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James Christian "Jimmy" Kimmel (born November 13, 1967) is an American comedian, writer, talk show host, game show host, and producer.

Kimmel was born in New York, to parents of German and Italian descent. The family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when he was nine years old. He graduated from Ed W. Clark High School and then attended University of Nevada, Las Vegas for one year and Arizona State University for two years. He did not complete his degree.

Kimmel began working in the radio industry while in high school, hosting a Sunday night interview show on UNLV's college station KUNV. While attending Arizona State University, he became a popular caller to the KZZP-FM afternoon show hosted by radio personalities Mike Elliott and Kent Voss in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, Kimmel landed his first paying job doing morning drive at KZOK-FM in Seattle, Washington alongside Voss as morning drive co-host of The Me and Him Show. Ten months later, Kimmel and Voss were fired by KZOK and were fired again a year later at WRBQ-FM in Tampa, Florida. Kimmel went from Tampa to host his own show at KCMJ-FM in Palm Springs, California (where Kimmel convinced a young Carson Daly to drop out of college and become his intern). From Tampa, Kimmel landed a job with Mike Elliott at 93.7 KRQ in Tucson. Kimmel and Elliott were fired after one year. From KRQ, Kimmel was hired as sports guy/comedy writer for the Kevin and Bean morning show at KROQ-FM, Los Angeles, where he was known as "Jimmy the Sports Guy." Kimmel spent five years at KROQ, leaving in 1999 to focus on television.

Kimmel's television career began as the comedic counterpart to Ben Stein on the game show Win Ben Stein's Money which aired on Comedy Central in 1997. His quick wit and everyman personality was a counterpoint to Ben Stein's monotone performing style and patrician demeanor. This combination earned the pair an Emmy award for Best Game Show Host.

In 1999, during his time with Win Ben Stein's money, Kimmel was also co-host (with Adam Carolla) and co-creator (with Daniel Kellison) of Comedy Central's The Man Show. Kimmel permanently left Win Ben Stein's Money in 2001. He was replaced by comedian Nancy Pimental who, eventually, was replaced by Kimmel's cousin Sal Iacono.

Jimmy Kimmel is divorced and has two children. He married Gina (maiden name)in June 1988; they had their first child in 1991 and a second in 1993. The marriage ended in 2002.

In January 2003, Kimmel permanently left The Man Show to host his own late-night talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC.

In the April 2007 issue of Stuffmagazine.com, Kimmel was named the "biggest badass on TV". Kimmel said it was an honor but clearly a mistake.

In August 2006, ABC announced that Jimmy Kimmel will be the host of their new game show Set for Life. The show debuted on July 20, 2007.

On April 6, 2007, Kimmel filled in for Larry King on Larry King Live. That particular show was about the paparazzi. It was on that show that Kimmel criticized Emily Gould, an editor from Gawker.com about the website's alleged stalking of celebrities.

On July 8, 2007, Kimmel managed the National League in the 2007 Taco Bell All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game. He played in the game in 2004 and 2006 (Houston and Pittsburgh).



 


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