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  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Comedian
  • Birthday:  November 13, 1967

Jimmy Kimmel is a comedian, television host, producer, and writer. He’s the executive producer and host of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” a late-night talk show, since 2003. He hosted the Primetime Emmy Awards in 2012, 2016 and 2020. He also hosted the Academy Awards in 2017, 2018, 2023, and 2024. Before hosting “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” Kimmel was the co-host of Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” and “Win Ben Stein’s Money.” He’s also produced shows, including “Crank Yankers,” “Sports Show with Norm Macdonald,” and “The Andy Milonakis Show.” In 2018, Time named him as one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” He’s hosted a late-night talk show, the longest of all current late-night television hosts in the U.S. after Conan O’Brien retired from hosting a late-night program.

Kimmel was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up in the Mill Basin neighborhood. He’s the oldest of three children of Joan and James John Kimmel. The family moved to Las Vegas when he was nine years old. He graduated from Ed W. Clark High School and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, for one year before transferring to Arizona State University. In 2013, he received an honorary degree from UNLV. Kimmel’s uncle, Frank Potenza or “Uncle Frank,” appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” as a regular from 2003 until he died in 2011. His cousin, Sal Iacono, performed Kimmel’s former co-hosting duties during the last season of “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and then became a writer and sketch performer on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” His aunt, Chippy, is also a featured part of the show and his brother, Jonathan, works on the show as a director.

Inspired by David Letterman’s start in radio, Kimmel started working in radio while in high school. He was the host of a Sunday night interview show on UNLV’s college station, KUNV. While attending Arizona State University, he became a popular caller to the KZZP-FM afternoon show hosted by radio personalities Kent Voss and Mike Elliot in Phoenix, Arizona. In 1989, Kimmel landed his first paying job alongside Voss as morning drive co-host of “The Me and Him Show” at KZOK-FM in Seattle, Washington. Over the next 10 months, the hosts performed several stunts on air, including one that led to an $8,000 loss in advertising.

What religion is Jimmy Kimmel?

Jimmy Kimmel was raised Catholic and served as an altar boy as a child. Kimmel got into a social media spat with Alabama politician Roy Moore after Kimmel sent one of his people to interrupt a Moore rally at a church. After that incident, Moore tweeted at Kimmel, “If you want to mock our Christian values, come down here to Alabama and do it man to man.” Kimmel responded, saying he’d be happy to come to Alabama to discuss Christian values.

He said, “It doesn’t fit your stereotype, but I happen to be a Christian too. I made my first holy communion, I was confirmed, I pray, I support my church, one of my closest friends is a priest, and I baptized my children. Christian is actually my middle name. I know that’s shocking, but it’s true. So, if you’re open to it, when we sit down, I will share with you what I learned at my church. At my church, forcing yourself on underaged girls is a no-no. Some even consider it to be a sin.”

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