Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel, in full James Christian Kimmel (born November 13, 1967, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.), American late-night talk show personality, producer, and comedian, best known as the host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003- ).

About Jimmy Kimmel

Kimmel grew up in Las Vegas, where he spent his childhood cultivating a love of pranks and practical jokes that served as unlikely training for future television hijinks. Inspired by his idol David Letterman, Kimmel began hosting an interview show at a local college radio station when he was still in high school. He briefly attended college – first at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas and then at Arizona State University – before leaving to host The Me and Him Show, a morning radio show in Seattle. It was the first in a series of radio jobs from which he was fired over the next few years, a fate he attributed to his constant office antics.
In 1994, Kimmel joined The Kevin & Bean Show, a morning show on Los Angeles radio station KROQ, first as a producer and then as an on-air personality combining sports and humor as Jimmy the Sports Guy. From 1997 to 2002, Kimmel appeared alongside Ben Stein on the television game show Win Ben Stein’s Money. Kimmel’s youthful sense of humor complemented Stein’s dry delivery, and the co-hosts won the 1999 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host.
Beginning in 1999, Kimmel and Adam Carolla co-hosted The Man Show, a talk show aimed at a young male audience with a mix of scantily clad women and irreverent humor. Over the next four years, it developed a dedicated fan base and became one of the most successful shows on the Comedy Central network. During this time, Kimmel, Carolla and Daniel Kellison formed the production company Jackhole Industries and produced hits such as the puppet prank series Crank Yankers (2002-07).

Jimmy Kimmel Live! debuted in 2003 after Kimmel was chosen over several other popular potential hosts to fill the ABC network’s 00:05 time slot. The show was slow to pick up steam, initially suffering from low ratings and difficulty attracting guests as Kimmel worked to shed the frat-boy image he had built up as host of The Man Show. However, the offbeat content of his show set him apart from late-night rivals Letterman and Jay Leno, and he gradually gained a large following, especially among younger viewers. Popular recurring comedy segments included “Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,” in which celebrities read out offensive comments written about them on Twitter, and “This Week in Unnecessary Censorship,” where innocuous words were bleeped from clips as if they were obscenities. Kimmel also involved his family members Cousin Sal and Aunt Chippy in several recurring segments, many of which involved pranks he played as a child. In 2013, ABC moved Jimmy Kimmel Live! to an earlier time slot, where it competed directly with The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Kimmel appeared in films and television shows and often portrayed himself. He also lent his voice to the animated comedies The Boss Baby (2017) and The Boss Baby: Family Business (2021). In addition, he hosted various award shows, including the Emmys (2012, 2016 and 2020) and the Oscars (2017 and 2018). In 2020, he became the host of a celebrity version of the prime-time game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

BRIEF INFORMATION

  • Fired from morning radio shows in Seattle, Tampa, Tucson, and Phoenix early in his career
  • Won a Daytime Emmy in 1999 as an outstanding game show host for Win Ben Stein’s Money
  • Created, wrote, and hosted Comedy Central’s The Man Show with Adam Carolla in 1999
  • Runs his own production company, Jackhole Industries, with Daniel Kellison and Carolla
  • Produced the shows Crank Yankers, The Adam Carolla Project, and The Andy Milonakis Show
  • His idol is David Letterman
  • Was asked if he sees himself as “the modern-day Hugh Hefner” in a Comedy Central webchat promoting The Man Show
  • He replied, “Actually, no.
  • His life is much better than mine
  • I’m more of a modern-day Hugh Downs
  • “Served as a sports prognosticator on Fox NFL Sunday
  • Hosted the American Music Awards no less than five times
  • Has the sleep disorder narcolepsy

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