Funny or Die strikes comedy gold again. This time by putting NASCAR racecar driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the place of David Hasselhoff. And by turning KITT into a whiny, critical, female, who doesn’t like to drive fast or take chances.
Knight Rider was a television hit for NBC from 1982 to 1986. KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand) was an artificially intelligent car that could drive itself, shoot weapons, and do anything to help Michael Knight (Hasselhoff) fight crime.
Fast forward almost 30 years, and now it’s Earnhardt Jr. spoofing the 80s sci-fi drama. The two obvious changes are that KITT went from Trans Am to Camaro (which is what Earnhardt Jr. drives), and the voice of the car, performed by Funny or Die mainstay Angela Trimbur, went from male to female.
As the video unfolds, we see that KITT is like an over-attentive mother to Earnhardt Jr. She makes disparaging remarks about his junk food diet, she impedes on his dating life, and she doesn’t want him to drive over the speed limit.
Here’s a look at the video:
In real life, 39-year-old Earnhardt Jr. is one of the most winning NASCAR drivers competing today. He’s won the Daytona 500 twice in 2004 and 2014 and has 19 career victories. He’s also been selected by race fans as the winner of NASCAR’s Most Popular Driver award 11 times in a row.
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