Monday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! was a star-studded affair, with big-name celebs showing up to celebrate birthday boy Jimmy Kimmel. Stars including Ben Affleck, Adam Sandler and George Clooney stopped by to celebrate the late-night host’s 50th birthday and prove that while Kimmel may be a funnyman himself, he’s not safe from being the subject of their comedic banter.
“My co-workers have been planning this for months. They keep giggling and whispering behind my back,” Kimmel told the audience prior to the show’s festivities. “It made me think — this must be what it’s like to be President Trump at the White House.”
As a homage to his childhood, Affleck surprised Kimmel with a visit from J.J. Abrams as the director showcased a comic book Kimmel drew, dubbed The Terrific Ten.
“The characters, they really spoke to me. And they demanded to be brought to life,” Abrams told Kimmel before introducing a trailer he created of the quirky comic book.
Kimmel’s words narrated the reel as stars dressed as the superheroes he created, including Muscle Man (Affleck), Super Duck (Zach Galifianakis), Color Kid (Billy Crudup), Spire: God of Weapons (Shaquille O’Neal), Mirgiv (Ty Burrell), Meinstrom (Will Arnett), Bendolite (Jason Bateman), Lucky Lad (Jon Hamm), Super Sal (Cousin Sal) and Laser Lass (Jennifer Aniston).
In the faux trailer, the superstar superheroes prepare for battle but are surprised when they discover that the villain, Mr. Bolt, is none other than Kimmel’s infamous mock nemesis — Matt Damon. Damon’s Mr. Bolt threatens to press a button that could “destroy the entire Earth” and introduces the “terrible” of the Terrible Ten, known as Bleach Master (Wanda Sykes).
After Affleck’s Muscle Man mocks her powers, the superheroes begin bantering about their respective special abilities, which they realize aren’t that great. Despite being in character, Damon couldn’t help but take a jab at Kimmel, contining their faux feud: “We all suck. You know why? Because we were created by a weird, sad kid who grew to later become a weird, fat man. F—k Kimmel,” Damon joked.
Kimmel is known for having celebrities read mean tweets about themselves, but the tables were turned on him as stars including Kim Kardashian West, David Letterman and Amy Schumer read harsh tweets written about the late-night host.
“@jimmykimmel, you still look like a potato. Now you’re just a hairy potato. So, you’re extra gross,” Schumer read. Larry David had difficulty reading through his laughter as he read, “This is going to sound fantastic, but I forgot Jimmy Kimmel’s name so I googled ‘Ugly late-night talk show host’ and I got him top link.”
Kardashian West continued Kimmel’s notorious feud with her rapper husband, Kanye West, as she read a tweet from her husband. “JIMMY KIMMEL PUT YOURSELF IN MY SHOES…OH NO THAT MEANS YOU WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TOO MUCH GOOD P**Y IN YOUR LIFE,” she read aloud, adding, “Fair point, Kanye.”
Letterman couldn’t help but be the subject of his own mean tweet as he read, “Jimmy Kimmel is not funny. Neither is David Letterman.”
Clooney joined in on the fun by narrating a montage that provided a retrospective of Kimmel’s life, titled “50, Fierce & Fabulous.” The comedic reel featured video recordings from Kimmel’s childhood, photographs and interviews with Kimmel’s friends and colleagues.
“Jimmy’s infatuation with David Letterman was boundless and borderline psychotic,” Clooney said as he attempted to detail the host’s road to stardom.
The montage featured various jabs at the host, such as, “Jimmy put the ‘ate’ in late-night,” after Clooney commented on Kimmel’s former weight and Adam Carolla jokingly revealed he met Kimmel at a gay bar.
“Jimmy Kimmel. Man, mensch, meatball enthusiast. Here’s to looking at the next 50 years, Jimmy. From the home-shopping network, I’m George Clooney,” the actor said as he carried a cardboard cutout of the late-night host.