Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of the five-time Emmy Award-nominated Jimmy Kimmel Live, ABC's longest-running late-night talk show. Now in its fifteenth season, Jimmy Kimmel Live produces some of the most popular comedy bits in late night and features a diverse lineup of guests including actors, musicians, athletes, comedians, authors, politicians, newsmakers and the occasional random weirdo. Kimmel's monologue skewers pop culture and up-to-the minute news. Jimmy Kimmel Live airs weeknights at 11:35/ 10:35 PM CT, broadcasting from Disney's El Capitan Entertainment Center in Hollywood.

In addition to the nightly show, annual specials like Jimmy Kimmel Live: After The Oscars and Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night are well-known for their all-star comedy videos. Videos including "I'm F**king Matt Damon," "I'm F**king Ben Affleck," "The Handsome Men's Club," "Movie: The  Movie"  and "Movie: The Movie, 2V" have become hugely popular on television and online.

Outside of his Jimmy Kimmel Live duties, Kimmel has hosted some of the biggest events and moments in pop culture. Most recently, Kimmel could be seen as host of the Oscars, a role for which he received much critical acclaim. He will return as host of next year's Oscars on March 4'", 2018. The move marks the first time the Academy Awards telecast will have the same host two years in a row since the 1990s. Previously, Kimmel hosted both the 64'" and 68'" Annual Primetime Emmy Awards as well as the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington D.C.

After twelve years in morning radio, Kimmel got his start in television as co-host of Win Ben Stein's Monry on Comedy Central, for which he won an Emmy for Best Game Show Host in 1999. Kimmel co-hosted, co-created and executive produced 100 episodes of The Man Show for Comedy Central. Kimmel served for four seasons as on-air prognosticator for Fox NFL Sundqy; co-created, executive­ produced, and co-starred in Crank Yankers for Comedy Central/MTV; and co-created and executive­ produced The Andy Milonakis Show for MTV and MTV2.


Shonda Rhimes

Writer and Producer

Founder of Shondaland, which brings the world "Grey's Anatomy", "Scandal”, “How to Get Away with Murder” and the upcoming “For the People” and “Untitled Grey’s Anatomy Spinoff.” For her collective works, Rhimes is the recipient of many awards including a Golden Globe, the Peabody Award as well as lifetime achievement awards from the Directors Guild of America, the Writers Guild and the Producers Guild among others. She’s also a National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee. Rhimes serves as Creative Director for Dove’s #RealBeauty campaign. She partnered with Pilot Pen to award G2 Overachievers Grant to community heroes. In 2015, Rhimes released the instant New York Times best seller “Year of Yes” from Simon & Schuster. Her course on TV writing is a top draw. In 2017, Rhimes launched, a digital storytelling platform focused on life, not lifestyle.

Mark Bradford


Artist Mark Bradford was presented with the US State Department Medal of Arts in 2015 and in 2013 he was elected as a National Academician by the National Academy Museum and School of Fine Arts in New York. Bradford is also a recipient of David C. Driskell Prize (2016); the McArthur Fellowship (2009); the Wexner Center Residency Award (2009) and the Bucksbaum Award, granted by The Whitney Museum of American Art (2006). In November 2017, Bradford will present 'Pickett's Charge', a monumental commissioned cyclorama of paintings at the Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.

Special Guests

Lawrence O’Donnell

Writer and Producer

Lawrence O'Donell hosts "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donell" at 10pm on MSNBC. Each night, O'Donell relies on his extraordinary background in politics, entertainment, and news to provide the last word on the biggest issues and most compelling stories of the day.

Jermaine Fowler

Writer and Producer

One of Hollywood’s fastest rising young talents, Jermaine Fowler both stars in and is an executive producer of “Superior Donuts”. Raised in Hyattsville, Md., Fowler began performing stand-up in 2006 while still in high school. On his 20th birthday, he boarded a Megabus and moved to New York City with three pieces of luggage and a dream. As a stand-up comic, he has toured nationally with College Humor and Comedy Central on Campus. Also, he was one half of the sketch group BodegaCat Sanchez, alongside Kevin Barnett. In 2012 Fowler was selected as one of Variety’s “New Faces” at the prestigious Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

Suzanne Boda

Senior Vice President, American Airlines