This past Wednesday, I had the privilege of going to the taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live! I so was incredibly excited and I wasn’t too sure on what to expect. I have had the chance to be on a movie entertainment show, but never to the millions of view caliber.
Upon arriving, many questions went through my mind: how is Jimmy going to act off camera, who are the guests, what will his staff be doing? I was eager to find the answers.
Once we arrived in Hollywood, the big dilemma was, where the heck is the Highland and Hollywood parking complex?! The iota tickets specifically recommended this parking garage so we can get validated, so I was determined to find it. After asking about 4 people, only 1 gave us the actually directions. It turns out that it was directly across the street, but we needed to go down the crossing street in order to get in.
The waiting process wasn’t that bad. I know that waiting isn’t something Americans are too fond of, but the wacky street entertainment kept me occupied.
Since we had the parking debacle, we were a little late to say the least… We were 5th to last, actually. After about an hour of waiting, we were in the front of the line. Luckily, there were enough sits for us.
I noticed the moment we got to the studio, the young interns staring at me, a compliment I’m sure, but it made me a little self-continuous.
It was 35 minutes before filming and I was pumped, we were seated in the far back corner, but since the set was so small, we had a perfect view of the stage.
Next came the warm up and he was a rambunctious guy. He was boisterous and… Well a tad obnoxious.
The monitors came on, another crew member stepped to the stage and announced that we were about to start. After the introduction, there before my eyes was Mr Jimmy Kimmel (he is so much skinnier in person)!
It was fascinating to me that everything he did was so natural for him. He just went straight into his monologue and didn’t miss a beat. He is a funny guy, that one.
Commercial break rolled around and I was expecting a dynamic persona to pour out of this thin framed man and to my surprise, nothing. He did not engage the audience and didn’t seem too thrilled about our presence. I thought maybe he was just preoccupied.
The next segment I remember most was his interview with Vince Vaughn, he had just got his hand and foot prints in the Chinese theatre, which was cool, but there conversation seemed unauthentic. It was more like two actors performing. I had a preconceived notion that it was all a naturally occurring interview.
All in all, my experience at the Jimmy Kimmel Live studio was very informative. I leaned a lot about how misleading television can be. I did however enjoy the production of it, all very fascinating.
~from the changed perspective
What was something you have experienced that was differenct from a preconceived notion? Let me know