But nonetheless, the guy has his fans, so to each his own.
And what's more important,
he has had some pretty good celebs on his show. Since this is a website
about seeing stars in person, the show fits the bill.
Especially since NBC made the mistake of moving "The Tonight Show" from L.A. to N.Y.C.
As a result, Kimmel
should find it much easier to book L.A's celebrity guests, who would
now have to fly all the way to New York if they wanted to appear on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show.
Best of all, perhaps, the "The Jimmy Kimmel Live!" show is taped right in the very heart of Hollywood, in the former Masonic Hall right next door to the El Capitan Theatre, right across the street from the Hollywood & Highland center, a few steps from Kodak Theatre (where the annual Oscars show is held) and Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
So if you're in town taking in the sights after dark in Hollywood, you can just stroll on over to the El Capitan and see some stars, without trekking all the way out to the Valley for a taping.
It's good to see some TV production returning to Hollywood Blvd.
Early guests on the show included Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher, The Rock, David Boreanaz, Quentin Tarantino, Charlie Sheen, Denise Richards, Shannon Elizabeth, Andy Dick, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, David Duchovny, Larry King, David Spade, Ed Begley, Jr, Regis Philbin, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Bonnie Hunt, Diane Sawyer, Nick Lachey, Luke Perry, William H. Macy, Lou Ferrigno, Seth Green, Martin Short, Roseanne, Jeri Ryan, Sara Rue, Jim Belushi, George Lopez, plus sports stars like Shaquille O'Neal, Serena Williams and Mike Tyson, and live performances from musical guests ranging from Marilyn Manson to Barry Manilow, including Usher, No Doubt, Yoko Ono, Snoop Dogg, Clay Aiken, Counting Crowes, Enrique Iglesias, Toby Keith, Alanis Morissette, DMX, Lenny Kravitz, LeAnn Rimes, Lionel Richie and Coldplay. He's even had puppets like Kermit the Frog & Alf.
It pays to check ahead, though. You can get a list of upcoming guests on the show at this link: http://abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel.
The show tapes live most week nights at 7:00 pm.
Like virtually all TV tapings, tickets to join the show's studio audience are free, but unfortunately on their website they ask you to go through something of a song & dance to get them. First, go to this link. Then they force you to register and get a password before you can even request tickets. A needless runaround, if you ask me.
Instead, here's an easier way: just phone 866-JIMMY-TIX (866-546-6984) between 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Speaking of song & dance,
Kimmel also offers the "Future Talent Showcase", where people
send in tapes and stand a chance of being picked to appear live on the
show. If you want to send in your tapes, the address is: Future Talent
Showcase, 6th floor 6834 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028. Go to http://abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel/futuretalentshowcase.html
for more info & rules.
Getting there: If you're visiting downtown Hollywood, you won't have to go far. The El Capitan Theatre is located right in the center of the new Hollywood, literally across the street from Grauman's Chinese Theatre and the Kodak Theatre.
can access "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"'s official website at http://abc.go.com/primetime/jimmykimmel.]
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