Jimmy Kimmel Live! got off to an surprising start Monday night, mostly since Jimmy Kimmel was nowhere to be found. Monday’s horde was, instead, Shaquille O’Neal—the initial of 4 guest hosts who will be hosting a uncover while Kimmel spends a week with his family. Shaq will be followed by Dave Grohl Tuesday night, Channing Tatum Wednesday, and Jennifer Lawrence on Thursday.
Is this a stunt? Of course—but it’s also, so far, a flattering fun one. “That’s right,” Shaq pronounced Monday night. “Tonight, ABC goes from Black-ish to Shaq-ish. But before we get started, we have one order tonight: if we don’t laugh, I’ll flog your ass.”
Shaq competence not be a seasoned comedian, though he’s a humorous guy—so with a assistance of Kimmel’s writers, his digression was some-more or reduction a impact dunk. (Sorry.) His passionless attitude, churned with some good browns about his associate late basketball players, done for a plain intro. “Let’s do a monologue,” Shaq pronounced as he got started. “Do we guys like impressions? That’s too bad, since we don’t do that.”
Then came a basketball zingers:
“Hosting a late-night uncover is a new thing for me. It’s like when Michael Jordan motionless to play baseball—except I’m going to be good during this.” (Insert great Jordan meme here.)
“I have all a things we need to horde this show,” Shaq continued. “A suit, a band, a stupid, no-talent nemesis. You see, Jimmy has Matt Damon. And we have Charles Barkley. He’s like a balder, fatter Matt Damon.”
Then, after he’d gotten his stroke going, one more: “For me, this is super exciting; I’m median by my initial monologue, and I’ve already had a late-night uncover longer than Magic Johnson.”
One of a night’s highlights was a prolonged list of nicknames Kimmel’s essay group concocted for Shaquille O’Neal, Late-Night Host: Arsenio Tall, Jimmy Shaq-immel, Phil Donahuge, Conan O’High One, Shaq Paar, Oprah Winfrey-Throws, Anderson Hooper, and Black Sajak. But maybe a funniest impulse was a shining bit of earthy comedy: Shaq holding a “fun-size” candy to atmosphere his one protest with Halloween.
“Halloween candy is indeed a bruise theme for me,” O’Neal said. “They call it ‘fun size.’ But demeanour during this. When you’re my size, this isn’t fun. This is bullshit.”