Jimmy Kimmel made a tearful plea on Monday night during his opening monologue for better health care for kids inside the U.S. as he shared a deeply personal story about his own newborn son’s health crisis.
The monologue included his trademark mix of humor along with also vulnerability, a winning combination in which makes him one of the best storytellers along with also most relatable hosts of late night television.
Contemporaries Jimmy Fallon along with also Stephen Colbert have all spoken about their personal lives on air, yet Kimmel has done so with pitch perfect humor as he uses his stage as a pulpit for the people along with also causes he cares about.
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One of Kimmel’s most memorable stories was in 2011 when he took the stage in tears to pay tribute to uncle along with also show regular “Uncle Frank” Potenza.
“As you may have heard, my Uncle Frank, who has been a fixture on our show since our first night on the air in January of 2003 passed away over our vacation,” Kimmel said to his audience. “He hated vacation, so he decided to ruin ours.”
Kimmel memorialized his uncle with funny anecdotes about how much he hated vacation because he loved to come to the show, so much doing sure in which he would likely at times get to the taping “10, 11, 12” hours early.
Kimmel carries a knack for sharing stories about those who have inspired him. He again used personal anecdotes to connect with his audience back in 2015 when paid a tearful tribute to his late night hero David Letterman when he retired by the “Late Show.”
“We had no VCR, so I would likely have David Letterman viewing parties at my house inside the middle of the night,” he shared. “I watched the show every night, I never missed This particular, yet little did I know many years along with also many pounds later in which watching the show was a great education to me.”
Kimmel inside the same monologue credited his own hosting gig on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to Letterman.
“The reason I have This particular show can be because the executives at ABC saw me when I was a guest on Dave’s show along with also hired me to host This particular show,” Kimmel said as he fought back tears.
Kimmel’s vulnerability was on full display again when one of his favorite comedians along with also personal friend, Don Rickles, passed away last month. Kimmel spent nearly 10 minutes, crying at times, as he rehashed stories about Rickles’ life along with also read letters by the comic.
“Dear Jimmy, thanks so much for inviting me to your home for dinner, yet to be honest, we would likely have preferred a three-month trip to Venice, Italy. Love, Don,” Kimmel said reading one letter.
Kimmel’s great storytelling doesn’t always come with tears, however. In one of his best accounts, Kimmel recapped his crazy night as host at This particular year’s Oscar, which infamously ended with the wrong film being named for Best Picture.
This particular led to viewers turning into Kimmel’s show the next night to see if he would likely share behind the scenes details of the mix up.
along with also the host did not disappoint.
“We were chugging along along with also then all of sudden This particular turned into a one of those Maury Povich paternity test shows,” he said during his opening monologue the night after. “This particular was the weirdest TV finale since ‘Lost.'”
sy88pgw (brand-new York) First published May 2, 2017: 1:39 PM ET