Jimmy Kimmel, born on November 13, 1967, premiered on ABC’s late-night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on January 26, 2003, and soon became a household name. His early career in comedy and radio led to his mass appeal in the entertainment industry, with Kimmel hosting the Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018, and the Emmy Awards in 2012, 2016, and 2020. Captivating audiences across the United States on weeknights, let’s have a grand celebration for his birthday!
Popular comedian Jimmy Kimmel is among the most famous late-night talk show hosts, interviewing Hollywood celebrities and artists, and presenting political topics with a fun twist to them. His likable personality and comedic timing engage both the audience and his guests. Kimmel was born on November 13, 1967, in Brooklyn, New York, and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, with his family when he was nine years old. Before gaining national fame with his T.V. show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Kimmel co-hosted “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and “The Man Show.” He has also produced several shows, including “Crank Yankers” and “The Andy Milonakis Show.”
Kimmel’s interest in the entertainment industry started in high school. Inspired by David Letterman’s roots in radio, Kimmel first began working at his school’s radio station and then went on to host a Sunday-night interview show on KUNV — the University of Nevada’s college radio station. Within a year of enrollment at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (U.N.L.V.), Kimmel transferred to Arizona State University.
Kimmel landed his first major gig in 1989 as a morning co-host alongside Kent Voss on “The Me And Him Show,” which aired on KZOK-FM in Seattle, Washington. Initially, Kimmel had no intention of working on television but soon began writing promotions and content for announcers on FOX, and eventually delivered the on-air promotions himself. Following a series of declined offers for television shows, he became interested in a role on the game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money,” which was broadcast on Comedy Central in 1997. Balancing out the dull vocal style of his counterpart, Stein, Kimmel earned an Emmy Award for ‘Best Game Show Host’ in 1999.
Kimmel eventually left the show to host his own late-night talk show on ABC called “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” The show began in January 2003 and has been going strong ever since. In 2012, 2016, and 2020, Kimmel hosted the 64th, 68th, and 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Academy Awards in 2017 and 2018.
Kimmel hosts “The Man Show” alongside Adam Carolla on Comedy Central.
With a natural talent for hosting, Kimmel hosts the 2003 American Music Awards.
Kimmel begins his talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!" featuring celebrity guests, athletes, artists, and political figures.
Initially a one-time segment, ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ becomes a staple on his show.
Kimmel receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Kimmel hosts the Academy Awards for the second time.
Why We Love Jimmy Kimmel
He is the longest-working late-night talk-show host
Out of all the late-night talk-show hosts currently on air in the United States, Kimmel has been working the longest. He has entertained Americans for nearly two decades now, and we would love to see him for decades more!
His show is one of a kind
Where would we be without fantastic segments such as ‘Unnecessary Censorship,’ ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets,’ and ‘I Witness News’? Combining current events and news with pop culture is what we love most about Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show.
He does a lot of charity work
Kimmel has supported many charitable causes. They include GEANCO, Aid Still Required, Hillsides, Jamie Oliver Food Foundation, and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
5 Surprising Facts About Jimmy Kimmel
He received a big nomination
“TIME” magazine named Kimmel one of the 'World's 100 Most Influential People' in 2018.
His family members work on his talk show
Many of Kimmel’s family members are regulars on the show, the most famous being his uncle Frank, who worked on the show from 2003 until he died in 2011.
He was the roastmaster twice
He was the roastmaster for the Comedy Central “Roast of Pamela Anderson,” and the New York Friars’ Club Roast of Hugh Hefner.
He broke a world record
Kimmel holds the Guinness World Record for commuting the longest distance in one workweek when he commuted daily between New York and Los Angeles to host his own show and co-host “Live With Regis And Kelly” for a week in 2007— it was 22,406 miles!
He has narcolepsy
He has been vocal about his neurological disorder called narcolepsy, which makes it difficult for a person to regulate their sleep cycles.
Jimmy Kimmel FAQs
What nationality is Jimmy Kimmel?
Kimmel is of American nationality.
Where did Jimmy Kimmel go to college?
Kimmel attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas for one year before transferring to Arizona State University.
What is Jimmy Kimmel known for?
Kimmel is most famous for hosting and producing his late-night comedy talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
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