Addressing the Sunday night massacre in Las Vegas, Jimmy Kimmel had some choice words for politicians avoiding the crucial issue of gun reform.
“I do want to say something to these nuts who spent much of the day today on television and online, attacking those of us who think we need to do something about the fact that 59 innocent people were killed,” he began. “They say it’s inappropriate to be talking about it because it’s too soon. Well, maybe it’s too soon for you because deep down inside, you know you bear some responsibility for the fact that almost anyone can get almost any weapon they want.”
“And you want to now cover yourself until the storm of outrage passes and you can go back to your dirty business as usual. But it’s not too soon for us, because we’re Americans. And, last time I checked, the First Amendment is at least as important as the Second Amendment. So we will talk about it. And shame on you for suggesting we do otherwise.”
Kimmel gave an impassioned, emotional speech about the act of terror on his show Monday night as well. Take a look below:
When a comedian with the record-breaking #1 podcast on iTunes accidentally creates a sangria during one tipsy night by his liquor cabinet that’s 20-percent alcohol…you’ve just got to try a glass or four. And tonight, at Sons of Essexat 7pm, you get to do exactly that when Adam Carolla hosts a tasting of his white, red, white peach, and pear-flavored sangria Mangria, alongside confirmed celebrity guests Jimmy Kimmel and Beth Ostrosky-Stern.
The samples are free, the celebrity-gawking is free, and so are the bathrooms you’ll certainly need as the night goes on. Win-win, I’d say. Win-win.
Man, I sure miss the days when music festivals were about the music, man! Back before they were just an excuse for overprivileged, overgrown manchildren to frolic in mud, have anonymous tent sex, take lots of hallucinogens and wear clothing items appropriating indigenous American cultures. Remember Woodstock? We need to go back to that aesthetic. That was totally, completely, 100% about the music. Maybe not, but there’s still something gratifying about watching wannabe-cool kids fall on their faces, hence, this video.
Making fun of teenagers because they haven’t heard of ["Important" Cultural Entity] is tired and lazy and dumb and how many Twitter-screencap compilations do we really need of that come on get a new shtick, but making fun of them for pretending to know things they clearly have no idea about in an effort to seem in-the-know is actually still pretty funny, turns out. Jimmy Kimmel, he of convincing parents to prank their children and say they ate all their Halloween candy, brought a team out to Coachella to interview particularly obnoxious-seeming festivalgoers about their excitement over fake bands. The interviewees gushed over The Chelsea Clintons, Dr. Schlomo and the G.I. Clinic and Get The Fuck Out of My Pool. But the best, and most essential, is obviously a takedown of some skinny white dude in a Native American war bonnet. "Coachella," as it turns out, "is Native American for ‘Dumb White Guy.’" Makes sense. Watch.
This month, Zac Efron graced the cover of our October/November issue to tell you that he Doesn’t Want To Be Your Teenage Crush Anymore. Out on stands now, the cover story revealed that not only does he have a tattoo on his, “hand that reads YOLO,” but that, “as a man watching Zac Efron…I don’t necessarily like me yet. So how can I like Zac Efron?” With a gritty role that looks to push him forward in breaking away from his Disney/teen-romanic lead cachet, Efron can currently be found starring opposite Nicole Kidman and John Cusack in Lee Daniel’s new film, The Paperboy—a role that challenged him to, “see how deep the rabbit hole went and how far I could really push myself.”
A few days ago, Efron went on Jimmy Kimmel Live to promote The Paperboy and explain BlackBook’s cover shoot, in which the handsome actor was adorned with zoo animals. Shot at the Wildlife Learning Center in Los Angeles on a 115 degree day, Efron interacted with the animals with ease, proclaiming “Animals are dope!” while donning a pocket full of bunnies. Check out the clip below for more of Efron’s late night appearance and a closer look at some of our wild images.
So, the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards were last night, and considering we still have a bad taste in our mouths from our inappropriate drunk uncle Billy Crystal hosting the Oscars, for the most part, they were actually pretty fun to watch. Jimmy Kimmel had some funny bits, Giancarlo Esposito and Aaron Paul hugged it out and made us all verklempt, Lena Dunham ate cake naked and Julia-Louis Dreyfuss and Amy Poehler stole the show with their acceptance speech switcheroo.
In terms of the awards themselves, the recipients were almost painfully predictable, especially in the comedy category. The drama awards were mostly bang-on, as the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences for the most part avoided the soapy pleasure of Downton Abbey and Don Draper’s steely gaze to actually reward what probably are the two best dramas on TV right now, Homeland and Breaking Bad (Aaron Paul’s Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series award made our hearts happy). And Louis C.K. took home two awards — one the writing on Louie and one for his standup special at the Beacon Theatre.
But in terms of comedy, once again, the Academy chose to throw Louie its one bone—the equivalent of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences giving the most envelope-pushing film of the year Best Original Screenplay and then kind of ignoring it the rest of the night—and then choosing to celebrate thoroughly mediocre stuff. In a run similar to the one Frasier made in the mid-‘90s, for the past three Emmy cycles now, Modern Family has dominated the comedy categories to the point where even better stuff from the banal, laugh track-y, Chuck Lorre school of TV comedy was ignored (come on, as eye-roll-worthy as The Big Bang Theory can be sometimes, seeing Mayim Bialik win an Emmy, especially as the show’s saving grace that is Amy Farrah Fowler, åwould have been golden). All four of Modern Family’s big winners—Outstanding Supporting Actress Julie Bowen, Outstanding Supporting Actor Eric Stonestreet (convinced that there is one dude voting in the Academy who is just still totally super shocked that a straight dude can play a preening gay man even though this is 2012, y’all), Director Steven Levitan and the show for Outstanding Comedy Series — are repeat wins, with the show itself and Levitan earning them back-to-back-to-back. This year, the rest of the show’s adult cast members were nominated for acting awards.
I like Modern Family. It’s cute. Ty Burrell and Sofia Vergara are eternally fun to watch. I usually walk away from it not hating myself. My whole family watches it (cross-demographic appeal!). And granted, the Outstanding Comedy Series pool was a little thin this year—the token Lorre (The Big Bang Theory), two former comedy powerhouses that are still very funny but mostly over-the-hill (30 Rock, Curb Your Enthusiasm), and the two other HBO shows, Girls and Veep, which were long shots anyway. But at a time and place where so many awesome things are happening with television comedy, at a time when a fart and smunny show like Parks & Recreation or something that, love it or hate it, can spark an international conversation like Girls or a show that is so funny and so human like Louie or a show that celebrates its dweebiness so joyfully like Community or a great traditional thirtysomethings-in-the-city sitcom like Happy Endings can all exist, it seems a disservice to let more of the same rack up statue after statue. It seems kind of silly to rant—the Emmys will probably never change and TV comedy is full of niches and Modern Family certainly isn’t the worst thing to happen to television ever. But when the whole run of programming is so totally awesome, it would just kind of be nice seeing the celebration of the awesomeness spread around a bit. At least Leslie Knope won her city council election. Better luck next time, Team Dunphy.
So, to make ourselves feel better about everything, here’s Aaron Paul’s acceptance speech again.
Prince Harry lovers (er, lust-ers) such as myself — but not Tyler — have gotten an eyeful this week with Prince Hot Ginge’s royal junk on every blog and gossip site. There is still hope more photos and videos will surface. But in the meantime, we can capture this special moment in perpetuity with the Prince Harry Commemorative Plates collection.
There’s Prince Harry grinding on a Jamaican lady. Prince Harry wearing a bra. Prince Harry licking a nipple. Prince Harry humping his naked friend. So many to collect and display right beside your royal wedding commemorative plates.
Why does Jimmy Kimmel have to tease us like this? I need this to be a real thing. I need this to be a real thing now.
I would like to think Jimmy Kimmel is not a sexist douchebag, seeing how he dated Sarah Silverman for so many years. I can’t see her staying with a man with discriminatory views towards women. So I’m scratching my head as to why Kimmel stood up for sexist comments about how "women aren’t funny" made by his former co-host of The Man Show, Adam Carolla. "I think Adam says a lot of things he doesn’t mean," Kimmel told TheWrap.com at a Television Critics Association panel on this year’s Emmys. Oh really?
So when Adam blabbed to Larry Getlen at The New York Post at length about how women aren’t funny, that was just a very loooooooong-winded offhand "I don’t mean it" comment?
Do you hate working with women?
No. But they make you hire a certain number of chicks, and they’re always the least funny on the writing staff. The reason why you know more funny dudes than funny chicks is that dudes are funnier than chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I’m just gonna tell her, “Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they’ll have to hire you, they can’t really fire you, and you don’t have to produce that much. It’ll be awesome.”
The “are women funny” debate has grown very contentious. You’re not worried about reactions to this?
I don’t care. When you’re picking a basketball team, you’ll take the brother over the guy with the yarmulke. Why? Because you’re playing the odds. When it comes to comedy, of course there’s Sarah Silverman, Tina Fey, Kathy Griffin — super-funny chicks. But if you’re playing the odds? No. If Joy Behar or Sherri Shepherd was a dude, they’d be off TV. They’re not funny enough for dudes. What if Roseanne Barr was a dude? Think we’d know who she was? Honestly.
That sounds like a pretty well-supported opinion for something Carolla "doesn’t mean." Yes, he was being a bit bombastic — as any comedian in an interview would be — but he also flat out says "I don’t care" about the reaction. That doesn’t sound too wink-wink-nudge-nudge to me.
I know Jimmy Kimmel is not responsible for his friend’s actions. And I’m not dopey enough to think the two hosts of The Man Show are going to bring Gloria Steinem’s sensibility to anything they do. But they are in the public eye — happily earning their livings as women support their shows and comedy tours! — and comedians don’t get a pass for fucked up shit just because they make us laugh.
Kimmel had the opportunity to vehemently refute Carolla’s sexist comments — even respectfully disagree with them. Instead, he chose to make an excuse.
Rabbi Dovid Sondik is somewhat of a YouTube sensation. Search “The Flying Rabbi,” and a myriad of videos featuring Sondik rapidly talking to people in their cars will pop up. Over the summer, Jimmy Kimmel spliced himself into one of those videos for a bit about LeBron James meeting with a different Rabbi—Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto. Sondik took objection to his image being used, and tried to sue Kimmel. Unfortunately, as the judge threw out Sondik’s case.
TheDaily News reports Judge David Schmidt rejected the claim because “The clip of plaintiff at issue was used as part of a comedic (or at least an attempted comedic) or satiric parody of LeBron James meeting with Rabbi Pinto, itself undoubtedly an event that was newsworthy or of public interest." Watch the bit below and feel free to decide if it’s worthy of Judge Schmidt’s high praise for its, “attempted comedic” nature:
"Plaintiff looks nothing like Rabbi Pinto," Schmidt asserted. "It is apparent that the piece primarily makes fun of the idea that LeBron James was seeking business advice from a spiritual leader with whom he could not actually converse." Schmidt used an old Leno bit as precedent. Leno was sued years ago for featuring someone’s business card without authorization during one of his Headlines segments, but that claim was thrown out. Had David Letterman sued Leno for stealing the Headlines bit from him, however, he may have had a case (but that’s a whole different story).
Sondik’s Lawyer told the Daily News, “My client is a private person and didn’t do anything to deserve being the butt of a joke on national TV." Cheer up, Rabbi Sondik. The joke was on LeBron.
● “I love dinner,” said Jimmy Kimmel, expressing his excitement after being named host of this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [People] ● Just like the rest of us, Kris Humphries found out about his divorce on TMZ. Scooped! [DailyBeast] ● Jessica Simpson used her Halloween costume to confirm what we all already knew: “That’s right, I’m going to be a mummy,” she wrote on her website because, duh, she’s pregnant! [JessicaSimpson]
● This video of Britney Spears giving Joe Jonas an onstage pole dance is all kinds of not-sexy. [Gawker] ● Justin Bieber, be warned: Selena Gomez’s got a new love, and he’s super cute! Meet Baylor, the puppy. [DailyMail] ● In this month’s Vanity Fair, Scarlett Johansson opens up about her leaked photos, admitting that they were for her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds, and that she knows her “best angles.” “There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno — although there’s nothing wrong with that either,” she says. [NYP]