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New skit on Jimmy Kimmel and media response
  • The skit Matt filmed on 1 November last year with Sarah Silverman at the Delano Hotel in Miami for Jimmy Kimmel's show aired yesterday. The full clip (language warning) is available at Sarah Silverman Online or YouTube, including the introduction and ending, with two stills below.

    Photos from the making of the video are now at Flickr (by WMLA). And Jimmy Kimmel released a statement to Us online:

    So what does Kimmel make of the footage?

    "I hope they’re happy together!" he tells Usmagazine.com in a statement.

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  • Update: The video will be shown again on Friday's show - a report on how the clip spread across the web and mainstream media is here:

    Damon-Silverman Video Catches Fire, Gets Second Airing on Kimmel

    A secret music video featuring Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon that was unveiled on Thursday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live fifth anniversary show is getting so much viral buzz that the show decided to air it once again on Friday night’s show.

    "This video proves how hard Sarah, Matt and our staff had to work to answer the age-old question, 'What do you give a late night talk show host who has everything?'" joked Jimmy Kimmel Live executive producer Jill Leiderman in an e-mail.

    The video, in which Silverman (Kimmel’s real-life girlfriend) and Damon say they are having an affair (though in slightly more graphic terms with heavy bleeping), exploded all over the web Friday.

    And the entertainment news media jumped on board as well, with the video set to be featured on Entertainment Tonight, Access Hollywood, Extra and E! News.

    As the viral buzz spread, it was prominently displayed on sites ranging from TMZ to Defamer to the Huffington Post, as well as the online versions of VH1 and People magazine.

    The video was originally supposed to air on a planned 40th birthday show for Kimmel that was cancelled due to the writers strike (it was written and shot pre-strike). Instead it aired Thursday night on the show celebrating Jimmy Kimmel Live’s fifth anniversary. It was set up as a "surprise" for Kimmel from Silverman.
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    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 07:42 am (UTC) (Link)
    That is so funny! Have just sprayed my breakfast over my laptop. Thanks Felicity! Jan
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 1st, 2008 08:37 am (UTC) (Link)
    It's very funny. And before anyone gets upset, the skit was filmed just prior to the writer's strike being announced.

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 12:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Very Funny! Thanks!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Absolutely hilarious!! I have been waiting for it to air!

    Thanks! -Jess
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 04:04 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Love HIM!

    Hottest guy ever! LOVE YOU MATTHEW!
    From: bmcampbe Date: February 1st, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Hilarious! I wish I was F****** Matt Damon!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC) (Link)

    The Matt Damon song

    That is just about the funniest thing I have ever seen. A classic!

    Matt one-ups Kimmel for all time. And he can really sing!

    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 06:05 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Matt Damon song

    See him sing more on season four of Will & Grace; you should be able to rent it on DVD from you local video store, and for sure from Netflix. Also very funny, that one!
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2008 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: The Matt Damon song

    And the partial song from HMS Pinafore (as Buttercup) in The Good Shepherd.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 05:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
    That is hilarious! He has such a good sense of humor. And Lucy sure is a good sport to go along with it!

    - Mary
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 1st, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
    OMG that was so funny!!! You could see that he was struggling not to laugh all the time :-)) I for sure couldn't stop laughing.
    And, "we're running out of time, Kimmel!" Classic.

    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 1st, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Gosh, I hate to be the wet blanket here, but...he looked awful. I've never seen him look so terrible. I mean, besides the fact that I didn't think it was all that funny, I couldn't get over the fact that face looked so pale & sickly. Seriously, I hate to be the odd one out here, but I don't think I've ever seen him look so bad.
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 1st, 2008 11:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I thought he looked great.

    As posted on the main update, 'making-of' photos from the rap scene are now at flickr:
    From: sunnysanstar Date: February 2nd, 2008 01:23 am (UTC) (Link)
    Aah, well maybe it's the grainy footage on youtube, or bad lighting, or something. His face just didn't look...right. The bod was still tops though. I don't know why he says he lets himself go in between Bourne films; he never looks it.
    homelessdog From: homelessdog Date: February 1st, 2008 11:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
    I thought he looked amazing. Absolutely hilarious skit! Best youtube video ever.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2008 01:19 am (UTC) (Link)

    Sara Video

    HILARIOUS!! That video is laugh out loud funny...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2008 02:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    i love that!

    hahahahahahahaha!i love him soooooo much!

    i wonder what matts mom,dad,brother and WIFE hinks about that!

    god bless ya matt!
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2008 03:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
    OK, I wasn't going to say anything, but I just had to comment.

    I was going to watch it at work during my lunch break, but got too busy and forgot about it. We watched it last night and I have to say, we nearly wet ourselves laughing, it's the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life! He has got the best sense of humour, I can't think of any other $20 million a movie A-lister sending themselves up like this.

    I'm now going to sit back and wait for the tabloid headlines of Matt cheating on his wife with Sarah Silverman. Marcia
    jeka_ooie From: jeka_ooie Date: February 2nd, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
    Thanks for posting this, great work as usual!

    I love Matt's sense of humour :) If only more celebrities could take themselves less seriously like Matt...
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Matt is absolutely gorgeous.

    Love him. Just love him. He's wicked smart, funny and he's got a lot of heart. There's nothing hotter in a guy. I wish I was f****** Matt Damon. Lucy bagged a good one.
    From: annej1 Date: February 2nd, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

    completely funny!

    Thank you for the post. I love it! Matt is 'real people' and I don't know what it is about him that keeps him so grounded, but I hope he never loses it. He had to have had a strong sense of who is prior to making it big or fame would just change him (like it has many others). My kids (school teacher here) talk about different actors and what is soooo cool about them etc... They say the same things about Matt that we do. It's kinda neat to hear them talk about his talent and genuineness. Many want to be like him too. They want to do good work and help people - just like Matt.
    One day I am going to meet him. That is one of my many wishes in life. I just hope that when I do, I can say more than, 'do you know who you are'? -LOL-
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 2nd, 2008 10:31 pm (UTC) (Link)

    Re: completely funny!

    Thanks for writing. I'm pleased your students have recognised Matt's qualities - it gives me a little more hope for the younger generation.
    From: (Anonymous) Date: February 3rd, 2008 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)

    Matt Damon and Sarah Silverman Video

    Okay, while not liking the crudity of the language in the video, I have to say it was pretty funny. Having Matt refer to himself in the third person was very, very silly, and it made me laugh out loud. Do you think this a sort of a sly reference to the parody of him in the "South Park" movie? Glad he's able not to take himself too seriously! -- By the way, thanks for the continuiing great job on the website. Take care, Cheryl
    mattdamoncolumn From: mattdamoncolumn Date: February 3rd, 2008 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)

    Re: Matt Damon and Sarah Silverman Video

    Thanks Cheryl. If anything, it appears to be a parody of "Scotty doesn't know" from Eurotrip.
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