jimmy kimmel show. classic, no?

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the american late-night talk show scene has been sad for a looonng time. letterman lost it more than a dozen years ago, by my reckoning. leno is the mcdonald's of talk shows, hardly even worth mentioning. craig kilborne is a smarmy irritating ass...conan o'brian is amusing at times, but not nearly enough so to justify watching.

although it was indeed a bummer to see abc pull bill maher's 'politically incorrect', 'jimmy kimmel live' started off with a drunken bang and has continued to outdo most other offerings of 'entertainment' available to the american viewing public. (particularly those w/o cable).

the first week of the program saw snoop doggy dogg as an unlikely but positively stellar co-host. the third or fourth night of the show, host jimmy drank no less than 8 shots of vodka in rapid succession, becoming visibly drunk, with a good thirty minutes of program still left to be filled. (snoop was toast by this point as well, as was that night's guest adam corrolla). subsequent guest co-host selections have not disappointed. next came the insane and surrreal mania of don king, sporting a spangled denim jacket emblazoned with pictures of the entire bush family, and monomaniacally ranting about "my president george w.! america! america! the greatest country in the world!!! only in america!" when mike tyson co-hosted, we were privileged to a bizarre look into his dominant pasttime: escaping into reverie among his rooftop pigeon coops in the middle of new york city. jeaneane garafalo evinced equal parts classy and cute charm during her stint, and for several nights patiently and unsanctimoniously explained her anti-war stance.

now, months later, the show has not lost any momentum, and its defiant anarchic spirit is unmatched by any program seen on air since the legendary departed comedian andy kaufman was around to wreak havoc on the sets of late night television. the comedy writing is genuinely witty and fresh, kimmel's interviewing-style never bores, (spending more time asking john ritter goofy questions about 'three's company' than about his current series for which he ostensibly was appearing on the show to plug; ignoring noted nutter william shatner's 'star trek' history and current projects in favor of griling him about 't.j. hooker') and guests are often a colorful assortment of non-industry freaks (the peter pan impersonator of widespread internet fame, a gentleman from wisconsin whose diet consists entirely of big mac sandwiches, a guy who ran wild with tom ridge's 'security' advice to americans and duct-taped his entire house), as other shows are able to trade on their prestige and longevity and end up monopolizing most a-list celebrity guests.

i could go on and on with this shit, and i've probably earned y'all's simultaneous wrath/pity/disgust for having gone on thusfar. at any rate, suffice it to say that the show is all but required viewing or taping/tivo-ing for serious fans of late night television comedy sans the usual celebrity-kiss ass, and for all those who are curious to see television history in the making.

Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Friday, 25 April 2003 03:45 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

One of my favorite sports columnists (Bill Simmons, ESPN online) works on this show now = classic

luna (luna.c), Friday, 25 April 2003 06:16 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

it's gonna take more than Bill Simmons and Sarah Silverman to get me to watch this

James Blount (James Blount), Friday, 25 April 2003 06:18 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

pizza rolls?

luna (luna.c), Friday, 25 April 2003 06:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

haven't seen the show at all and don't really like jimmy kimmel, but i read sportsguy regularly, so i almost feel personally invested in its success. the same way i always care about mary beth king's lacrosse results

dave k, Friday, 25 April 2003 06:30 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Anything with Adam Carolla sucks.

Cub, Friday, 25 April 2003 06:31 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i saw the promos for it and thought i would hate it...i don't have cable and had never seen 'the man show'...and the first show ran right after the super bowl; they had this big tie-in with it...so i thought, oh great, this lumpy sports guy has a talk show; i thought he was a sportscenter guy or something...

anyway, i caught it by accident and was really, really pleasantly surprised. he's very funny, and he's been taking some real risks with the show.

i think adam corrolla is pretty much a comic genius. doesn't the etymology of 'genius' have to do with having a little 'spirit' inside of you? well, i think he's got that going on...he's got the very 'spirit' of humor inside him. he's one of those people who says something that makes you laugh almost everytime he opens his mouth. there's something very funny about his very attitude, his mere presence. the guy exudes funny. maybe some people don't like him because they just associate him with 'loveline' or 'the man show', and they think all of his humor is puerile and scatalogical...but, it's not at all; he makes very brilliant observations life and his mind is very quick and always going in unanticipated directions & making unexpected connections.

Dallas Yertle (Dallas Yertle), Friday, 25 April 2003 07:33 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I like how they use an actual stage (both outdoors and the indoor lobby/club set-up) for the musical acts, instead of having them play on a regular soundstage like on other shows (Leno, Letterman, Kilborn, O'Brian etc).

Charles McCain (Charles McCain), Friday, 25 April 2003 20:39 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

adam corolla is a genius

chaki (chaki), Friday, 25 April 2003 20:46 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Corolla may be funny, but he is C-list all the way home.

Cub, Friday, 25 April 2003 22:15 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

fuck a-list.

chaki (chaki), Friday, 25 April 2003 22:25 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Surely you are high. Jimmy Kimmell = teh suck. Conan is not only funny at times, but when he's not, he's fuckin' hilarious. So you've got your funny interspersed with fuckin' hilarity vs. teh suck. Jimmy's all, "okay, um, whatever you were talking about, I'm just going to flatly read the next topic off this little card in front of me with hint of understanding that I am supposed to be entertaining. Adam Corolla = teh suck, but he's the only thing that made Jimmy Kimmel mildly funny... and notice Jimmy has him on all the damn time, night after night even! (FWIW, Adam quit the Man Show and is helping Jimmy out with his new lame show).

In conclusion, Jimmy is the modern day Chevy Chase of late night, minus the crippling fear. In its place, insert ingorant bliss.

However, I do like the intro to the show!

Scaredy Cat, Saturday, 26 April 2003 01:04 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

^OTMFM

buttch (Oops), Saturday, 26 April 2003 01:11 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

nine years pass...

no

buzza, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 07:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I like to imagine that Jimmy Kimmel is really Edward G. Robinson's good-for-nothing grandson. Maybe E.G. Robinson disinherited him and his ambitions are related to trying to make good with his life finally. Idk

Cunga, Monday, 18 June 2012 16:07 (five years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Someone sent me some sketch he had on his show where they had kids act out the Kanye BBC interview and it was like the unfunniest thing ever. I mean they played the real clip first, which was actually fucking hilarious, and THEN they played the kids reading the SAME PART, and i couldn't even understand them. He intro'd it really badly too, maybe just bc he's not funny or maybe because he knew the sketch sucked.

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Friday, 27 September 2013 15:06 (four years ago) Permalink

his ratio of funny stuff to painful unfunny stuff is much higher than any other late night host imo. the "lie witness news" segments are great

frogbs, Friday, 27 September 2013 15:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't get Lie Witness News. "Look at these full of shit 21-year-olds, aren't they full of shit? haw haw fashion is STUPID" Kimmel is too smug to be funny

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 27 September 2013 15:25 (four years ago) Permalink

i dont think its so much "fasion is stupid" as it is watching people straight up make up shit on the spot because they think it'll help them get on TV

frogbs, Friday, 27 September 2013 15:29 (four years ago) Permalink

The thing that really annoyed me about his lead-in, and it was subtle but I feel like it says a lot about him, is that he felt this need to "explain" the bit. It was like he was trying to do a "zany, conan-style" bit, but doesn't really get zany. That's sort of the vibe I get from him generally, that he's this rigidly "regular guy" type who either doesn't completely understand things that are "weird" or doesn't have the guts to get close to them.

#fomo that's the motto (Hurting 2), Friday, 27 September 2013 15:33 (four years ago) Permalink

Both times I've watched Lie Witness News the lead-in was "look at these losers claiming to be big fans of something that doesn't exist," and both times it was a slap-chop editing job that amounted to "Q: are you a big fan of this not-existent thing? A: sure."

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 27 September 2013 15:57 (four years ago) Permalink

they say a lot more than "sure". but to each their own

either way Kanye's reaction to all this is really the funny bit

frogbs, Friday, 27 September 2013 16:40 (four years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Recently discovered Mean Tweets -- funny bit

i wish i had a skateboard i could skate away on (Hurting 2), Wednesday, 27 November 2013 05:45 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Guillermo Rodriguez > Larry "Bud" Melman

Wes Brodicus, Saturday, 15 July 2017 19:42 (ten months ago) Permalink

wow the early posts in this thread are something

One of my favorite sports columnists (Bill Simmons, ESPN online) works on this show now = classic
― luna (luna.c), Friday, April 25, 2003 2:16 AM (fourteen years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

lol. 2003!

maura, Saturday, 15 July 2017 20:35 (ten months ago) Permalink

It was at least semi interesting to see the post Trump victory Lie Witness Newses, possibly in the vacuum of having watched it before that. Did wonder how spontaneous they were. But if that is the clued-in ness of the person in the street it does make you wonder if there is any hope.

Stevolende, Saturday, 15 July 2017 20:38 (ten months ago) Permalink

luna bill simmons lol

Universal LULU Nation (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 15 July 2017 23:01 (ten months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

this segment was pretty chilling

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QY5pLQqIYM

feel like this sort of thing has been done in the past, where hardline right-wingers get confronted with "well do you think THIS person should be deported?" and they start walking stuff back and getting all sheepish. now in the age of Trump we have people willing to stare someone in the face and tell them directly that they ought to be deported to a place they have no memory of and have their family broken up. kinda puts those "hey lets just find some common ground" articles the NYT constantly churns out in perspective

frogbs, Wednesday, 31 January 2018 22:47 (three months ago) Permalink

THE LAW IS THE LAW

j., Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:29 (three months ago) Permalink

feel like this experiment did not go as planned

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:31 (three months ago) Permalink

in the age of Trump we have people willing to stare someone in the face and tell them directly that they ought to be deported to a place they have no memory

and treated like heroes by a pretty powerful echo chamber for doing so. it's fucking gross. not sure how you counter it.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:32 (three months ago) Permalink

know this: within 6 months that 87% support for DACA will be whittled down to 50%, just like every single other issue in this shithole country

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 1 February 2018 00:44 (three months ago) Permalink

xp they're 'standing up for what they believe in'

people must feel inconceivably put upon to admire anyone who dares to do so

j., Thursday, 1 February 2018 01:00 (three months ago) Permalink

That's Why Poison is America's Band!

Never Learn To Mike Love (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:09 (three months ago) Permalink

Those two red-hatted guys are just so incredibly mean, and the woman in the back right ("I lost my eye") actually seems intent on enacting Hammurabi's Code at that particular moment.

rb (soda), Thursday, 1 February 2018 02:36 (three months ago) Permalink

wow the first posts in this thread speak to a whole different brand of basic. bill simmons, lol

maura, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:24 (three months ago) Permalink

sorry for repeating myself. i just can’t believe that one half of the fucking man show is the smug face of the resistance

maura, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:25 (three months ago) Permalink

The Man Show was terrible, but Kimmel grew up and became a real live person while Adam Carolla never did. In fact, he may even be immeasurably worse now.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 1 February 2018 05:41 (three months ago) Permalink

These mf'ing people in that video. It's heroic work to try to take the time to consider their viewpoints.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 February 2018 10:46 (three months ago) Permalink

feel like this experiment did not go as planned

it pretty much went the same way all my dumb FB arguments on this go

"I'm not anti immigration, I just want immigrants who are educated, will pay taxes, and aren't criminals..."
"Okay, here is a set of immigrants who are all those things, plus ineligible for many government benefits"
"But they didn't do their paperwork correctly"

frogbs, Thursday, 1 February 2018 13:27 (three months ago) Permalink

btw how unsurprising that "THE LAW IS THE LAW" only applies until some redhatter decides, apropos of nothing, that said law was actually "unconstitutional" and therefore shouldn't count

Those two red-hatted guys are just so incredibly mean, and the woman in the back right ("I lost my eye") actually seems intent on enacting Hammurabi's Code at that particular moment.

she's kind of the perfect Republican isn't she? where "I went without healthcare for 15 years and lost an eye" is not an argument for universal healthcare but rather another reason why we ought to dehumanize brown people

frogbs, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Kimmel did a hell of a lot more to fight ACA repeal than just about any other celebrity, or politician for that matter. certainly I doubt he would have been so outspoken if he hadn't dealt with a medical calamity in his own family so recently but I don't recall him coming across as smug at any point. then again, I don't actually watch his show.

evol j, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:15 (three months ago) Permalink

It's interesting to see MAGA people backed into a corner. Instead of reflecting on the reason they believe they instead just get extremely stubborn because not backing down is all that matters. Their role model does not ever concede in any situation either. It's like arguing with a picket sign.

Evan, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:19 (three months ago) Permalink

xp don't forget that Bill Cassidy paraded around on talk shows claiming that any GOP health plan would absolutely pass the "Jimmy Kimmel test", then wrote a bill that would hit these kids' lifetime caps by the time they were 2 years old. I don't really see Jimmy Kimmel as a guy who wants to get political on his show, but come on.

frogbs, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:30 (three months ago) Permalink

Th only way to believe a lot of the things the MAGA crew believe is to almost compartmentalize and just hold tight to asshole convictions. Shit like "the law is the law" gives them cover, like Trump himself saying "I promised to do this awful thing when I was running, so I have no choice but to keep my promise."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:34 (three months ago) Permalink

kinda makes you feel a little for bad faith, it's come in for so much more abuse in their hands than we thought possible

j., Thursday, 1 February 2018 14:52 (three months ago) Permalink

Not this, but still basically this?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lpzVc7s-_e8

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Thursday, 1 February 2018 15:03 (three months ago) Permalink

I love that video so much. I wish I could make my dad say those things.

Yerac, Thursday, 1 February 2018 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

"the law is the law!" stuff always makes me think of Kohlberg's stages of moral reasoning

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Thursday, 1 February 2018 17:50 (three months ago) Permalink

reminds me of the term in moral philosophy, 'superstitious rule worship'

"The minute she came over the border, overstayed, whatever it was: illegal."

He's treating her as though, given that she's crossed into this other category, there's just nothing more to be said.

jmm, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:22 (three months ago) Permalink

reiterating what maura said but the discrepancy between the beginning of this thread in 2003 and the bump today is so hilarious

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:45 (three months ago) Permalink

oh man ive said a lot of embarrassing things on this board but calling corolla a genius is def the most embarrassing

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:47 (three months ago) Permalink

yea but like I mentioned - when Jimmy points out that she *is* legally here the one red hatter's immediate reaction is to say "well that was unconstitutional!" so...the law is the law, which is whatever I say it is

frogbs, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:48 (three months ago) Permalink

what's the timestamp on that? i can't watch the whole segment it's too sickening

flappy bird, Thursday, 1 February 2018 18:48 (three months ago) Permalink

xxp yeah I used to love Carolla's show, but he turned into such a reactionary dick. Haven't listened in years...

DJI, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:19 (three months ago) Permalink

i just can’t believe that one half of the fucking man show is the smug face of the resistance

I find his comedy kind of smarmy, too, but is his political material really that smug? From the segments I've seen, it's pretty down to earth and grounded in common values and basic decency. Seemed much more approachable that like Colbert/Oliver/Meyers, guys who sorta sneer at anybody who doesn't share their worldview and mostly choir preach

Evan R, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:28 (three months ago) Permalink

ny ppl hate la talk show hosts

kurt schwitterz, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:32 (three months ago) Permalink

how weird is it that Jimmy Kimmel wound up being the woke one while Ben Stein turned out to be dumb as hell

frogbs, Thursday, 1 February 2018 19:39 (three months ago) Permalink

kimmel was a philosophy major, ben stein was an econ major, qed

j., Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:42 (three months ago) Permalink

i was a math major, qed

j., Thursday, 1 February 2018 22:42 (three months ago) Permalink

his monologue last night on the Nunes memo was pretty good. he's better than Colbert and Meyers at this stuff.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhNThHNmUCQ

frogbs, Friday, 2 February 2018 14:39 (three months ago) Permalink

This is a good public service but man that "little foreigner" sidekick thing is cheap and ugly

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 2 February 2018 15:32 (three months ago) Permalink

lol i mean that's the absurdity of late night talk shows now being half polemic and half... fucking dumb shit that's made to be played in empty greyhound stations at 3am

flappy bird, Friday, 2 February 2018 17:49 (three months ago) Permalink

also like... little foreigner isn't how i see it. it's hollywood. there are mexicans. some are actually funny and should be on tv.

kurt schwitterz, Friday, 2 February 2018 18:04 (three months ago) Permalink

how weird is it that Jimmy Kimmel wound up being the woke one while Ben Stein turned out to be dumb as hell

― frogbs, Thursday, February 1, 2018 1:39 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ben Stein was a Nixon speechwriter!!!

Ochs Out The Cage (Old Lunch), Friday, 2 February 2018 18:07 (three months ago) Permalink

xp is that guy funny, though? That line out of Andy Richter or Ed McMahon or whatever would have landed flat. Letterman used to run with this trope a lot, and more recently Chelsea Handler doubled down w/ a Mexican dwarf. I wouldn't find it so condescending if they gave these guys any good material, but basically they just nod and it brings the house down.

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 2 February 2018 19:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Guillermo is funny though

frogbs, Friday, 2 February 2018 19:29 (three months ago) Permalink

ok TBF I haven't seen it enough

Pumpkin Soup and Mandy Patinkin (Hadrian VIII), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Kimmels interview with stormy was super creepy

kolakube (Ross), Friday, 2 February 2018 20:28 (three months ago) Permalink

i guess this is as good a place as any to post but: looool Adam Corolla is on some NO SAFE SPACES TOUR DURRRR with Dennis fucking Prager. my god.

constitutional crises they fly at u face (will), Thursday, 8 February 2018 19:43 (three months ago) Permalink


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