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Jimmy Kimmel Comes Home to Brooklyn

Talk Show Visits NYC for the Third Time

By: Eric Ransom

Jimmy Kimmel will celebrate his 50th birthday on November 13. (Credit: bostonglobe.com)

Jimmy Kimmel doesn’t forget his roots.

Kimmel has once again brought the popular late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to his home borough of Brooklyn, hosting shows from October 16-20.

The “Back to Brooklyn” shows featured guests such as David Letterman, Woody Harrelson, DJ Khaled  and musical guests Billy Joel and Tony Bennett.

Former Late Show bandleader Paul Shaffer sat in with Kimmel’s house band “Cleto and the Cletones” for the entire week.

Kimmel first took his show from LA to NY back in 2012 amidst the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and later in 2015 featured a “Back to the Future” reunion.

Despite Kimmel growing up in Las Vegas, Brooklyn was his birthplace and first home before moving to Nevada at age nine.

All five shows took place inside the Peter Jay Sharp building at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, within walking distance from the Barclays Center.

It was a packed house for the Friday night show, featuring Woody Harrelson, Paul Shaffer, Tony Bennett and a surprise appearance from Jon Stewart.

Stewart arrived with a flurry of dancers in red jumpsuits to promote the “Night of Too Many Stars” special, a gathering of numerous comedians performing to raise money for people with autism.

He has hosted the event since 2006, raising over 18 million dollars since.

Harrelson arrived to promote his biopic on President Lyndon B. Johnson, in which he stars as the former Commander-in-Chief in the lead role.

The movie titled “LBJ” is set to be released in theaters on November 3.

Shaffer spoke on the dates he will be performing at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, starting on December 21.

Once the band leader on “Late Night with David Letterman”, Kimmel holds the show very dear to his heart, inspiring him to want to become a talk show host in the first place.

Tony Bennett, 91, performed “The Best is yet to Come”, a song from his latest album “Tony Bennett Celebrates 90” that released last December.

The crowd was energetic and excited to see their favorite late night talk show host deliver a great show, and he certainly did.

Kimmel never fails to disappoint his fans. He actively engages with his audience, including showcasing their talents before the start of the show and talking with members of the crowd in-between segments.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live!” has been not only one of the most popular shows on television, but a major platform for political stances against the current Trump administration.

Kimmel has been a vocal leader in the fight to preserve the Affordable Care Act, after his newborn son Billy was born with a hole in his heart.

Thankfully, Billy is alive today because of his father’s wealth, but he has future operations on the horizon.

Countless other babies, though, wouldn’t be as fortunate. Many with Billy’s condition would die if not for the Affordable Care Act, as parents without health care would not be able to afford the surgeries that Kimmel could, a fact he expressed to lawmakers in an emotional display a few months ago.

He also advocated for gun control after the tragic Las Vegas shooting in early October.

Due to his history with the area, an emotional Kimmel cried for the victims and pleaded for stricter gun laws.

Kimmel said of the senators against gun control, “We have a major problem with gun violence in this country, and I guess they don’t care. If I’m wrong on that, fine, do something about it, because I’m sick of it.”

Kimmel’s Brooklyn shows are a massive hit, returning the favor to his birthplace with an entertaining week of laughs and cheers.

Brooklyn-born Kimmel can’t possibly do anything wrong – fuhgeddaboudit!

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