part of America’s culture, mainly providing comedy. Early on in his career in the late 70s, he appeared on The Tonight Show and would later go on to be its host. In 2014, he moved on to a weekly show called Jay Leno’s Garage, aptly named given it’s all about automobiles. The show airs Wednesday evenings on CNBC.
According to CNBC’s website, the show explores America’s obsession with all things automotive. From classic cars to supercars and everything in-between, he hits the road to discover the most exciting, weird and wonderful vehicles ever made. He also meets the passionate people behind their wheels. Over the years we’ve all heard of his large automobile collection; he seems to be in his element.
When Leno headlines at the State Theatre New Jersey on March 12th, the show is certain to be an entertaining one. Whether you expect to see the Leno of The Tonight Show or his garage, you’re sure to laugh and have a memorable, entertaining evening. Deemed “the hardest working man in show business” Leno has been honored by the Television Academy with an Emmy® for Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and was inducted into the Television Academy's Broadcast Hall of Fame.
While we know him as a television icon and stand-up comedian, he’s multi-talented including being a best-selling children’s book author, a lovable TV and movie voice-over artist, and a pioneering car builder and mechanic.
Since 1985, Leno has been the Grand Marshal for the Love Ride, a motorcycle charity event which since its founding in 1984 has raised nearly $14 million for charities benefiting muscular dystrophy research, Autism Speaks, and in 2001, the September 11 attacks recovery. He and his wife are philanthropists.
As we head toward 2020 and the upcoming election, Leno’s quotes “The reason there are two senators for each state is so that one can be the designated driver” and “If God had wanted us to vote, he would have given us candidates” provide comic relief. Seeing him live can only enhance the experience. Laughter is the best medicine and Leno will deliver the remedy. See Jay Leno live on March 12, 2020.
By Elizabeth C. Millar