This week, The InEVitable show shifts away from one of the best-looking car enthusiasts in Hollywood (it was real, Mr. James Marsden) to one of the funniest. Spike Feresten will go down in history as the guy who wrote the “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld. In fact, if you visit the Sony Pictures Studio Tour, you’ll see a reproduction of the Seinfeld set with a “Soup Nazi” episode script sitting on the coffee table.
Spike also wrote for Saturday Night Live, the Late Show with David Letterman, Space Ghost, and one especially funny episode of The Simpsons. He collaborated with Jerry Seinfeld post Seinfeld—2007’s Bee Movie—and continues to do so today. Spike actually left a meeting concerned with the new Seinfeld Pop-Tarts-themed Netflix movie tentatively titled Unfrosted to record the episode with us. On the automotive side of things, Spike hosted Car Matchmaker and is the driving force behind Spike’s Car Radio (a podcast that I happen to be a co-host of along with infamous ambulance chaser Paul Zuckerman). More important, Spike is a major Porsche collector.
So why did we have him on The InEVitable? Spike likes Teslas, too. Truthfully, love might be the better word. In 2021 Spike bought his wife a Tesla Model Y, and he hasn’t stopped waxing poetic about it since. But he’s been on the path to green driving for some time. Long before the Tesla arrived, his wife forced him into a “green” Toyota Prius—and then three more—before switching to a BMW 530e PHEV, a plug-in hybrid with a small electric-only range. This led the Ferestens to Model Y ownership and Spike to near obsession. We discuss why.
But we get funny, too! Ed asks who has the biggest car collection, Jerry, Jay Leno, or Letterman. Naturally this leads to Spike imitating all three. But he also goes in depth about the differences between the collections of the three funny men, including a rare peek into what cars Seinfeld actually owns. (Hint: It’s not just Porsches.) We learn about Letterman’s cars, too. We also learn about how Letterman and Spike entered a charity race, cheated, got caught, and were subsequently disqualified. We end the show with a thought experiment—does Spike think EVs will ever be collectable? You gotta listen to hear his answer.
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