The new Zach Galifianakis show Baskets, which just premiered on FX in January, is set in our very own Bakersfield, California. The show stars Galifianakis in dual roles as Chip Baskets, a failed professional clown, and Dale, his twin brother, as well as Louie Anderson, who plays their mother, and Martha Kelly, Chip’s only friend.
After trying to make it as a clown in France, Chip Baskets returns to his hometown of Bakersfield, where he finds he’s miserable in the arid, dry climate of Southern California. The show often portrays the city as a desert wasteland, but it isn’t all bad—that’s mostly Chip’s perspective. Chip is on his way to finding happiness in Bakersfield; he even gets a job as a rodeo clown.
So it’s not the most flattering portrayal—apparently all there is to do here in Bakersfield is hang out at the gas station or Arby’s—but it’s definitely entertaining to see a dramatized version of our city on TV and poke fun at it a bit. Check out Baskets on FX if you haven’t yet!
The 2016 Mazda CX-9 stands at the top of the crossover class.
Mazda recently released the fuel economy figures for its 2016 Mazda CX-9, and its combined rating of 25 mpg is the best-in-class fuel economy for crossovers that are mid-size, three rows, and non-hybrids. This makes the new Mazda CX-9 more than 30% more efficient than its first generation.
Mazda uses its innovative SKYACTIV® platform to build more lightweight vehicles with lower fuel use and higher engine output. The Mazda CX-9 also has a turbocharged engine, which produces more power while using less fuel.
The Mazda CX-9 also has the new Dynamic Pressure Turbo system, which saves fuel by using exhaust gas regulation to cool the engine instead of bringing in new fuel to do it.
Available all-wheel drive lowers the fuel efficiency by a couple miles an hour, but it’s still near the top of the segment. The 2016 Mazda CX-9 produces 250 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque; the horsepower is down a bit from last year’s model, but the added torque makes up for it by delivering better handling and performance.