Comedian Samantha Bee rose to fame during a 12-year run as a correspondent for “The Daily Show.” In 2015, she became host of “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,” on TBS, which has been nominated for numerous Emmy Awards, while Bee herself was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People. The naturalized U.S. citizen was born and raised in Canada, and before she took over American airwaves, she was taking over Toronto highways in a steel fortress.
What was your first car?
My first car was a tan Cutlass Supreme, maybe an ’85 or ’86? I can’t remember. It had a chocolate brown velour interior with many, many cigarette burns in the upholstery, courtesy of its previous owner.
How did you acquire it?
I bought it for $600 cash from a man standing in his driveway in the suburbs of Toronto. He handed me the papers and I was off to drink up all of the gasoline in North America.
What did you love most about it?
It was a tank of a car, totally impenetrable, a steel fortress of a thing. The engine was so powerful and steady it was like the murmur of a monster from the bowels of the Earth. Look, I get that we don’t aspire to these kinds of gas-guzzlers anymore, but God was it ever fun to drive.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
No. I still miss it.
What is your favorite memory of the car?
Listening to Tom Petty with the windows rolled down.
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