Behind the Scenes at Jimmy Kimmel Live

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Jimmy Kimmel is the executive producer and host of Jimmy Kimmel Live, and a late-night talk show on ABC that's been nominated for an Emmy award. It's in its 14th season as of 2017. The show is broadcast from Disney's El Capitan Theater on Hollywood Boulevard, right in the middle of the Walk of Fame. Jimmy loves to engage the local superheroes walking around the boulevard and he approaches tourists outside to join in live comedy bits.

Guests on Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel has featured a wide range of illustrious guests, as cataloged on the show's website. They include: Barack Obama, Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Larry David, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, Amy Poehler, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Oprah, and Matt Damon.

Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live first go through a pre-interview: a producer calls them a few days before the show and goes over stories, current events, and anecdotes that they might want to share. This phone interview is them reviewed with Jimmy Kimmel and he and his producer decide which bits work best and how to craft the conversation that will appear on the air.

(Actually, most talk shows engage in the process.) While the show seems like an impromptu conversation, it's really all very planned.

Once a guest arrives for his appearance, the producer escorts him to his dressing room and informs him as to what Kimmel has decided will be discussed. Then it's showtime--when the guest's name is announced, he's waiting in a closed box area; the door lifts up and out he goes to chat with Kimmel.

What's Jimmy like? Guests have reported that he's very generous, present and patient and that he wants people to be comfortable and have fun. He's also very good at throwing cues to guests to help steer the conversation so they can grab the reins and run with it.

When a segment ends, you always see Jimmy lean over and talk to his guest. What's he saying? Guests report he really does continue the conversation.

Jimmy Kimmel's Comedy

Jimmy Kimmel has had tremendous viral success with his comedy bits. Some of the most popular ones include:

  • Mean Tweets: The series has included "Actual Donald Trump Tweets, As Read By Mean Teenage Girls", "Porn Stars Read Mean Tweets About Themselves And It's NSFW" and "Josh Groban Singing Donald Trump's Tweets Will Raise You Up."
  • Lie Witness News: The Kimmel "beat reporter" asks people on the street about newsworthy items that are lies, such as pranking Trump supporters by quizzing them about the contents of the candidate’s tax returns — even though they haven't been released.
  • Jimmy's Twerk Fail Prank
  • Unnecessary Censorship
  • YouTube Challenge
  • The Baby Bachelor
  • Movie: The Movie
  • Handsome Men's Club