Tom Hanks Launches The 3 Minute Talk Show

Does the world really need another Hollywood-centric talk show?

Well, when the person behind it is Tom Hanks and the length of the weekly Wednesday online-only program is limited to a deliberately condensed six minutes, the answer to the above question can perhaps be yes. The first two episodes of The 3 Minute Talk Show With Barry Sobel debuted online today at LStudio.com, the online content venture from Lexus.

Fred Willard is the 3 Minute sidekick; stand-up Barry Sobel (who coached Hanks for the film Punchline) is the host; and producer Hanks, whose Playtone is underwriting, laughs it up as Guest #1.

Our favorite line from Hanks, to Sobel: “You make Charlie Rose look like a trailblazer.” The musical lyric intro for Hanks is also pretty funny: “Tom Hanks… A nice guy who doesn’t take drugs.” Show #2 features Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston.