Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jimmy Kimmel Live! Information

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).

From its premiere until February 4, 2011, the show aired at 12:05 am Eastern Time. The show then aired at Midnight Eastern Time starting February 7, 2011. On August 21, 2012, ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel Live! would be moving 25 minutes earlier to 11:35 pm ET beginning on January 8, 2013, putting the show in direct competition with The Tonight Show, Late Show with David Letterman, The Colbert Report and Conan, while bumping Nightline to 12:35 am ET.

Contrary to its name, Jimmy Kimmel Live! no longer airs live; instead, it is taped at 4:30 pm Pacific Time on the day of broadcast. On rare occasions, though, it airs a special live edition, usually after major events like the Academy Awards ceremonies. Until 2009, new episodes aired five nights a week; from 2009 to 2012, the Friday episode was a rebroadcast of a recent episode. Starting with the January 2013 move, the Friday episode has been retitled Jimmy Kimmel Live! This Week, and airs highlights from the entire week of shows.

On April 14, 2009 after the March sweeps break, the show began broadcasting in 720p high definition. However, ABC stations that air the show on tape delay due to local programming and do not have the capability to air tape-delayed network programming in HD air the show in 480i standard definition. It is the longest running late-night talk show in ABC's history, having lasted longer than The Dick Cavett Show (1969"1975) and Politically Incorrect (1997"2002).


The show began on January 26, 2003, replacing Politically Incorrect; ABC had originally intended to give Jon Stewart his own late-night program following Nightline, but Kimmel was chosen instead. The show fell behind the ratings of Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, but gradually moved up in the ratings into 2004, and a fairly strong competitor, capturing about half the audience of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.


The show's house band is Cleto and the Cletones, led by saxophonist Cleto Escobedo III, a childhood friend of Kimmel. Other members of 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 Les Pierce of America's Next Top Model Theme fame, Jonathan Kimmel and Cleto Escobedo III and sung by the late Robert Goulet.

The show originally had guest co-hosts each week who would sit at the desk with Jimmy and participate in skits and questioning each night's guests. The show also featured guest announcers, until comedian Andy Milonakis took over as the show's announcer from late 2003 to 2004. He would also appear in comedy bits for the show. Then in 2004, Mighty Mighty Bosstones singer Dicky Barrett took over as the show's announcer when the Bosstones went on hiatus. The band has since become active again, and performed live on the show in 2009.

"Uncle Frank" Potenza, Kimmel's real-life uncle, served as a security guard for the show, and appeared regularly in bits on-camera with Kimmel and other employees of the show. He was a New York City police officer and a personal security guard for Frank Sinatra. Potenza did not appear regularly from December 2009 through March 2010, due to illness (in the interim, he appeared on the seventh anniversary show on January 26, 2010), and later returned as a semi-regular. Frank Potenza died August 23, 2011, aged 77. Guillermo Díaz is the parking lot security guard for the show, and frequently serves as a celebrity gossip correspondent in a segment called "Guillermo's Hollywood Round-Up". Veatrice Rice was another parking lot security guard who had several of her own segments on the show until her death from cancer on January 21, 2009.

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." Matt Damon told Parade magazine that Kimmel said he first did it at a low moment at the end of a show which had substandard guests. After hearing it, the show's producer doubled over in laughter, and Kimmel continued to do it on subsequent shows for their amusement.

On September 12, 2006, Damon appeared on the show. 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. In the December 17, 2006 issue of USA Weekend, Kimmel himself acknowledged that the Damon incident was a joke. In the show which aired on June 5, 2007, 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 slapped him and jumped through a wall. In Jimmy's 2010 post-Oscar show, he featured a clip called The Handsome Men's Club which ended with Damon telling Jimmy that "We're all out of time" and then bursting with evil laughter after Jimmy is ejected from the club for not being handsome enough.

Damon was part of the all-star cast assembled by Kimmel for his 2012 Oscars parody, which was a trailer for a blockbuster called Movie: The Movie. Damon appears briefly, only to be informed his scene had been cut from the "film" after which he is shown storming out of the studio (as part of the trailer), cursing Kimmel.

"I'm Fucking Matt Damon" video

In a segment that aired on January 31, 2008, Kimmel's then long-time girlfriend Sarah Silverman appeared on the show and 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". Kimmel introduced his star-studded musical by addressing Damon and vowing, "You take something I love from me, I'm gonna take something you love from you."

In addition to Affleck, the video featured Robin Williams, Don Cheadle, Harrison Ford, Hynden Walch, Cameron Diaz, Christina Applegate, Benji Madden and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte, Dicky Barrett, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Lance Bass, Dominic Monaghan, Meat Loaf, Pete Wentz, Joan Jett, Huey Lewis, Perry Farrell, Macy Gray, Rebecca Romijn, Josh Groban, Jessica DiCicco, and unnamed choir singers as recording booth singers, along with Brad Pitt as a delivery man. The video gained widespread media attention, with Kimmel jokingly telling the New York Times, "Every once in a while, Hollywood rallies itself for a worthy cause." Entertainment Weekly put the Silverman video on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, " A talk-show host's famous comedian girlfriend confesses in a catchy song that she's shtupping No. 60? Yeah, that'll go viral."

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. The Seth Rogen version was unedited. The videos have also been parodied in a scene at the end of Disaster Movie; in the original version all the characters sing that they're "dating" each other, but in the uncensored DVD version they all sing they're "fucking" each other.

In July 2008, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced that the "I'm Fucking Matt Damon" 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. 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."

Jimmy Kimmel Sucks!

For the January 24, 2013, episode, Matt Damon took over hosting duties; for the occasion, the show was renamed Jimmy Kimmel Sucks! The episode began with a sequence of clips showing Kimmel "bumping" Damon, and continued with Damon taking command of the show, while Kimmel was tied to a chair and gagged for the remainder of the episode. Damon then replaced Guillermo with Andy Garcia and bandleader Cleto with Sheryl Crow, before bringing in Robin Williams to do the monologue.

The show had numerous guests, including Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese Witherspoon, Demi Moore, and Sarah Silverman, along with an on-screen cameo by Ben Affleck during Damon's monologue. There were also numerous taped pieces congratulating Damon on hosting, including by Kimmel's parents and Oprah Winfrey. Damon also "revealed" that Kimmel keeps "bumping" Damon out of jealousy: a clip shows Kimmel's unsuccessful attempts to audition for all movie roles that Matt Damon played. At the episode's end, Damon turns the "We ran out of time" joke on Kimmel after asking Kimmel if he has anything to say. The episode was the highest-rated late night show that evening, and ABC elected to rebroadcast it in primetime the following week.


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 at LA's famed El Capitan Theatre, 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 second 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 Dolby Theatre (formerly 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 and Brian Walters.

A brand-new set was unveiled January 8, 2013.


The Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series segment comprises a musical performance at the end of the show, which is performed on either an indoor or outdoor stage, or on location. Coors Light sponsored most of the show's musical performances from 2004 to 2006. In June 2005, the show partnered with Pontiac for its concerts, which were held on the "Pontiac Garage" outdoor stage in Hollywood, until the sponsor's parent company, General Motors, filed for bankruptcy in 2009 and announced the termination of the brand. Beginning in October 2009, Anheuser-Busch's Bud Light (initially Bud Light Golden Wheat in 2009"10) replaced Pontiac as the segment's sponsor.


Cold open

When the show aired at 12:05 ET, the show began with a two-minute segment before the theme song and actual show. Originally a miniature monologue and preview of the guests, the segment expanded to include miniature skits and other ways to plug a product from one of the show's sponsors (better known as "integrated commercials," which are rarely repeated). The cold open device has since been adopted by late night rival The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. These segments were dropped when the show moved to 11:35.

Show opening

On October 27, 2011, the show introduced a new opening sequence that shows Jimmy zip-lining through Hollywood until he arrives at the theater.

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. This skit has been retired after Suzuki refused to renew his contract with the show in 2007.
  • 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
  • How Is This News?: A segment in which they feature a real-life news story which is seen as pointless or otherwise non-"newsworthy".
  • Jake Byrd... Celebrity Avenger!: An occasional actor on the show (and a member of Jimmy's writing staff), Tony Barbieri periodically portrays Jake Byrd, who insinuates himself into real life events around the country, seeking attention and irritating those around him. He often fools even the media into believing he is a part of the story. Some of the court cases that he appeared at include Paris Hilton, O. J. Simpson, and Michael Jackson. This skit was retired for a time, after Byrd supposedly quit the show in 2007, but has recently returned.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live Concert Series: See "music" section below.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective : A segment where Jimmy tests kids with fake lie detector tests.
  • This Week in Unnecessary Censorship: A parody of the FCC's censorship rules, in which otherwise inoffensive TV clips are unnecessarily bleeped and blurred to imply that the content is much more offensive or vulgar. Kimmel has also cited the Parents Television Council, a group known for filing the majority of FCC complaints, as an influence. The segment originally appeared each Friday, but now appears each Thursday. It is frequently imitated by amateur video editors on the internet, often aimed at one theme, such as Disney or Harry Potter.
  • Uncle Frank and Aunt Chippy's Adventures: Jimmy sends his Uncle Frank and his ex-wife Conchetta "Chippy" Potenza to do various activities (such as drawing nude models, paint balling, snake wrangling, learning self-defense). However, due to Uncle Frank's recent illness, these segments were suspended in 2010. The segment was retired in 2011 due to Frank's death.
  • 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. It was retired after Veatrice's death in 2009.
  • Hey Jimmy Kimmel YouTube Challenge: where Jimmy has challenged viewers to submit prank videos to YouTube. Examples are: "Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I told my Kids I Ate all their Halloween Candy", "Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I Gave My Kids a Terrible Present", and "Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I Unplugged the TV During the Big Game"
  • Despite a viral video showing Jimmy Kimmel being bitten by a rattlesnake, he was never harmed and the video was completely edited to show him as being bitten.

Other end-of-show segments

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

International broadcasts

Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs worldwide on various outlets. In Australia, The Comedy Channel began airing the program in September 2009; however, it was replaced in March 2010 by the return of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Country TV Network(s) Weekly Schedule (local time)
City / OMNI (Alberta and British Columbia) 12:00am (in most province) / 11:00pm (Saskatchewan) / 10:00pm (Alberta and British Columbia)
Star World 11pm (Indian Time) Weeknights
HOT3 11.20 pm (Israel Time) / Later moved to around 02.00 am Sunday " Thursday (2009-2012)
Orbit Showtime's OSN Variety 9.00 pm KSA Weeknights

See also

  • List of late night network TV programs
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jason Mraz

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