“Jimmy Kimmel Live” ran the gamut from the ridiculous to the sublime Tuesday night.
First, the ridiculous: Tuesday night’s “Kimmel” show on ABC featured the return of the savagely funny Jake Byrd, the maniacal “superfan” who turns up in full, celebrity-hound regalia whenever there’s a celebrity trial in L.A.
And he never fails to produce the most dangerously funny bits ever seen on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” — and that’s saying a lot. It’s all an act, and Byrd’s been doing this for years — at the trials of Michael Jackson, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and others. And yet, the mainstream media is still so clueless that “serious” news organizations feature him in photos and on-scene interviews.
Such was the case Tuesday in L.A. on the first day of the trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s personal physician who’s on trial for allegedly administering the operating room-strength anesthetic that killed the King of Pop. There was Byrd, wearing a T-shirt that he’d doctored from “Dr. Conrad Murray” to “Dr. Conrad Mur-der,” and interfering with TV crews all over the place.
A photo of Byrd even graced the CNN home page for a while, since the Web site’s editors apparently didn’t know he was a “Kimmel” show correspondent and not just some local nut. In the bit that aired Tuesday night, Byrd was seen harassing Beth Karas, long-time trial correspondent for TruTV’s daytime trial coverage known as “In Session,” insisting that Karas was actually Nancy Grace and congratulating her for her dancing prowess on “Dancing With the Stars.”
And now, the sublime: Just last month, beloved singer Glen Campbell disclosed in an ABC News interview the heartbreaking news that he’s been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He’s in the early stages of the debilitating illness and in the ABC interview he was already forgetful. And yet, he vowed to continue performing in support of his new album “Ghost on the Canvas.”
Apparently, he believes that performing can help stave off the disease’s progress. That may or may not be true, but he staved it off for one evening at least, in his stunning performance Tuesday on “Kimmel,” where he sang and played guitar like the music legend he is.