It’s always fun when movie stars and talk-show hosts laugh at themselves and their genres, and ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ did that for a terrific full hour last night when Matt Damon taped Kimmel to a chair and highjacked the show as host. The ten-year running joke has been that Kimmel bumped Damon as a guest every night, and Damon’s fake-revenge was full of surprise guests – including Nicole Kidman, Gary Oldman and Amy Adams, with Sheryl Crow replacing the show’s bandleader and Andy Garcia taking over for sidekick Guillermo. All this and not a word from Kimmel himself, sitting there with a gag in his mouth.
Among other things, we see that the man who was Jason Bourne has an easy sense of comedy, and that ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ is creating some of the best tongue-in-cheek sketches in late-night.
Take a look at Damon taking over and his monologue:
And here – with guests Emily Blunt and Greg Kinnear – is Kimmel auditioning for movie roles that Damon got: