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artisanal film reviews | by maryann johanson

question of the day: Jimmy Kimmell live via webcam: surprise success, or should he keep his day job?

I don’t watch Jimmy Kimmel Live, but I’m wildly intrigued by the episode that aired last night (which I only just heard about this morning). When Kimmel’s studio lost partial power on Monday night, laying low cameras and the control room, he turned on his laptop, fired up his webcam, and, as Dave Itzkoff at The New York Times says, “becom[e] director, cameraman and lighting designer for the night.”

After the jump, watch one segment, with guest Seth Rogen (talking about The Green Hornet):

Ken Tucker at EW.com calls the webcam episode “electrically energetic,” and I agree: this is refreshingly unpolished and charmingly do-it-yourself. Kimmel should do one episode a week like this.

Links to YouTube clips of the rest of the show are here — including one in which musical guest Dierks Bentley performs acoustically.

What do you think? Jimmy Kimmell live via webcam: surprise success, or should he keep his day job?

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