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Jimmy Kimmel ...  Self - Host / ... 3,297 episodes, 2003-2021


Emmy-winning funnyman Jimmy Kimmel serves up comedy bits and welcomes guests that include other comics, celebrities, athletes and musicians, as well as everyday people with unusual or compelling personal stories. Kimmel's family and friends take part in the festivities, including his Cousin Sal, Uncle Frank (until his death in 2011) and childhood friend Cleto Escobedo III, who leads the show's house band. Recurring segments include the FCC-pleasing This Week in Unnecessary Censorship in which they take TV clips and "bleep and blur things whether they need it or not," as Kimmel describes it. But it's too bad they consistently run out of time for Matt Damon's segment.

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You. Me. Tonight.


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The May 1st, 2017 broadcast was the first episode to air since Kimmel went on temporary hiatus for the birth of his son William who was born with the heart defect TOF. Kimmel gives an emotional monologue explaining his son's condition Kimmel's guests that night were cardiac surgeon Dr. Mehmet Oz who explains the condition and snowboarder Shaun White who himself also suffered TOF. See more »


Jimmy Kimmel: Didn't you get bit by a spider or something?
Chester Bennington: Yes, I got bit on my ass by a spider. And I thought that I had cancer but...
Jimmy Kimmel: turns out you have super powers!
Chester Bennington: It turns out now that I can climb buildings, and save people from criminal acts.
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Crazy Credits

Each show opens differently ultimatly ending with Jimmy flicking a giant switch to turn on the lights. See more »


Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Written by Cleto Escobedo III, Les Pierce, Jimmy Kimmel and Jonathan Kimmel
Performed by Cleto and the Cletones
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Funniest Talk Show. Ever.

We watch this religiously. If a particular night leaves us shaking our heads in disappointment, it's only because we've been spoiled by its usual brilliance.

Kimmel seems born to do a late-night talk show. I didn't like the Man Show, and I didn't like this one when it premiered, but I tried it a few months later and it was suddenly hilarious; the more ABC lets Kimmel have his lead, the funnier he is.

Non-intellectual without Lenno's cheese (when there is cheese, it's so obviously, self-consciously cheesey that it's satire), sardonic without Letterman's bitter edge, he's the perfect combination of no-bs and master bs-er.

I don't think he attacks his guests, as someone mentioned (maybe that was in his less-funny, starting-out phase), but he doesn't kow-tow to them, either. Kimmel can talk frankly with anyone. He can spot the silliness or pretense in anything, and point it out whether he's talking to his uncle Frank, Britney Spears or, I would imagine, the President of the U.S.

ABC, leave him alone, you'll only do yourself a world of good.

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Release Date:

26 January 2003 (USA) See more »

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