Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC Television Network's late-night talk show. Now in its twelfth season, JKL is packed with hilarious comedy bits and features a diverse lineup of guests including celebrities, athletes, musicians, comedians and humorous human interest subjects. Every night, Kimmel delivers his up-to-the minute take on the latest news and pop culture topics from the day's events in his monologue. Kimmel has welcomed such notables as Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Eddie Murphy, Tom Cruise, Woody Harrelson, Jamie Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Wahlberg, Zach Galifianakis, Charlize Theron, Tim Allen, Simon Cowell, Adam Sandler, Ellen DeGeneres, Mickey Rourke, Taylor Lautner, Robert Pattinson, Channing Tatum, John Krasinski, David Beckham, Shaquille O'Neal and many more, including Matt Damon… well, almost Matt Damon.
Kimmel's bandleader is his childhood best friend, Cleto Escobedo, and recurring comedy segments include JKL security guard Guillermo Rodriguez, Jimmy's Cousin Sal's hidden camera pranks, No. 1 Celebrity Superfan Jake Byrd and Jimmy's feisty Aunt Chippy. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" features a weekly signature comedy segment entitled "Unnecessary Censorship" which pokes fun at the FCC's crackdown on the media by unnecessarily censoring clips from TV news, political speeches, reality TV and nature shows. The show has also welcomed numerous esteemed guest directors to oversee individual episodes of the program including J.J. Abrams, Quentin Tarantino, Michel Gondry and Jon Favreau.
Jimmy Kimmel Live is located on Hollywood Boulevard in the heart of L.A.'s star-studded Walk of Fame. Kimmel showcases this famous location's unique character throughout his show by regularly interacting with the local "Super Heroes" parading along the boulevard and challenging passersby to participate in various comedy bits. Kimmel has also created many one-of-a-kind concert experiences closing down Hollywood streets around his studio to hold musical block party events with artists such as Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Depeche Mode, as well as special outdoor and lobby performances by Adele, Micki Minaj, Drake, Tony Bennett, Pitbull, Britney Spears, Lady Antebellum, Usher, Lenny Kravitz, The Band Perry, Lil Wayne, Phoenix, 50 Cent, Bush and Gavin DeGraw.
In addition to his nightly show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards" annual specials have proven to be Kimmel's destination for debuting the show's signature comedy pieces such as "I'm F**king Ben Affleck," "Handsome Men's Club," "Hottie Body Hump Club" and Tom Hanks' "Toddlers and Tiaras" which have all become huge viral successes garnering millions of hits on YouTube.
The most recent installment of JKL: After the Academy Awards" featured an interview with the iconic Oprah Winfrey, music from Grammy winning Coldplay and the premiere of a trailer for the greatest movie never made, "Movie: The Movie" starring Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Tom Hanks, Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron, Don Cheadle, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Samuel L. Jackson, Cameron Diaz, JJ Abrams, Jessica Biel, Jason Bateman, Tyler Perry, Edward Norton, Colin Farrell, Ryan Philippe, and many more. This show delivered JKL's most watched post-Oscars special since its debut seven years ago. Additionally, hours after the show aired, Kimmel's YouTube channel surpassed a half-billion views. JKL launched the show's YouTube channel only three years ago in 2009 and is now the world's first late-night television show (and only the third U.S. show of any time) to break the half-billion mark.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
Our dress code is NICE CASUAL as if you are going to a nice dinner! Audience members may appear on camera and may be asked to participate in the show.
WHERE DOES THE SHOW TAPE?
All audience members must check-in at the front of our studio located at 6840 Hollywood Blvd (directly across from the Dolby Theatre and Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Blvd).
HOW LONG IS A TAPING?
Tapings typically last between an hour and a half and two hours. This does not include check-in, seating, and the audience warm-up. Ticket holders can expect the day to last approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours from the call time to the conclusion of the show. On occasion, there will be additional segments taped in the studio prior to or after the scheduled show. Please leave your departure time flexible.
WHAT TIME SHOULD I ARRIVE?
We recommend fans arrive a minimum of 30-45 minutes prior to the call time listed on the ticket. We operate on a first-come, first-served basis, as ticket distribution may be in excess of studio capacity.
WHAT IS THE MINIMUM AGE TO ATTEND THE SHOW?
All studio audience members must be at least 18 years of age. The minimum age for outdoor concerts is 16. Anyone not meeting the minimum age requirement for the show will not be admitted regardless of whether they’re accompanied by a parent or guardian.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE SHOW?
Please bring a valid government-issued photo ID with a birth date. This information must match the information submitted with your request. We always recommend printing out a hard copy of your ticket.
CAN I BRING A CAMERA?
Cameras are not permitted inside the studio. Photography of any kind is prohibited. If you are attending the studio portion of our taping security will check your camera which you may claim immediately following the conclusion of the entire taping. Cell phones are allowed, but they must be turned off for the duration of the taping. Cameras, bags, purses, and electronic devices are NOT permitted at JKL Outdoor Concerts.
IS THERE A SECURITY SCREENING?
All audience members are required to be screened prior to entering the studio. Please refrain from bringing extra personal belongings.
IS THERE A BAG CHECK?
Security will hold large bags and cameras until the conclusion of the entire taping if you are attending a JKL studio taping. There is no bag check for outdoor concerts.
ARE JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE TICKETS FREE?
Yes, all Jimmy Kimmel Live tickets are free and non-transferable.
CAN I REQUEST MORE THAN TWO TICKETS?
Unfortunately, we only allow individuals to request two tickets at this time. If there are additional members in your party we recommend they create an account on 1iota.com and request tickets as a separate group. In the event they do receive tickets we will make reasonable attempts to seat parties together, but this may not always be a possibility.
WHEN WILL I FIND OUT IF MY TICKET REQUEST HAS BEEN APPROVED?
If tickets are available for the show you requested, you will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the show by email. Not all ticket requests can be honored, and we will contact you only if your ticket request has been approved. Please note that from time-to-time, last minute tickets may become available and we may contact you closer to the show date you requested. Receiving a ticket within 24 hours of a taping is highly unlikely. You can check the status of your request anytime by logging into your 1iota account.
HOW CAN I GET STANDBY TICKETS?
Standby tickets are occasionally available approximately 90 minutes prior to showtime. A 1iota representative will direct you to the appropriate line when you arrive.
CAN I TAKE PICTURES?
We do not allow any sort of photography inside the studio. This applies both before, during, and after the taping. No photos of any kind are allowed once you enter the building. This is not applicable during outdoor concerts. Cell phone pictures are fine during the outdoor portion of the show.
Restrooms are located inside the studio. Restroom use is allowed prior to the start of taping. There are many locations on Hollywood Blvd that have public restrooms available before entering the building. Once the house band is in place restrooms are no longer allowed in the studio. Please be prepared to sit for the duration of the taping.
I GOT TURNED AWAY! WHAT NOW?
We overbook slightly and cannot guarantee admission. We always recommend arriving early. If you arrive late you do risk being turned away. When that happens we will still scan your ticket and mark it as turned away. You will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to attend a future taping. Please note that we will make every effort to accommodate turned away parties at the earliest convenience - space permitting.
WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS?
Accessibility options are limited and subject to availability. Contact us after you have RESERVED your tickets to confirm arrangements are available. Please call 323-417-6554 between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM Monday through Friday or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact us if you require a wheelchair at all times.
CAN I BRING FOOD OR WATER INTO THE STUDIO?
Food and water are not allowed in the studio. We do not provide food or water for audience members, but there are plenty of dining/refreshment options available on Hollywood Blvd.