Jimmy Kimmel is one of the most recognizable figures in television right now. The 48-year-old talk show host may have been around the block a few times, but he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. However, despite the fact that Kimmel has spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Jimmy Kimmel. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!
Number Fifteen: He Is an Insanely Talented Artist. According to Kimmel’s mother, Kimmel grew up sketching a lot, and he became extremely good at it. His father even thought that he was going to be an animator when he grew up.
Number Fourteen: He Was an Altar Boy. Kimmel was raised in a Catholic household, and he was even an altar boy when he was a child.
Number Thirteen: He Was Always Pulling Practical Jokes. According to Kimmel’s childhood priest in Las Vegas, Kimmel was always pulling pranks, although none of them were mean in spirit.
Number Twelve: He Is Incredibly Generous. Kimmel found out that his alma mater, Clark High School, was building a computer lab, but they had run out of money to buy computers. Kimmel bought all 72 computers needed to finish the lab.
Number Eleven: He Was a Wedding DJ. Kimmel took over as the DJ for friend and former co-worker Kent Voss’ wedding in 1992. Apparently, the DJ who was hired was doing such a bad job that Kimmel was compelled to take over and DJ the wedding.
Number Ten: He Is the Only Comedian Who Could Be President. According to Ben Stein, anyway. Stein, who was the co-host of Win Ben Stein’s Money (Kimmel’s first television job), says that Kimmel is both incredibly smart and quick on his feet. Stein also says that Kimmel is a “man of the people,” meaning he can relate to just about everyone without coming off as condescending.
Number Nine: He Has Regrets. Kimmel admits he regrets the moments when he is especially or needlessly mean to people. He says he will remember those moments forever and has learned to let things go as he’s gotten older.