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While Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been known to engage celebrities in a game or two in the past, ABC’s late night program is not as known for goofy games as, say, Jimmy Fallon. This week, Kimmel brought on comedian and actor Bob Odenkirk, and the two engaged in a funny sketch that poked fun at Jimmy Fallon, Heather Graham, and the nature of games on the late night circuit. Check out the really funny bit, below.
In the video, Bob Odenkirk is just lounging in a chair, minding his own business when Jimmy Kimmel throws a curveball at him: the late night host wants him to play a game. The game is about as outlandish as you might expect. It’s called heatherball, which at first I assumed was a reference to the cult 80s hit Heathers but then realized referred to a tetherball game with Heather Graham’s likeness plastered onto the ball. Odenkirk exclaims over and over again that he just “wants to talk,” but Kimmel is insistent that his prop guys worked hard to put the game together and that they play. At one point, Odenkirk takes the joke even further by “calling” his publicist Michelle to complain about not wanting to play games. It’s hilarious, and possibly the funniest thing we’ve seen on late night in a long time.
Kimmel’s made a name for himself by featuring more mean-spirited humor, including “Liewitness News” and the kids Halloween candy sketches, but while this segment totally poked a little bit of fun at Jimmy Fallon and late night games in general, it wasn’t a direct attack or anything, so the sketch came off incredibly well. It helped that the game was so over-the-top. I mean, seriously, look at this heatherball court.
There are a lot of different types of late night hosts because there are a lot of different types of people who are looking for different things from those hosts. There’s definitely room for Jimmy Fallon to play “Box of Lies,” just as there is room for Jimmy Kimmel to poke fun at the whole concept of goofy games instead of actually sitting down and talking with celebrities. In just a few more days, we’ll also be able to see what new late night host Stephen Colbert brings to the table. I can’t wait.
In the meantime, you can catch Jimmy Kimmel Live! on weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET, only on ABC.