Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live!

infobox television
show_name = Jimmy Kimmel Live!

caption = "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" intertitle
format = Talk show, variety show
runtime = 59:45
creator = Jimmy Kimmel
starring = Jimmy Kimmel
"Cousin Sal" Iacono
Dicky Barrett small|(Announcer)
Cleto and the Cletones small|(Band)"Uncle Frank" Potenza small|(Security)
Guillermo Rodriguez small|(Parking)
Veatrice small|(Security)
executive_producer = Jimmy Kimmel
Daniel Kellison (2003)
Duncan Gray (2003-2006)
Jill Leiderman (2006-2007)
Jason Amick (2007-present)
opentheme = "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" by Robert Goulet
country = USA
language = English
location = El Capitan Theatre
Hollywood, California
director = Joe DeMaio
network = ABC
first_aired = January 26, 2003
last_aired =
num_episodes= 1,061 (as of August 27, 2008)
website = http://abc.go.com/latenight/jimmykimmel/index?pn=index
imdb_id = 0320037
tv_com_id = 16243|

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" is an American late-night talk show, created and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel and broadcast on ABC. The nightly hour-long show made its debut on January 26, 2003, following Super Bowl XXXVII. "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" is produced by Jackhole Productions in association with ABC Studios (formerly Touchstone Television). The TV Guide Network rebroadcasts the previous night's episodes, which are seen weeknights at 6 ET.

"Jimmy Kimmel Live!" is not truly "live;" instead, it is taped at 7:00 pm Pacific Time on the day of broadcast (two hours before it reaches air on the East Coast), except in the event of reruns.

It is the only late-night (talk show) program in the United States that doesn't tape in the afternoon [ [http://www.1iota.com/show.aspx?sid= Jimmy Kimmel Live Ticket & Taping Information] ] , and has become the longest running ABC late-night talk show since "The Dick Cavett Show" in the early 1970s.


The hour-long program made its debut after Super Bowl XXXVII on January 26, 2003. The program originally aired live (albeit with a broadcast delay of a few seconds) in the Eastern Time Zone. Due to increasing concerns about offending local affiliatesfact|date=August 2008, the show began its current practice of taping an hour before it is aired (and with a subtle on-screen disclaimer indicating it's not live). It airs weeknights after "Nightline" in most parts of the country but the start time varies by affiliate.


The show's house band is Cleto and the Cletones, led by saxophonist Cleto Escobedo III, a childhood friend of Kimmel's. The other members in the band are Cleto Escobedo Jr. (the bandleader's father, on tenor and alto saxophone), Jeff Babko (keyboards), Toshi Yanagi (guitar), Jimmy Earl (bass), and Jonathan Dresel (drums). Like other talk shows with live bands, Cleto and the Cletones play the show's opening and closing themes and plays into and out of commercial breaks (they usually play through the entire break for the studio audience). The show's opening theme was written by Jonathan Kimmel and Cleto Escobedo III and sung by Robert Goulet.

Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer, Dicky Barrett is the show's announcer. The show used to feature announcers from the audience, but after the Bosstones went on hiatus in 2004, Dicky became the permanent announcer.

"Uncle Frank" Potenza, Kimmel's real-life uncle, serves as a security guard for the show. Potenza was a New York City police officer and a personal security guard for Frank Sinatra's. Guillermo Rodriguez is the real-life Parking Lot Security Guard for the show, and frequently serves as a celebrity gossip correspondent in a segment called "Guillermo's Hollywood Round-Up".

Popular segments

* Behind the News: Clips are shown from worldwide newscasts of people who disrupt a reporter during his or her news segment.
* Breaking News with Pablo Suzuki: Reporter Pablo Suzuki stands by with pedestrians, reporting false and tragic news. When the pedestrian tries to give their opinion on the subject, Pablo usually interrupts them, or changes the subject.
* Cousin Sal on Location: Cousin Sal usually performs skits out of the studio, such as impersonating a store employee, purposely giving customers bad service, insulting them or giving them something they did not order/ask for.
* Guillermo's Hollywood Round-Up: Guillermo, dressed in a cowboy outfit and a lasso, reports the latest entertainment news in front of a magazine stand. Most of the news reported by Guillermo is incorrect due to his accent and/or reading skills.
* Guillermo in Movies: One of the more popular segments, parking lot attendant Guillermo is superimposed into current movies. Some of the movies he's been "featured" in include "Bourne Ultimatum", "Munich", "Brokeback Mountain", "Spider-Man 3", "The Simpsons Movie", and "Jumper"
* Jake Byrd... Celebrity Avenger!: An occasional actor on the show, Anthony (Tony) Barbieri does a periodic piece, in which he plays a fictional character Jake Byrd, and insinuates himself into real life events around the country. Often he fools those at the event, and even the media, into believing he's a part of the story. Some of the court cases that he appeared at include Paris Hilton, O.J. Simpson, and Michael Jackson
* This Week in Unnecessary Censorship: Every Friday (occasionally Thursdays, if rerun on Friday), a parody on the FCC's censorship rules airs, where TV clips are unnecessarily bleeped and blurred, creating the impression of a far more risqué incident than what had actually been said. Recently, Kimmel also cited the Parents Television Council, a group known for filing the majority of FCC complaints, as an influence for this segment.
* Uncle Frank and Aunt Chippy's Adventures: Jimmy sends his now divorced Uncle Frank and Aunt Chippy to do various activities. (Such as drawing nude models, paint balling, snake wrangling, learning self-defense)
* Unintentional Joke of the Day: A clip is shown, where the line said is usually a sexual innuendo.
* Worst Team on Television: Uncle Frank, Veatrice, and Guillermo discuss a popular topic of the day, usually having no clue what they're talking about and eventually devolving into nonsense and insults.

Locations/special episodes

Quentin Tarantino Directed Episode
In April 2004, Quentin Tarantino directed and produced an episode incorporating his signature camera shots, lighting, fashion and music elements.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Best of 2004
In December 2004 Jimmy Kimmel Live! reflected on the best moments from 2004 during a special year-in-review show hosted by James Lipton.

Non-Denominational All-Star Celebrity Holiday Special
In December 2004, Kimmel offers his own witty take on conventional holiday specials in the style of Perry Como or Bob Hope, featuring a hilarious sing-along of "Winter Wonderland" with Mike Tyson, a woodwind duet with Kenny G, color commentary by movie critics Roger Ebert & Richard Roeper, children's stories read by Flavor Flav and special appearances by Green Day, Serena Williams, actress Jolene Blalock and musical guest Chris Isaak.

Destiny's Child Episode
In November 2005, an entire show devoted to Destiny's Child, aired. This episode, which was the first to devote an entire episode to a musical guest, was also their final television appearance as a group.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Detroit
In January 2006, Kimmel took the show on the road for a week as it originated from the Gem Theatre in Detroit (the host city of Super Bowl XL). Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers (the winning team) and Matt Hasselbeck of the Seattle Seahawks were the guests.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards (2006)
In March 2006, Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired the first special post-Academy Awards. But instead of originating from its regular home at the El Capitan Theatre, the show taped at the El Portal Theatre, in neighboring Los Angeles community North Hollywood.

J.J. Abrams Directed Episode
In May 2006, J.J. Abrams guest-directed this action-packed episode, with featured guests Dominic Monaghan, J.J. Abrams himself, and musical guests Taking Back Sunday.

Jimmy Kimmel Live's 'All-Star Salute to Jimmy Kimmel Live! Prime Time Special
In September 2006, a special prime time edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" aired. This special showed memorable clips from the show's 3 3/4 years on the air.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards (2007)
The second "Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards" show aired in February 2007. Among the featured guests who appeared in this episode were Dr. Phil, Ellen DeGeneres (host of the 79th Annual Academy awards), and musical guest Gwen Stefani.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! on a Bus
In an episode that originally aired in May 2007, Jimmy traveled through Santa Monica, CA in an official city Big Blue Bus. Jimmy Kimmel and his house band picked up unsuspecting passengers along the 15-stop bus route, in addition to his celebrity guests (Paula Abdul, Flavor Flav, and musical guest Feist).

Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Pontiac Garage
In this episode, Jimmy Kimmel aired here with heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne to kick off his new album, Black Rain. Three of Ozzy's songs were performed: I Don't Wanna Stop, Crazy Train, and Not Going Away.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fifth Anniversary episode
The show commemorated its fifth anniversary on January 31, 2008 with long time girlfriend Sarah Silverman who "surprised" Kimmel with a "music video" of her and longtime-butt of jokes actor Matt Damon (see below). A star-studded clip (originally intended to wish Happy Birthday on November 13, 2007, but pre-empted by the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike) was shown featuring appearances by Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart, Elvis Costello, Shaquille O'Neal, the hosts from "The View" (except Barbara Walters), The Killers, Andy Dick, Don Rickles, Charles Barkley, Adam Carolla, Mike Piazza, Steve Garvey, Stephen Colbert, Mike Tyson, and finally Tom Cruise. An "Anniversary Special Unnecessary Censorship" was featured showing memorable "censored" moments the show has mocked. The musical guest was a replay of Coldplay's performance on the first show. At five years, the series is ABC's longest running entertainment late-night show in over thirty years.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards (2008)
The third "Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards" show aired in February 2008. Among the featured guests who appeared in this episode were Ben Affleck (whom with Kimmel made a rebuttal video to the Silverman-Damon video), Jon Stewart (host of the 80th Annual Academy awards), and musical guest Mary J. Blige.

1,000th show
The 1,000th "Jimmy Kimmel Live" show aired on April 3, 2008. Scheduled guests were Richard Simmons and musical guest Kid Rock, who performed on the Pontiac Garage outdoor stage.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night
These episodes aired at 8pm ET and preceded the network's 2008 NBA Finals coverage each game night. These special half-hour pre-game shows began airing on June 5, 2008 and continued through June 17, 2008 (the final night of the NBA Finals), when the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA World Championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.

Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night Of Stars
Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars, which airs on September 21, 2008 at 7pm ET, features chats with Ryan Seacrest, Tracy Morgan, Salma Hayek and Kobe Bryant. The special will be introduced by Barbara Walters, with William Shatner and Rachael Ray also expected to turn up.

Notable guests and events

* In May 2006, Kimmel staged a stunt on his show whereby a rattlesnake bites him on the hand. At first it appeared real, but as it progresses there are clues that it is faked. The show follows Kimmel as he is taken to the hospital. After a commercial break he continues to do the show from his hospital bed with the band, having traveled in the ambulance, at his bedside. The rush to get him in the hospital tied in with his guests from the ABC show, "Grey's Anatomy".
* In February 2007, Andy Dick was forcibly removed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, after repeatedly touching guest Ivanka Trump without her permission. After rubbing Trump's legs and touching her hair, Jimmy Kimmel begged him to behave himself. When Dick asked Trump to "give him a big, fat, sloppy kiss right on the lips" and grabbed her arm, Kimmel called in two security guards. In May 2007, he made another appearance on Kimmel, which began by showing the clip of him being dragged out of his previous appearance, and then wheeled out, Hannibal Lecter-style, on a dolly. To date, Dick is the only guest to have been forcibly removed from the show. When Dick appeared on Kimmel on January 2, 2008, there were no references to his incident with Trump. [ [http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2007/02/jimmy_kimmel.html Why Andy Dick Was Escorted off Jimmy Kimmel's Stage] ]
* Kimmel underwent an emergency appendectomy on June 20, 2007, which forced the cancellation of the show's scheduled tapings for June 21-22. Instead, ABC rebroadcast the two episodes that originally aired during the 2007 NBA Finals. [ [http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory?id=3302044 Jimmy Kimmel Has Emergency Appendectomy] ]
* On November 5, 2007, "Jimmy Kimmel Live", along with most of the other late night talk shows, immediately began airing in reruns as the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike began. The WGA strike forced the cancellation of the show's scheduled tapings through the end of the year.
* On January 2, 2008, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" along with the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno", "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", and "Last Call with Carson Daly" returned to air without writers, with the WGA still on strike. This was in response to the deal by David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants with the WGA to allow "Late Show with David Letterman" and "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" to return with writers. According to Sarah Silverman, Kimmel had been paying the show's staff "out of his own pocket" during the strike. When the show went back on the air, he reran taped sketches so that the still-striking writers would be "paid residuals every single day". [cite news |url=http://www.canada.com/globaltv/globalshows/et_story.html?id=894ce606-0ea4-4c45-9ccd-4cda309805d6 |title=Sarah Silverman a hot commodity |first=David |last=Spaner |publisher=Canwest |work=ET Canada |accessdate=2008-03-30 ]
* On January 10, 2008, Leno appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live", while Kimmel was a guest on the "Tonight Show" that same night.
* On May 1, 2008, Stone Temple Pilots appeared playing their first show since their break up in 2003. The songs "Vasoline" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" were televised.
* On May 16, 2008, WWE Hall of Famer Roddy Piper appeared at Cousin Sal's birthday party at a Hooters restaurant, only to both be interrupted by Santino Marella. Marella, who was already in a storyline as Piper's rival, slapped Cousin Sal, leading to Piper slapping Marella, and then Sal smashing his birthday cake into Marella's face. Santino then challenged Cousin Sal to a wrestling match the following "Monday Night Raw", which Piper accepted for him. Sal & Marella fought two weeks later of the June 6 edition of WWE Friday Night Smackdown. When Kimmel distracted Santino, Sal rolled up Santino for the pin, claiming victory. Kimmel announced later in the show that Cousin Sal's next opponent would be Paul Wight, Jr., a.k.a. The Big Show.

Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon

Frequently at the end of the show, Kimmel thanks the guests as usual, but then adds, "Our apologies to Matt Damon, we ran out of time." Kimmel told TMZ.com that he says this "for no good reason at all," continuing, "A star like Matt Damon would never be scheduled to appear near the end of the show where he can be bumped." [ [http://www.tmz.com/2006/06/27/more-i-just-gotta-know-halle-jimmy-and-denise/ More "I Just GOTTA KNOW!" - Halle, Jimmy and Denise - TMZ.com - Entertainment News, Celebrity Gossip and Hollywood Rumors ] ] On September 12, 2006, Damon appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". A montage of clips demonstrating the numerous times Kimmel performed the bit was shown and, after a very lengthy introduction by Kimmel, Damon appeared on stage. After a few seconds, Kimmel apologized and stated that the show was out of time. He asked Damon if he could come back tomorrow, to which he replied, "Go fuck yourself." Damon continued to curse at Kimmel throughout the rolling of the credits, ultimately slapping the desk and walking off the set with Kimmel chasing after him. In the December 17, 2006 issue of "USA Weekend", Kimmel himself confirmed that the Damon incident was a joke, putting the debate to rest. [ [http://www.usaweekend.com/06_issues/061217/061217whosnews.html USA WEEKEND Magazine ] ] In the June 5, 2007 episode, Kimmel sent his sidekick Guillermo to the Ocean's Thirteen premiere to interview Matt Damon, though when he started the interview, he said that they were out of time, at which point Damon assumed that Kimmel sent him. In the August 2, 2007 episode, Kimmel then announced that Guillermo was taking on the role of Jason Bourne, who was played by Damon, for The Bourne Ultimatum. A clip was shown in which Guillermo was playing Bourne, until Damon showed up and thought that Kimmel was now trying to bump him from his movie. Damon tried to chase Guillermo but Guillermo escaped.

"I'm Fucking Matt Damon" and response video

In a related segment that aired on January 31 2008, Kimmel's then long-time girlfriend Sarah Silverman announced, via a music video, that she had been "fucking Matt Damon." Damon took an additional jab at Kimmel's long running gag by telling Kimmel at the end of the video, "Jimmy, we're out of time. Sorry." On February 24, on Kimmel's third post-Oscar show, he debuted his rebuttal video announcing that he's "fucking Ben Affleck." In addition to Affleck, the video featured Robin Williams, Don Cheadle, Harrison Ford, Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Benji Madden, Joel Madden, Dicky Barrett, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lance Bass, Dominic Monaghan, Meat Loaf, Pete Wentz, Joan Jett, Huey Lewis, Perry Farrell, Christopher Knight,Daniel Radcliff Macy Gray, Rebecca Romijn, Josh Groban, and unnamed choir singers as recording booth singers, along with Brad Pitt as a delivery man.

In late February 2008, Quick Stop Entertainment premiered a parody video entitled "I'm Fucking Seth Rogen" as a promotion for "Zack and Miri Make a Porno". [ [http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/2008/02/25/quick-stop-exclusive-im-fing-seth-rogen/ QUICK STOP EXCLUSIVE: I’m F***ing Seth Rogen » Quick Stop Entertainment] ]

In July 2008, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the "I'm F***ing Matt Damon" [sic] had received a Creative Arts Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Original Music And Lyrics, competing against two songs from "Flight Of The Conchords", one from "MADtv", and another from "Phineas and Ferb". [http://cdn.emmys.tv/awards/2008pte/60thpte_noms.php] It won in that category as well as for editing. Silverman, who accepted the award, thanked Damon who, she stated, had little to do with the video's popularity, and Kimmel "who broke my heart --- who will have a special place in my heart."


The stage where the show is taped has gone through many changes, from the addition of a platform in front of the stage for Jimmy to do his monologue, to various stage backgrounds. In January 2005, the show's original set, which had video screens in the background and the band performing on the left side of the stage, was replaced with the current set, which has a city in the background. The band now performs on the right side of the stage.

In the special February 25, 2007 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (the second "After the Academy Awards" show), the current set was slightly tweaked when an illustrated picture of a city, which was seen in the background from January 2005 to February 2007, was replaced with a 3D collage of Los Angeles and Hollywood (including the adjacent Kodak Theatre across from the studio where his show is broadcast from). The 3D image, which was first used during Lionel Richie's outdoor stage performances in the September 16, 2006 episode, was created by artists Colin Cheer (www.stregaimaging.com [http://www.stregaimaging.com] ) and Brian Walters (www.brian-walters.com [http://www.brian-walters.com] ).


In the "Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series" segment, there is a musical performance at the end of the show, which is performed on either an indoor or outdoor stage, or on location. Coors Light previously sponsored most of the show's musical performances from 2004-2006 (Pontiac is the now the current sponsor).

In June 2005, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" partnered with Pontiac for its concerts from the Pontiac Garage outdoor stage in Hollywood. Streaming videos of off-air performances, which are shown in their entirety, can be seen by going to the show's Web site and clicking on the "Pontiac Garage" link. [ [http://www.jimmykimmellive.net ABC.com: Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Jimmy Kimmel Live ] ]

Other end-of-show segments

At the end of some shows, there are comedians doing stand-up comedy. This is occasionally seen in place of the popular "Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series" segment. Another end-of-show segment is the rarely seen "Future Talent Showcase".

See also

*List of late night network TV programs


External links

* [http://abc.go.com/latenight/jimmykimmel/index?pn=index ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! website]
* [http://tv.yahoo.com/jimmy-kimmel-live/show/34965 "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"] at [http://tv.yahoo.com/ Yahoo! TV]
* [http://www.tv.com/jimmy-kimmel-live/show/16243/summary.html TV.com - Jimmy Kimmel Live!]
* [http://raywert.blogspot.com/2006/02/more-from-jimmy-kimmel-live-in-detroit.html Video from Detroit Shows]
* [http://theroof.fanciful-languor.net/jkl/index.html Jimmy Kimmel Live! fan listing]
* [http://video.aol.com/video-category/jimmy-kimmel-live/3337 Episode clips from "Jimmy Kimmel Live"]

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