The Jimmy Kimmel Upfront Monologue Video – Blogger Hysteria?

Jon Lachonis May 21, 2009 14

I don’t get it. Have we completely lost our sense of humor now? Entertainment blogs from THR to Perez Hilton have made a big deal out of Jimmy Kimmel supposedly trashing ABC and mortifying guests at the network’s upfront this week. Now video has surfaced of the funny man’s routine that depict him doing very typical stand up – and very typical Jimmy Kimmel stand up at that – to an audience that is obviously having a good time.

It is clear by watching the video, taped at the ABC Upfronts earlier this week, that Kimmel is bringing his patented self deprecating and no-holds-barred irreverent style to the event – which is designed to give advertisers the heads up on upcoming programs – and not trashing the network as some would have us believe. When you watch the video, I can virtually guarantee you that the humor in Kimmel’s routine is clear. At the very worst the monologue is occasionally unfunny, however it is never mean and never disrespectful.

Personally, I think Jimmy Kimmel is one of ABC’s greatest successes and this clip just proves it. Bah humbug to all the histrionic wielding TMZ wannabees that tried to pass off this situation as a bitter comedian’s self destructive rant. If anything, the video proves that ABC’s gamble on Kimmel was a safe bet. Even though much of the humor was designed to serve as inside jokes, Kimmel managed to make the world of ad-buying funny for even us layman.


  • http://www.cayleyhyers.com/ CastawayCayley

    You have to be kidding me… People think that's a "rant"? That's a well-written comedy routine written for a very specific audience. The routine wouldn't work outside that room because he's referencing things specific to that crowd and what they do. Watch Jay Leno on his own show any night of the week and you'll see him making fun of NBC in exactly the same way. And I'm pretty sure the only time he doesn't get a laugh is for the joke about a character death on one of the shows…

  • http://www.cayleyhyers.com/ CastawayCayley

    You have to be kidding me… People think that’s a “rant”? That’s a well-written comedy routine written for a very specific audience. The routine wouldn’t work outside that room because he’s referencing things specific to that crowd and what they do. Watch Jay Leno on his own show any night of the week and you’ll see him making fun of NBC in exactly the same way. And I’m pretty sure the only time he doesn’t get a laugh is for the joke about a character death on one of the shows…

  • Kalashinator

    THAT'S IT?! That's what got, well…ANYone…in a tizzy?! That's an example of "telling it like it is", and it's nothing people don't already know (but can still find funny). People in this day and age are entirely too sensitive to anything even remotely acerbic; we all need to lighten the hell up.

    I'm not one to find current event jokes funny most of the time, but the probation officer one got me to shoot soda out of my nose.

  • Kalashinator

    THAT’S IT?! That’s what got, well…ANYone…in a tizzy?! That’s an example of “telling it like it is”, and it’s nothing people don’t already know (but can still find funny). People in this day and age are entirely too sensitive to anything even remotely acerbic; we all need to lighten the hell up.
    I’m not one to find current event jokes funny most of the time, but the probation officer one got me to shoot soda out of my nose.

  • JT

    Seriously? What was the problem with that. Sarcasm is lost on so many. That was great.

  • JT

    Seriously? What was the problem with that. Sarcasm is lost on so many. That was great.

  • JJeffires

    More unfunny than offensive. Probably too much of it fell on dead silence, but nothing that notable.

  • JJeffires

    More unfunny than offensive. Probably too much of it fell on dead silence, but nothing that notable.

  • GSW

    First off, he's reading cue cards or a teleprompter. I doubt they would have gone unnoticed by some suit.

    Second, why was he allowed to say "bulls**t" but they later bleeped out "s**t"?

    Third, he seemed to stumble over a few punchlines. Needs to work more on delivery.

    Fourth, it never sounded like a disgruntled rant.

  • GSW

    First off, he’s reading cue cards or a teleprompter. I doubt they would have gone unnoticed by some suit.

    Second, why was he allowed to say “bulls**t” but they later bleeped out “s**t”?

    Third, he seemed to stumble over a few punchlines. Needs to work more on delivery.

    Fourth, it never sounded like a disgruntled rant.

  • Captain Obvious

    America – Humour Fail.

  • Captain Obvious

    America – Humour Fail.

  • deBare

    Jimmy is one of the funniest comics in America. If I had to choose one show to watch of the five late night talk shows, I would definitely pick Jimmy Kimmel Live. Conan blows, Fallon is an idiot, Leno and Letterman are getting old and tired. I PVR Kimmel and Craig Ferguson every night, seldom bothering with the others unless they really have a guest I want to watch. A lot of people don't get his humour, but he can poke fun at himself and others in a very sharp (and sometimes subversive) fashion. I hope ABC understands what a gem they have in JK.

    PS. Jimmy does the best guest introductions of any host on TV.

  • deBare

    Jimmy is one of the funniest comics in America. If I had to choose one show to watch of the five late night talk shows, I would definitely pick Jimmy Kimmel Live. Conan blows, Fallon is an idiot, Leno and Letterman are getting old and tired. I PVR Kimmel and Craig Ferguson every night, seldom bothering with the others unless they really have a guest I want to watch. A lot of people don’t get his humour, but he can poke fun at himself and others in a very sharp (and sometimes subversive) fashion. I hope ABC understands what a gem they have in JK.
    PS. Jimmy does the best guest introductions of any host on TV.