Jay Leno (and Harry Shearer and Tom Hanks) on Carmageddon

The biggest traffic jam in American history will be this weekend when they close the 405 freeway, Jay Leno apparently says in tonight's monologue: "They have to do this every two years to sweep up the shell casings." Rim shot. Quote tweeted by Andrew Malcolm, the L.A. Times' politics blogger.

Meanwhile, Harry Shearer emailed an alternate to Carmageddon: Auto da fe. "A bit more classical in derivation," he says.

Also: Tom Hanks tweeted today, apparently as part of the LAPD's celebrity campaign: This weekend, LA! Avoid Carmageddon, Gas-zilla, 405-enstein, Grid-lock-apalooza! STAY HOME. Eat & shop local! Hanx.

Earlier today: Jet Blue's $4 fares between Burbank and Long Beach on Saturday sold out fast. I love that you could upgrade to the roomier seat for a buck more.

More by Kevin Roderick:
Gustavo Arellano, many others join LA Times staff
Power out Monday across Malibu
Put Jamal Khashoggi Square outside the Saudi consulate on Sawtelle
Here's who the LA Times has newly hired*
LA Observed Notes: Clippers hire big-time writer, unfunny Emmys, editor memo at the Times and more
Recent 405 stories on LA Observed:
Metro's 405 contractor sues the agency over delays
Westside's long 405 construction nightmare all but over (photos)
This will be a bad traffic weekend around Sepulveda Pass
LAPD officer saves lucky Christmas drunk from burning car on 405
'Carmageddon' bridge over 405 opens
Final Wilshire@405 fly-over ramp to open Thursday
First flyover ramp opens at Wilshire and the 405
Soon as the 405 is done, more work planned for Wilshire


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