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.