By Carson Blackwelder
This Sunday, late-night anchor Jimmy Kimmel will step into the Emmy spotlight at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Making his Emmy host debut, Kimmel will move from the audience to the stage, as his ABC show Jimmy Kimmel Live! has won three Emmys and is nominated this year for Outstanding Variety Series.
Aside from his late-night series, Kimmel is most known being the funny co-host of Comedy Central’s The Man Show with Adam Carolla from 1999 to 2003. In April, he hosted the prestigious White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
Kimmel is joining the ranks of some of the most popular (and unpopular) hosts in Emmy history. Some of the more revered hosts include Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (1952), Johnny Carson (1971-74) and Neil Patrick Harris (2009). But let’s get real: As long as it’s better than the reality show hosts in 2008, featuring Tom Bergeron, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel, Jeff Probst and Ryan Seacrest, then it will be a hit. The last time ABC hosted the Emmys was in 2008, and it was terrible. Since then, Harris emceed for CBS, Jimmy Fallon hosted for NBC in 2010 and Jane Lynch led the ceremony for Fox in 2011 — I’m positive Kimmel can live up to the last few years of hosts.
The show will air live from the Nokia Theater at L.A. Live in Los Angeles, and it’s sure to be a jazzy show. With Kimmel as a host, here are five things to look out for: