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Thursday, February 13, 2003

Review: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'
"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.

In Five Words of Less: Kimmel's Best on Comedy Central

Links:

Couch! Kimmel Hurts — The New York Daily News reports on how Kimmel's guests are being blocked by rival networks.

ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Strikes Out — Jon Friedman of CBS.MarketWatch.com listed Kimmel as one of the "People to Watch" in the media for 2003. Now he says "'Jimmy Kimmel Live' may just be the least funny talk show I've ever seen."

Behind the Scenes of Jimmy Kimmel Live — Humor columnist Joel Stein spent a week as a writer for "The Man Show." He catches up with his old boss and learns that for him to be a guest, ''every member of every reality show that ever aired would have to cancel.''

'Kimmel Live' Shows Few Signs of Long Life — The Kansas City Star's Aaron Barnhardt sees no more promise in the show than I do.

Official Show Page — Lists the guests each night. On Wednesday's show were Jolene Blalock, Patton Oswalt and Talib Kweli. I still don't know who they are.

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Comments: Review: 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'

I really expected a lot out of this show. And I keep watching it night after night expecting it to get better. As much as I hate to admit it, you're right, his best work has definitely been on Comedy Central. Minus Kathy, every co-host has been more entertaining than Jimmy. Even his role on "Win Ben Stein's Money" was better than this.

Kimmel has his moments, but it's obvious network TV has him acting much too reserved. Maybe he'll hand the gig over to the Armenian Comedian, he actually makes me laugh (although not at his actual jokes).

Posted by Ryan at February 13, 2003 3:16 AM

I did like the Kathy Griffin segment when she was a hooker. That was funny. But all in all, I prefer Kilborn way more. We don't need more talk shows just like we don't need any more reality shows, but the networks will continue to shove them down our throats.

Posted by kevin at February 13, 2003 11:44 AM

I think like most late night talk shows, it simply takes time to settle in. I'm actually a huge fan of the show and I suspect it will evolve and grow. Those of you who watch Kimmell know he's alwasys got a few good tricks up his sleeve.

Posted by David at February 13, 2003 2:30 PM

i don't like late shows
jimmy kimmel is great
only in a supporting role
i was hoping this was going
to be the man show tonight
but alas i am not happpy

Posted by nels at February 13, 2003 3:37 PM

How long before the "Simpsons"-inspired headlines of Kimmel Gets Kanceled?

Posted by Stephen Silver at February 14, 2003 12:18 AM

Nels, I love the poem

Posted by Odacious at February 14, 2003 12:59 AM

actually, patton oswalt does a kick ass impersonation of nick nolte (and is on the King of Queens)

Posted by erin at February 14, 2003 8:28 AM

hey kimmel,WHAT THE FUCK?
with a million plus american musicians struggling to get by,WHY do you spend 40grand to bring a suck
group like Happatai to your show?
they arent cute, funny or TALENTED!
gawd damn man,keep this shit up& youll lose all your viewers!HAPPATAI REALLY SUCKED!
again WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU THINKING?
YOU USED TO BE FUNNY WHEN YOU WERE ON THE MAN SHOW
WHAT HAPPENED?& ALSO WHATS WITH THE RUSSIAN LESBO GROUP TATU? BETTER GET YOUR MUSICAL SHIT TOGETHER!
CAUSE LATELY THE MUSICAL GUESTS ON THE SHOW
S.U.C.K.! i enjoy your show,but when your musical guests are this bad i have to wonder,WHAT THE FUCK?GET BACK TO SOME DECENT GUESTS!
the shows guests are usually great!
but the musical guests SUCK!!
QUIT TAKING ADVANTAGE OF YOUR VIEWERS, OR WELL QUIT WATCHIN YOUR SHOW!!
GO BACK TO THE FUNNY SEGMENTS,AND LEAVE THE STUPID SHIT FOR LENO!!
WE KNOW YOUVE GOT GOOD MUSICAL TASTE,CAUSE YOUVE GOT CLETO![THE SHOW BAND KICKS ASS!]
KNOCK OFF THE BULL-SHIT!!!!

Posted by FED UP VIEWER!! at March 14, 2003 1:48 PM

I'm friends with Jimmy and it's sad how you doushebags can't see all the great moments in the show. I found myself embarrassed for you as I read your review, you say you think you could "host a show", first try hammering a paragraph together. As for the guy who hated Happatai...I can only imagine the nightmare of interpreting the world with your feeble mind. You all, quite frankly, suck my ass.

Posted by Bradshaw at April 23, 2003 9:41 PM

I like how the celebrities of some note get little air time and they are relegated to the cramped quarters of limited couch space. Meanwhile, the unknowns, street people and common 'hotties' stay on screen for ever.

More music acts like Fischer-Spooner! They are as cutting-edge cool as that big-eared elf on American Idol!

Posted by blewie at April 30, 2003 5:02 PM

Hey Bradshaw, speaking of "feeble" minds, it's worth pointing out that giggling drunkenly at Mr. Kimmel's strained and sophomoric antics on your TV does NOT make you "friends with Jimmy". You can't cite a single so-called "great moment", can you (Mike Tyson notwithstanding)? We "doushebags" want to know what it is that can so dazzle you when you're not busy being embarrassed for the rest of us who simply expect our TV entertainers to exhibit some modicum of talent. Maybe if he invited some FUNNY people to appear on his show instead of filling the time with his dulled and stupid relatives the hour might actually yield a chuckle or two.

Posted by Mr.Moops at July 12, 2003 3:51 AM

Jimmy needs to just "cut loose" as the bad press about his show and continue doing "his Thing." And tossing in a few "zingers" now and again to keep us wondering....as for me, I get better entertainment watching my microsoft powered computer crash.

Posted by Plain Nuts at September 23, 2003 5:57 AM

Happatai was awesome!! Great job Jimmy!!!!

Posted by at August 17, 2004 3:28 AM
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