5 Things To Know About Emmys Host Jimmy Kimmel

by IMDb-Editors | last updated - 12 Jul 2016

We run down some choice facts about the late-night comedy star and host of the 2016 Primetime Emmy Awards, which airs Sunday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on ABC.

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Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards

Get ready for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards by learning more about 2016's host, funnyman and late-night stalwart Jimmy Kimmel.

Ben with former sidekick, Jimmy Kimmel

After a career in local radio, Kimmel launched his TV career as co-host of the Comedy Central game show “Win Ben Stein’s Money” in 1997. Their odd-couple routine and battle of wits earned the duo an Emmy award in 1999 for Best Game Show Hosts.

The Man Show (1999)

Kimmel took on double host duty when he teamed up with Adam Carolla to launch and co-host "The Man Show" on Comedy Central starting in 1999. The prank talk show aimed at men ran for 15 years, but lost Jimmy to his own show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," in 2003.

David Letterman

His idol growing up was David Letterman. "Really, the reason I got into show business is I wanted to be David Letterman's friend," he announced in a 2015 tribute to the retiring late-night host on his show. "We had no VCR, so I would have David Letterman viewing parties at my house in the middle of the night."

Matthew Fox and Jimmy Kimmel at an event for Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

Kimmel was a huge fan of the TV series "Lost," and often had the writers and actors as guests on his own show. He even created a series, "Lost Secrets," in which the actors/writers appeared with comical bits of information.

Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, and Jimmy Kimmel in Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)

After years of pretending to run out of time for Matt Damon, who was presumably sitting in his green room, Damon took over "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" in January 2013, leaving the tied-up host muted and helpless as Damon recruited a stream of celebrity guests to taunt his faux nemesis.