Jimmy Kimmel Live: Eddie Murphy and Gaten Matarazzo (Review)


Jimmy Kimmel Live gave Eddie Murphy a chance to plug his very serious movie and Gaten Matarazzo a chance to celebrate his new deep voice. The musical guest Schoolboy Q & E-40 performed at the end of the show and they were very reminiscent of The Beastie Boys in terms of sound.

Kimmel started the show off by having a chat with Gaten, who was backstage in the greenroom, on his Stranger Things walkie.  (Afterward, Jimmy refers to the communication device as the new iPhone 7.)

A simple bit of comedy based on the amount of times “over” could be used over and over again.  One of the reason’s Kimmel’s show is a personal favorite, as well as the gags and pranks the host pulls on the unsuspecting.

The monologue  was cut short this week, although there was time to make fun of Donald Trump.  “Drunk Donald Trump” pre-empted the Judge James segment.  The verdict on this “Judge Judy” parody is mixed. Amusing but not overly funny, this felt like filler although Kimmel pulled off his joke well.

(The visual site of Jimmy coming on with either no trousers – or he was wearing shorts- under the judge’s robe was missed by the studio audience apparently.)

Murphy and Kimmel discussed their favorite series of all time Good Times.  For those too young to remember, this was the series that made Jimmy Walker a runaway star (pun intended) and frustrated John Amos so much that he left the show to work on Roots.

The two men spoke about the prom, Murphy did not go to his but did attend his girlfriend’s.  The performer also admitted that he does not pack his own bags when traveling.

He and Jimmy talked about kids, vasectomies and his start in comedy. Murphy revealed that he owes his start to the 1976 talent show The Gong Show.

Murphy’s new film Mr. Church and the performer plays against type. The drama opens September 16 and there was a clip from the film.  Here is a trailer for the film:

Murphy and Kimmel finished talking about the possibility of Eddie doing stand-up again. Murphy also did an excellent impression of Tracy Morgan with his  “ballpark franks.” (Very funny.)

Next up was Matarazzo, now 14 years old and what a difference a birthday makes.  Last week Gaten was on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon and he was all over the place.  On this episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live,  Gaten was quite controlled.

He talked about what happened on his birthday (a Santa Monica Pier visit) and his lack of excitement over presents. Jimmy congratulated Gaten on reaching puberty and claimed that the young actor would have  mustache in season two.

They talked about raises, which Matarazzo did not ask for, and how he manages his money. Gaten replied that he had no idea. Jimmy then asked him how he got, for instance, a skateboard.

Gaten: “I ask my mom, ‘Can I have a skateboard’ and she says no.”

This calmer version of Gaten Matarazzo was a delight. On other talkshows he has been a bit overexcited. Either his newly developed hormones have calmed him down or, more likely, this celebrity thing is becoming more commonplace for the Stranger Things star.

At the end of the show, Kimmel apologized, again, to Matt Damon for running out of time. Schoolboy Q & E-40 performed and high energy song that was a crowd pleaser.

Jimmy Kimmel Live airs Monday through Friday on ABC.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! Terence Howard, #WhatIHate & Lip-Syncing

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Jimmy KImmel Live! featured Terence Howard, Wolf Blitzer and musical guest Bonnie Raitt.  Jimmy’s monologue included #PickleGate, the MTV VMA awards,  and lip-syncing. He also started the show with another #WhatIHate video.

There were jokes about Kanye West and his wife Kim Kardashian missing Beyonce’s eclectic, and long, performance at the VMA awards, (They were backstage on their smartphones, presumably uploading that picture that Kim took of Kanye’s smile…)

The highlight of the monologue was the lip-sync gag that Kimmel used to poke fun at Britney Spears’ performance at the VMA. Spears is the lip-sync queen but she was  not alone in her recorded performance. Rihanna was also “syncing” for her opening number.  Nikki Minaj may have been during her bored duet with Ariana Grande.

Regardless of who was or was not singing live, Jimmy’s lip-sync speech was better than either Spears or Rihanna’s attempt on the night. See for yourself:

Kimmel also did another #WhatIHate video. This time it focussed on restaurant servers, which must be millennial speak for waiters and waitresses… It was amusing what these hardworking men and women found annoying about customers and tips, or lack thereof:

Kanye West was also under fire for doing what he does best, boring audiences for prolonged periods of time before either performing or, as was the case on the VMA, showing his latest video. As Kimmel pointed out, West needs to adapt his style to match his Millennial audience.

Jimmy’s first guest was Terence Howard, star of Empire, new father and new grandfather. Howard showed off his “party trick” of writing backwards with either hand. Impressive, although a huge number or airmen in the USAF can write backwards…

Howard was there to plug the new season of Empire, which is entering its third season on FOX (September 21, 2016 is the premiere date.) but Terence did not talk about the show at all. It was all about circumcision and man-boobs.

Journalist Wolf Blitzer was guest number two. Subjects included Bernie Saunders repeatedly getting Wolf’s name wrong and how much Blitzer looks like Jimmy’s dad.

The biggest subject covered was #PickleGate. Wolf expressed disappointment that he missed the story when it broke. Jimmy confessed that it would have been funny if Hillary had not been able to open the jar.

Kimmel asked if Wolf would open a pickle jar to see it the lid “popped.” Blitzer even opened the jar, “very slowly.”

The lid popped.

Granted it was not very loud but there was a pop. Jimmy predicted that social media would now go wild. (In this instance Kimmel was wrong as we checked Twitter and Facebook and #PickleGate is not trending on either platform.) Like, Howard, Blitzer also has a new grandchild. Unlike Terence, he does not have a new child as well.

Bonnie Raitt closed the show with her song “Need You Tonight.” The ’70s blues artist gave a splendid performance that left the audience wanting more.

There was of course no time for Matt Damon. Jimmy Kimmel poked fun at Kanye West and Britney Spears, out of the two, one can easily see West turning to Twitter in retaliation. Spears does not tweet, she is reported to have staff do this for her, so she may remain silent.

It will be interesting to see if #PickleGate continues…

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