There was a solid example this week on Jimmy Kimmel Live of the easygoing charm and casual observational humor that the 49-year-old talk show host will apply to his upcoming MC gig at the Dolby Theatre.
It was the Monday after the Golden Globes, with lead guest Ben Affleck addressing the fact that younger brother Casey failed to thank him upon winning Best Actor – Drama for Manchester by the Sea. Kimmel has fun with the omission, pulling up a clip of how Ben in the reverse situation at the 1987 Oscars did remember to thank Casey, albeit with a bit of Matt Damon prompting. To further make the comedic point, Kimmel then ropes in some post-Super Bowl comments made by Eli Manning.
Affleck predicts that Kimmel will be an “amazing” Oscar host, carrying the torch lit by Bob Hope. He also shares, at the very end of the segment above, a series of funny rapid-fire jokes about how a Best Actor win for Casey next month will establish a curious set of Academy Awards “firsts.”
Previously on FishbowlNY:
The Pursuit of Oscars Happiness