Jimmy Kimmel scored points and polished his reputation as an A-list TV personality and comedian when he delivered a sharp, and funny, monologue in his stint as host of the annual White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night in Washington.
The ABC late-night star performed before an audience of Washington and news media insiders, including the President of the United States and his wife, as well as celebrities ranging from Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan to George Clooney, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
In his monologue — which you can watch, above — Kimmel made fun of President Obama’s ears and Gov. Christie’s weight. He also took some shots at Keith Olbermann, who was not in attendance. (Olbermann did respond on Twitter, though, writing: “Funny that Jimmy Kimmel ripped me after his people desperately wanted me to fly to LA to be on his show this past Wednesday.”)
President Obama “opened” for Kimmel — delivering his own remarks before Kimmel delivered his. The President even joked about “opening” for the comedian.
This high-profile stint was a watershed moment in Jimmy Kimmel’s career. And it followed the President’s appearance with late-night’s other Jimmy — Jimmy Fallon — by just a few days. Clearly, late-night’s two Jimmys are coming into their own. Fallon also did well with the fun-loving commander-in-chief (we covered that story here), but of the two Jimmys, only Kimmel got to high-five the Prez.