Jimmy Kimmel Live! started, as per usual, with a monologue. First Jimmy introduced his guests: Bob Odenkirk, Kendall Jenner and “musical” guest Kiefer Sutherland. The guest musician was, once again, Robert Randolph who sat in with Cleto and the Cletones.
The monologue included “drunk” Donald Trump, Fox “news” reporting on the many illnesses of Hilary Clinton (Did they not see the pickle jar?) and HBO’s 11th season of Hard Knocks. The HBO series is narrated by Liev Schreiber, who was mentioned by Odenkirk later. Schreiber is another Emmy nominee for his Showtime series Ray Donovan.
This was followed by Jimmy doing an advertisement (in the future) for “Death Alert.”
Next up was Miles Brown from Black-ish who taught Jimmy’s 77-year-old Aunt Chippy about the intricacies of Pokemon Go. It was funny and cute. Chippy did use a lot of expletives in her speech, making it quite colorful and Miles actually comments on it at one point.
There was even some “Pokemon Go Bullying” and a smart phone theft.
Bob Odenkirk was first up and they talked Emmys. Odenkirk is up for an Emmy for Better Call Saul the highly successful spin off of Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad. Bob won an Emmy years before for his work on Saturday Night Live.
The Better Call Saul star did a comedy riff about the “Emmy Village” and how all the nominees are staying there. It was quite funny although the audience was a bit slow to catch on to some bits. The Liev Schreiber gag was funny as was the Kevin Spacey one. Odenkirk managed to give Tim Conway a mention.
Jimmy gave Odenkirk a Kardashian quiz, which he failed abysmally. Clearly Bob is not bothered nor impressed by the reality TV stars. Thankfully, he was off stage when Kendall Jenner arrived for her time with Jimmy.
Jenner was there to talk about scoring the September cover of Vogue, quite a big thing actually, and we learned that she lives across the street from Kimmel. He asked her to babysit and she invited herself over for a meal.
Kendall came out looking beautiful in a gold camisole, no bra, and a black skirt. They spoke about the Vogue shoot and how “sick” she felt in the Gucci outfit that is featured on the cover. Kendall revealed that she is a compulsive cleaner and Jimmy asked her to clean his house.
(It is interesting that in her childhood memories of running track, in middle school, Jenner still refers to Kaitlyn as her father.)
Kiefer Sutherland was the final guest. There was no interview, Sutherland performed the single “Can’t Stay Away” from his album “Down In A Hole.” More “rock-a-billy” than country the song was good, if not a little short on vocals, and the performance was a bit too busy.
Still, the Designated Survivor star clearly enjoyed what he was doing and the band was impressive. Sutherland can sing but he needs to be less athletic and focus on the lyrics and wowing the audience with his charm.
Overall, his performance was a five star win just for his enthusiasm alone. It will be interesting to hear more songs from the album.
Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC.