Late night host, friend of the Stern Show, and emcee of the 2014 Birthday Bash (and so much more) Jimmy Kimmel arrived early in the morning to sit in on the show for the day while he's in town doing "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" from Brooklyn all week.
The first thing everyone noticed was Jimmy's new facial hair. "Is this because you idolize Letterman?" Howard prodded before dubbing him the "Lincoln of Late Night."
Howard and Jimmy also rehashed the debacle of almost going to see "Hamilton" with Beth and Molly until Oprah (or someone, Jimmy wasn't really sure) slipped in and snatched their tickets. Jimmy did say that while he did want to see "Hamilton," he recently saw "The Book of Mormon" and thinks Howard would like that a lot more. "I studied you like Jane Goodall and her chimps," he told Howard.
Meanwhile, Howard was more interested in the fact that Jimmy took Bill Murray to a baseball game since Bill didn't show up to the Stern Show yesterday. Jimmy said Bill, who is infamously hard to get a hold of, didn't even know he was supposed to show up. Instead of working with publicists, Jimmy said he snagged Bill's cell phone number after they bonded in Austin one time, so he just texts him directly. He conceded that if it weren't a Cubs playoff game, Bill probably wouldn't have shown up though.
More importantly, Kimmel threw out the first pitch at the game and added another level of shame to Gary's disastrous pitch.
Jimmy Takes The Blind Coffee Taste Test
After months of debate over which coffee brand reigns superior (with Howard choosing Starbucks in a blind taste test in September), Jimmy wanted to voice his opposition to the official findings. "This is going to be one of those things that we go through, like the Apple computers and the iPad, where you resist, resist, resist, and then in three years you'll announce that you've discovered something that everybody discovered four years ago," Jimmy shot at Howard.
Before getting to the studio this morning, Jimmy stopped at Pret a Manger to get coffee and maintained that since they don't have Dunkin' Donuts in LA, he usually goes independent. During the break we set up a blind taste test for Kimmel as Howard didn't believe he could taste the difference.
After tasting each of the three samples, Jimmy placed them in his preferred order and it turned out he wasn't full of crap: Pret a Manger, Dunkin' Donuts, and finally Starbucks.
Speaking of Jimmy's food and drink preferences, Howard pushed him to talk about a bizarre dietary fad he's taken to where he basically fasts two days out of the week (Mondays and Thursdays), eating under 500 calories both of those days and then eating normally for the rest of the week.