Jimmy Kimmel reopens the Strip Comedy Club

Ask Jimmy Kimmel why his eponymous comedy club was among the last to reopen in Las Vegas, and he says, “Thanks for using ‘eponymous’ in a sentence, like I could relate to it.”

He then explains: “We are very slow. We are lazy and slow. Of his role in running the club, Kimmel says, “I’m Janitor, No. 1.”

Always with the jokes, even after a long break at the club which didn’t make people laugh. Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club reopened at Linq Promenade, with Kimmel in town this weekend to punctuate the club’s relaunch. Veteran comedic actor Craig Shoemaker headlined Friday through Sunday, with the ever-effervescent Luenell performing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday, after Shoemaker.

Kimmel’s club was largely latent after it closed to paid shows in March 2020. During the pandemic shutdown and reopening, the 8,000-square-foot, 300-seat venue had hosted private events and functions such as Covid 19 vaccination campaigns.

The word around the comedy scene was JKCC, a favorite among Vegas comics for its prime location and strong notoriety, may not reopen for shows.

But the club reverted to its previous format as Pompey Entertainment’s Damian Costa and Nick Cordaro stepped in to resume operations. The management change evolved when Eldorado Resorts bought Caesars Entertainment and now owns Linq Promenade. Lots of moving parts, in other words.

“We had to figure out some things because Caesars Palace changed hands and we were part of their empire,” said Kimmel, a proud Clark High School graduate. “Now we are still part of their empire, but more independent.”

More from our chat, shortly before Clark County Commissioner Tick Segerblom hands over the key to the Las Vegas Strip to Kimmel:

He can’t wait to return to host his third Oscars TV show. “I actually thought people would say, ‘He’s done it twice already. We do not care? Sufficient!’ But it’s been pretty positive, and I hope it’s going to be positive going forward,” Kimmel says. “It’s really a thankless job. If you’re doing really well, you might get a little nod. If you slip even slightly, God help you. But as you get older, you learn to ignore that stuff.

He pretends not to know Will Smith-Chris Rock Incident at the Oscars: “What happened? Was someone slapped? Was it at an after party?” Kimmel said. “I didn’t watch the incident. I didn’t see it. But I’m sorry. to hear that. We slept through it.

JKCC Comics will appear remotely on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” It was an original concept, with great potential, after the club opened in June 2019. “We’ll do it, it’s quite simple, just plug in a satellite or an ISDN line and I say, ‘Here they are!’ “said Kimmel. “Stand-up comedy on talk shows is kind of weird, it’s not necessarily natural for comics, and I like that environment.”

The fact that “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” didn’t come back to stream from Vegas, that’s okay: It may be more of a personal concern, but Kimmel has streamed from Brooklyn — her hometown before Vegas — six times, most recently in September. The show originated in Las Vegas once, from the Zappos Theater in April 2019. “The answer is boring,” he says. “It’s about how much it costs and the difference between getting a good rating in New York… There are more people in New York, a lot more eyeballs.”

He and Adam Carolla once cast a movie called “Kill Gallagher”: It comes when I ask Kimmel what he thinks of Gallagher died Friday morning. “It was about 25 years ago, it was a funny movie,” Kimmel says. “But we were going to these meetings with executives, and I was in my thirties, and these executives were sitting there and they were like, ‘OK, so who is Gallagher? And then Adam would totally lose his temper. ‘Wait a minute! Are you a comedy director and you don’t know who Gallagher is? Eventually, we would be escorted.

He turns 55 on Sunday: And Kimmel celebrates by matching $55,000 in donations in support of the ALS Association Nevada Chapter Vegas Walk at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Craig Ranch Park. Kimmel is appearing on behalf of Joey Porrello, diagnosed with ALS in May at the age of 28. Porrello is Kimmel’s godson and Kimmel is a close family friend (details on the organization and Vegas Walk are @ALSA_Nevada).

He lost a large part of his audience by skewering Donald Trump: This month, Kimmel told “Naked Lunch” hosts David Wild and Phil Rosenthal that he had lost at least half of his ABC fanbase to his continued attacks on Trump. He also said he told ABC executives he wouldn’t do the show if he was asked to stop the Trump jokes.

I ask Kimmel if he would have had the autonomy early in his career to make a certain decision to cost ABC late-night ratings. “I don’t know, that’s a good question. It’s just a different world now,” he says. “You can’t compare anything to what’s happening right now. It’s not a cyclical thing, you know, it’s not something that happens every nine years like a cicada infestation. It’s that crazy things are happening. I do a program on what is happening in the world and in the country, every night. How do you not talk about this stuff? »

John Katsilometes’ column airs daily in Section A. His “PodKats!” the podcast is available on reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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