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 now airs at Midnight Eastern Time since February 7, 2011.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! is no longer truly "live"; instead, it is taped at 7:00 pm Pacific Time on the day of broadcast (two hours before it reaches air on the East Coast), except in the event of reruns. 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, though currently the Friday episode is now essentially a rebroadcast of a recent episode. On April 14, 2009 after the March sweeps break, the show began broadcasting in 720p HDTV. 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 SDTV.
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 with Bill Maher (1997–2002).
The show began on January 26, 2003, replacing Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher; 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 has become a fairly strong competitor.
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 Live! in Houston – On January 30, 2004 the show did its first show in Houston, in preparation for Super Bowl XXXVIII.
- Quentin Tarantino Directed Episode – On April 20, 2004, Quentin Tarantino directed and produced an episode.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Best of 2004 – On December 20, 2004, Jimmy Kimmel Live! reflected on the best moments from 2004 during a special year-in-review show hosted by James Lipton.
- Non-Denominational All-Star Celebrity Holiday Special – On December 22, 2004, Kimmel offered his own witty take on conventional holiday specials in the style of Andy Williams, Perry Como or Bob Hope, featuring a sing-along of "Winter Wonderland" with Mike Tyson, a woodwind duet with Kenny G, color commentary by movie critics Roger Ebert & Richard Roeper, children's stories read by Flavor Flav and special appearances by Green Day, Serena Williams, actress Jolene Blalock and musical guest Chris Isaak.
- Destiny's Child Episode – On November 15, 2005, the entire show was devoted to Destiny's Child. This episode, which was the first to devote an entire episode to a musical guest, was also their final television appearance as a group.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Detroit – From January 31, 2006 to February 5, 2006, Kimmel took the show on the road for a week as it originated from the Gem Theatre in Detroit (the host city of Super Bowl XL). Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Matt Hasselbeck of the Seattle Seahawks were the guests.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2006) – On March 5, 2006, Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired the first special post-Academy Awards. But instead of originating from its regular home at the El Capitan Theatre, the show taped at the El Portal Theatre, in neighboring Los Angeles community North Hollywood. The guests were: Jon Stewart, Quentin Tarantino and Johnny Knoxville.
- J. J. Abrams Directed Episode – On May 12, 2006, J. J. Abrams guest-directed one episode, with featured guests Dominic Monaghan, J. J. Abrams himself, and musical guests Taking Back Sunday.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s All-Star Salute To Jimmy Kimmel Live! Prime Time Special – On September 13, 2006, a special prime time edition of Jimmy Kimmel Live! aired. This special showed memorable clips from the show's 3¾ years on the air.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2007) – The second Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards show aired on February 25, 2007. Among the featured guests who appeared in this episode were Dr. Phil, Ellen DeGeneres (host of the 79th Annual Academy awards), and musical guest Gwen Stefani.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! on a Bus – In an episode that originally aired on May 15, 2007, Jimmy traveled through Santa Monica, CA in an official city Big Blue Bus. Jimmy Kimmel and his house band picked up unsuspecting passengers along the 15-stop bus route, in addition to his celebrity guests (Paula Abdul, Flavor Flav, and musical guest Feist).
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! in Pontiac Garage – In this episode that aired on May 22, 2007, Jimmy welcomes heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne to kick off his new album, Black Rain. Three of Ozzy's songs were performed: I Don't Wanna Stop, Crazy Train, and Not Going Away.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Fifth Anniversary episode – The show commemorated its fifth anniversary on January 31, 2008 with longtime girlfriend Sarah Silverman who "surprised" Kimmel with a "music video" of her and longtime butt of jokes actor Matt Damon (see below). A star-studded clip (originally intended to wish Happy Birthday on November 13, 2007, but pre-empted by the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike) was shown featuring appearances by Regis Philbin, Kelly Ripa, Jon Stewart, Elvis Costello, Shaquille O'Neal, the hosts from The View (except Barbara Walters), The Killers, Andy Dick, Don Rickles, Charles Barkley, Adam Carolla, Mike Piazza, Steve Garvey, Stephen Colbert, Mike Tyson, and finally Tom Cruise. An "Anniversary Special Unnecessary Censorship" was featured showing memorable "censored" moments the show has mocked. The musical guest was a replay of Coldplay's performance on the first show. At five years, the series is ABC's longest running entertainment late-night show in over thirty years.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2008) – The third Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards show aired on February 24, 2008. Among the featured guests who appeared in this episode were Ben Affleck (whom with Kimmel made a rebuttal video to the Silverman-Damon video), Jon Stewart (host of the 80th Annual Academy awards), and musical guest Mary J. Blige.
- 1,000th show – The 1,000th Jimmy Kimmel Live show aired on April 3, 2008. Scheduled guests were Richard Simmons and musical guest Kid Rock, who performed on the Pontiac Garage outdoor stage.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night (2008) – These episodes aired at 8 pm ET and preceded the network's 2008 NBA Finals coverage each game night (or followed it on the West Coast). These special half-hour pre-game shows began airing on June 5, 2008 and continued through June 17, 2008 (the final night of the NBA Finals), when the Boston Celtics won their 17th NBA World Championship by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, 4 games to 2.
- Jimmy Kimmel's Big Night Of Stars – Jimmy Kimmel’s Big Night of Stars, which aired prior to the 2008 Primetime Emmy Awards on September 21, 2008 at 7 pm ET, featured guests Ryan Seacrest, Tracy Morgan, Salma Hayek and Kobe Bryant.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!'s James Bond Edition – Jimmy Kimmel's James Bond Edition aired on November 13, 2008, which featured an opening montage of Kimmel as James Bond with guests that included actor Daniel Craig, actress Olga Kurylenko, and musical guest Ben Folds featuring Regina Spektor.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2009) – The fourth Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards show aired on February 22, 2009. Among the featured guests who appeared in this episode were Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, and musical guest Robin Thicke.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night (2009) – These special half-hour episodes began airing on June 4, 2009 and continued through June 14, 2009, when the Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th NBA World Championship by defeating the Orlando Magic in 5 games.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Jay Leno Live! (January 12, 2010) – Due to the recent The Tonight Show dispute between Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien, Kimmel dressed as Jay (complete with a prosthetic chin) and used his lisp and mannerisms throughout the episode, generally mocking Leno for forcing O'Brien off Tonight to cover up his own failure in prime time. This included telling jokes of the simple punchline nature of Leno's show along with Leno's characteristic phrases "have you heard about this" and "exactly, exactly!", the band playing the same 'rimshot' song after every joke, Kimmel high-fiving the audience members with a comically concentrated face, Cleto the bandleader imitating Kevin Eubanks' laugh and mannerisms and Kimmel performing the popular Leno segment "Headlines" with comically ordinary spelling errors and laughing uncontrollably before reading them in a manner reminiscent of Leno. While interviewing Chevy Chase (briefly dressed as Conan O Brien) he remained in character, once more telling simple punch-liney, Leno-like jokes and laughing to Cleto, up until the very end of the show when he claimed he had "run out of steam" for the impression. Kimmel would, two days later, appear on the "10 at 10" segment of The Jay Leno Show, continuing to make pointed jokes against Leno, to Leno's surprise.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2010) – The fifth Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards show aired on March 7, 2010. Among the featured guests who appeared in this episode were Robert Downey, Jr., Christoph Waltz, and musical guest Keith Urban. There was also the premiere of the "Handsome Men's Club" featuring Patrick Dempsey, Gilles Marini, Josh Hartnett, Sting, Rob Lowe, John Krasinski, Ted Danson, Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey, Tony Romo, Keith Urban, Taye Diggs, Lenny Kravitz, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon. Jennifer Garner was also featured at the end of the segment.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live!: Aloha to Lost – An hour long Lost special that followed the series finale. It aired Sunday, May 23, 2010, from 12:05 am – 1:05 am, ET. The special featured cast and crew interviews, an analysis of the series and alternate endings.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night (2010) – Special half-hour episodes began airing on June 3, 2010 and continued through June 17, 2010.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! – Total Eclipse of the Heart – On June 23, 2010, a one-hour special with an interview with the full cast of the Twilight Saga: Eclipse, followed by a Q&A with the audience.
- Michel Gondry Directed Episode – On January 13, 2011, Michel Gondry directed this episode with guests Seth Rogen, Elle Fanning and musical guests The Damned Things.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2011) – The sixth Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards show aired on February 27, 2011. Among the featured guests were Tom Hanks. Jimmy continued the tradition of debuting a celebrity-filled segment on his Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards show. The "Hottie Body Hump Club" video featured "hot actresses" Scarlett Johansson, Minka Kelly, Jessica Biel, Eva Longoria, Emily Blunt, Jessica Alba, Kelly Ripa, Sofia Vergara & Lindsay Lohan in a workout parody titled "Humpilates". A follow-up video with Johansson, Kelly, Biel, Alba, Ripa, Blunt, Rebecca Romijn, January Jones, Anna Faris, Zoe Saldana, Amanda Seyfried, Erin Andrews, Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum, Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington and Marisa Miller called Jim-Miracle Diet.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night (2011) – Special half-hour episodes began airing on May 31, 2011 and continued through June 12, 2011.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Uncle Frank Tribute Show – On September 7, 2011, Jimmy paid tribute to his Uncle Frank, who had died on August 23. The show featured memorable moments from Uncle Frank from the last 8½ years and also a special appearance from Don Rickles.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! After the Academy Awards (2012) – The seventh Jimmy Kimmel Live! after the Academy Awards show aired on February 26, 2012. Among the guests are Billy Crystal (Academy Awards show host), Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Martin Scorsese and Oprah Winfrey. Streep, Clooney and Scorsese among others appeared in clip of Movie: The Movie. Coldplay is the musical guest. A mock behind-the-scenes follow-up appeared in a later show, titled Making The Movie: Making the Movie: The Movie.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Extended Leap Day Show – On February 29, 2012, was a special episode presented with limited commercials by BMW. Among the guests were Ed Helms, Leslie Bibb, Richard Simmons and musical guest Wallpaper.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! Game Night (2012) – Special half-hour episodes began airing on June 12, 2012 and continued through June 21, 2012.
- Jimmy Kimmel Live! from Brooklyn - from October 29, 2012 until November 2, 2012 the show will broadcast from the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Notable guests and events
- During Game 2 of the 2004 NBA Finals in Detroit, Kimmel appeared on ABC's halftime show to make an on-air plug for his show. He suggested that if the Detroit Pistons defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, "they're gonna burn the city of Detroit down ... and it's not worth it." Officials with Detroit's ABC affiliate, WXYZ-TV, immediately announced that night's show would not air on the station that night. Hours later, ABC officials pulled that night's show from the entire network. Kimmel later apologized. The incident led ABC officials to force Kimmel to tape his show an hour before it airs in most of the country to check for offending content.
- On May 15, 2006, Kimmel staged a stunt on his show whereby a rattlesnake bites him on the hand. At first it appeared real, but as it progresses there are clues that it is faked. The clue is that the show follows Kimmel as he is taken to the hospital; a camera crew wouldn't be allowed to follow Kimmel if he were really bitten by a snake. After a commercial break he continues to do the show from his hospital bed with the band, having traveled in the ambulance, at his bedside. The rush to get him in the hospital tied in with his guests from the ABC show, Grey's Anatomy.
- On the January 19, 2007 episode thrash metal band Slayer made their first network TV appearance, performing the songs "Eyes of the Insane" and "Jihad".
- On February 5, 2007, Andy Dick was forcibly removed during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, after repeatedly touching guest Ivanka Trump without her permission. After rubbing Trump's legs and touching her hair, Jimmy Kimmel begged him to behave himself. When Dick asked Trump to "give him a big, fat, sloppy kiss right on the lips" and grabbed her arm, Kimmel called in two security guards. On May 2, 2007, he made another appearance on Kimmel, which began by showing the clip of him being dragged out of his previous appearance, and then wheeled out, Hannibal Lecter-style, on a dolly. To date, Dick is the only guest to have been forcibly removed from the show. When Dick appeared on Kimmel on January 2, 2008, there were no references to his incident with Trump.
- Kimmel underwent an emergency appendectomy on June 20, 2007, which forced the cancellation of the show's scheduled tapings for June 21–22. Instead, ABC rebroadcast the two episodes that originally aired during the 2007 NBA Finals.
- On November 5, 2007, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, along with most of the other late night talk shows, immediately began airing in reruns as the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike began. The WGA strike forced the cancellation of the show's scheduled tapings through the end of the year.
- On January 2, 2008, Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Last Call with Carson Daly returned to air without writers, with the WGA still on strike. This was in response to the deal by David Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants with the WGA to allow Late Show with David Letterman and Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson to return with writers. According to Sarah Silverman, Kimmel had been paying the show's staff "out of his own pocket" during the strike. When the show went back on the air, he reran taped sketches so that the still-striking writers would be "paid residuals every single day".
- On January 10, 2008, Jay Leno appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, while Kimmel was a guest on the Tonight Show that same night.
- On May 1, 2008, Stone Temple Pilots appeared playing their first show since their break up in 2003. The songs "Vasoline" and "Trippin' on a Hole in a Paper Heart" were televised.
- On January 23, 2009, the show ran a small collection of videoclips honoring security guard Veatrice Rice, who had died of cancer. She was particularly known for playing a quiet character whose punchlines were famous for including obscene words.
- On April 14, 2009, the show began broadcasting in HD.
- On May 29, 2009 Kimmel wanted to "try" his hand at rapping, and goes to one of hip-hop's moguls, Eminem. Eminem and Kimmel are shown in the studio during the writing process, recording process and the listening process, all while trying to go under the name Briefcase Joe. At the end of the skit, as Kimmel and Eminem are listening to the song, they insist that Eminem is done, so he kicks Kimmel out of his car and drives off.
- On November 18, 2009 the show did a parody of Cougar Town starring Courteney Cox. Cloris Leachman was shown as the star of Sabertooth Tiger Town.
- On January 8, 2010, Carson Daly of Last Call with Carson Daly, appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and the crisis with the move of the Jay Leno Show and elimination of the Last Call timeslot was joked about, with an implication that Carson Daly may change networks.
- On January 12, 2010, Kimmel presented his entire show impersonating Jay Leno as a means to mock the late-night controversy on NBC. In addition, Chevy Chase came out wearing a Conan O'Brien wig.
- On May 23, 2010, following the Lost series finale, a special Kimmel show was completely dedicated to Lost. Cast and crew attended the event. The set was set up like the island on Lost, complete with sand covering the studio floor. The show also included three parody alternate endings to the show only shown on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
- On June 21, 2010 part of the studio where the cameras are controlled suffered a power outage. Kimmel improvised by taping the show using his Macbook computer's built in camera. That episode of the show had been scheduled to air June 21, but was delayed until June 22.
- On March 21, 2011 Charlie Sheen showed up during Mark Cuban's interview and kissed Kimmel.
- On August 23, 2011 Jimmy's uncle, Frank Potenza, who had been part of the show, died, aged 77.
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." Kimmel could also be doing this as an homage to David Letterman, who, in the mid-1990s, had a similar recurring joke, briefly apologizing at the end of each show to Norm Macdonald. Letterman, however, only ran with this joke for a month or so."
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.
"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, 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, 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."
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 current 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 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.
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.
These are two minute segments before the theme song and actual show. Originally it was for a miniature monologue and to talk about the guests on the show. Over time, this segment has expanded to include miniature skits and other devices 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.
On October 27, 2011, the show introduced a new opening sequence that shows Jimmy zip-lining through Hollywood until he arrives at the theater.
- 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.
- 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"
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.
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.
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