"You're doing things that haven't been done on late-night television for 20 years," guest Jeffrey Ross said in mock appreciation of the host of ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." "Things like saying, 'And now, I'd like to welcome my first guest, Corey Feldman.'" For Jimmy Kimmel fans such as myself, the line is altogether accurate, hysterical and tragic.
Seated on the guest couches at the time of Ross' quip were Feldman, Ross and Kathy Griffin. I couldn't get "Taps" out of my head. Somewhere, Chevy Chase was cleaning up his apartment. He's gotta be expecting company.
It's not good when I watch television and say, "I can do that," which happens when Judge Judy scolds an auto mechanic and Jimmy Kimmel host a live talk show. His mastery of puppets, Crank Yankers, always made me bust a gut. Same with The Man Show, which, at times, also made me bust a nut. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" does neither, and too often I ask myself, "How could it be over? I haven't even laughed yet."
Why the show is live I'll never know. Clearly it's a gimmick, since almost none of the show is written around that aspect. And while the live airing distinguishes itself, it runs the risk of extinguishing itself with poor delivery and botched sketches.
After two weeks, I can't recall a single bit I thought was genius, and the second-funniest line was also delivered by Ross: "I was in Hollywood the other day and saw some guy pissing on Rosie O'Donnell's star on the Walk of Fame. I said, 'Dude, show some respect. Next time take a dump.'"
I don't think it'll be very long before ABC takes a dump.
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