Gary Oldman Reads A Jersey Shore Synopsis On Jimmy Kimmel Live
Author: Jesse Carp
published: 2012-02-03 16:07:07
Jimmy Kimmel Live has the best online presence of any of the late-night talk show hosts. It's no coincidence that he's become such a big hit online because his sketches and skits are perfectly suited for the virality of the internet. We've already shared a few of his more popular and hilarious videos - like parents giving their kids horrible Christmas gifts or him parodying the new, and sadly real, musical chairs reality show Oh Sit! with Duck You! - but this one might take the cake. Combining Academy Award nominee Gary Oldman and MTV's The Jersey Shore, priceless.
This isn't exactly an original idea since there are many videos of esteemed actors reading less than prestigious material (Christopher Walken reading Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" instantly comes to mind) but since Oldman is so great - even down to the perfectly selected wardrobe - and the Jersey Shore synopsis is so ridiculous it is definitely worth the watch. It's incredibly sad that a program with that synopsis not only airs but garners a lot of viewers, so anyway to highlight its degrading absurdity is good by me. And it's also good for a few chuckles, which is always a good enough reason to watch.
As much as I deplore the MTV series and any other program that actively strives to reach the bottom, without them there would be a lot less fodder for pop culture satirists like Kimmel or The Daily Show's Jon Stewart or Saturday Night Live, so I guess that's the silver lining. Oh, and this cloud is so crappy that even the Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey won't allow Snooki and JWoww to spin-off a series in his town. "Hoboken, no jokin'." Sorry, been wanting to make that Nick and Nora reference since I saw that story. Either way, good on Kimmel for continuing to skewer the lowest common denominator and especially good on Oldman for joining in on the fun. "The show sounds, like, kind of stupid when you hear it like that right?"
Jimmy Kimmel Live airs every night at 12 a.m. ET on ABC. You can also keep up with his best gags and guests on his YouTube channel.
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