Jimmy Kimmel
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Jimmy Kimmel’s ABC show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” premiered in 2003, and over the last 13 years, the television host has cemented himself as one of the key late-night entertainment destinations. The show has become a popular celebrity spot, which has led to more than a few viral videos that have given his show a whole new life on the Internet as well.

2017 was a year in which he managed to rise despite stiff challenges from Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon. Hosting the 89th Oscars well enough to be asked back for another year went a long way, though he’s no stranger to winning over live crowds in primetime: In 2012 and 2016, Kimmel hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards, and was announced as the host of the 89th Oscars.

Kimmel also had a big moment in which his disclosure of his infant child’s heart troubles became a flashpoint in the health care debate as he implored President Trump to do better by the country.

The former radio star has provided voiceover work in animated hits “Garfield: The Movie” and “The Smurfs 2,” and served as the co-host of the Comedy Central smash “The Man Show,” as well as “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” for which he won an Emmy for Best Game Show Host. He’s also taken the role of producer on programs such as “Crank Yankers” and “The Andy Milonakis Show.”

He and friend Adam Carolla are responsible for the annual Los Angeles Feast of San Gennaro charity festival, which raises money for children and families in need. He’s also become one of the more popular roast-masters of all time, with appearances at the New York Friars Club and Comedy Central Roasts.




  • University of Nevada–Las Vegas (NV, USA)
  • Arizona State University (AZ, USA)

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Jimmy Kimmel Makes Brooklyn Return as More People Tune in His Talk on Trump and Politics

Jimmy Kimmel Makes Brooklyn Return as More People Tune in His Talk on Trump and Politics

Dozens of crew members took to the streets today around the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Howard Gilman Opera House, wheeling in lumber, chairs, even a Roland synthesizer, all part of the effort of building the set for what will, Monday night, launch what has become a semi-regular jaunt to this borough by ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel.But these carpenters and technicians are also constructing something else: the newest platform to carry Kimmel’s words to an increasingly interested audience.Kimmel isn’t known...


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