SXSW scene report: Kimmel’s first Austin show goes off without a hitch

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The 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' set (Gary Dinges photo)

One down, four more to go.

ABC host Jimmy Kimmel, whose late-night show will broadcast from the Long Center for the Performing Arts this week, taped the first of five episodes Monday afternoon.

Tonight’s show, which airs at 10:35 p.m. on KVUE, features comedian Kevin Hart and country musician Brad Paisley.

This is the second year “Jimmy Kimmel Live” has originated from Austin during South by Southwest. Near the top of the show, Kimmel promised the audience, “No brisket will go unsmoked, no queso will go undipped and no horns will go unhooked” during his time here.

Kimmel, who has praised the city’s food scene on numerous occasions, recited a long list of restaurants where he and his crew have dined since arriving here Friday, including Perla’s, Olamaie and Chez Zee. There are many more they’d still like to check out, Kimmel said.

The 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' set (Gary Dinges photo)

The ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ set (Gary Dinges photo)

Like last year, the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” set features neon signs from a host of Austin businesses, past and present, including Sexy Scissors, the Broken Spoke, Alamo Drafthouse, Magnolia Café and Lucy’s Fried Chicken.

Another uniquely Austin touch: University of Texas cheerleaders escorted Hart on stage, in addition to popping up at other times during the broadcast.

Also on Monday’s show, Kimmel and pal Matthew McConaughey unveiled a trio of commercials they’d created for Vulcan Video, the local business that won an online contest.

The ads poked fun at streaming videos and gave a nod to Vulcan’s large assortment of obscure DVDs and, yes, VHS tapes, with McConaughey at one point proclaiming, “Quit streaming, start dreaming.”

About 800 people were on hand for the taping, with many lining up hours in advance to get the best seats. Tickets for the entire week have already been distributed.

Guests later this week include Julia Louis Dreyfus, Kanye West and the cast of “The Walking Dead.”


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