Monday, May 14, 2012

"Brooklyn native" Jimmy Kimmel to broadcast from Brooklyn, to coincide with NBA season

"Late-night comedian and Brooklyn native Jimmy Kimmel is taking his show on the road to broadcast from his home borough this fall," reported the Daily News today.

"Jimmy Kimmel is heading home," said the Hollywood Reporter.

The Brooklyn Paper did a whole Q&A, far more space than it devoted to the documentary film Battle for Brooklyn.

Well, Kimmel's family moved from Mill Basin to Las Vegas when he was nine. But just like announcer David Diamante, who moved to Brooklyn at age 30, is described as a fifth-generation Brooklynite, so too can Kimmel be claimed.

The press release:
BROOKLYN– Jimmy Kimmel Live! will broadcast its show from the host’s birthplace of Brooklyn from October 29 – November 2, which is timed to coincide with the start of the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Nets.

ABC announced today that Jimmy Kimmel Live! will originate from the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), the historic performing arts center which has been the cultural epicenter of Brooklyn since 1861. BAM is located two blocks from Barclays Center, which will open on September 28 and be the home of the Brooklyn Nets. Barclays Center will host more than 220 sports and entertainment events a year and together with BAM will create one of the most vibrant and unique culture districts in the U.S.

As part of the week of shows, Jimmy Kimmel Live! will feature Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and the borough of Brooklyn, along with special guests, segments, and music acts.

“It’ll be great to have Jimmy back in his native Brooklyn,” said Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. “It will be an exciting week for the show and for the Brooklyn Nets, as major professional sports returns to Brooklyn for the first time since 1957. Jimmy’s appearance is significant for the borough and will continue to make the Brooklyn Nets a national story.”

Kimmel will be the latest Brooklynite to be part of the historic launch of Barclays Center. JAY Z will open the venue with a concert on September 28 and Barbra Streisand will perform in concert on October 11.
Of course, there'd be reason for Kimmel to do shows in Brooklyn--it is hot culturally--even without the arena and the team. But the Nets mean synergy!

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