Late night host Jimmy Kimmel will be produce and be featured in a fifth season of Crank Yankers.
Jimmy Kimmel is helping to bring a fan favorite show back to television. Crank Yankers will be back on television for the first time since 2007.
Crank Yankers, in which prank phone calls made by comedians and actors are acted out by puppets, debuted on Comedy Central in 2002. It was created by Jimmy Kimmel, his brother Jonathan Kimmel, Adam Carrolla, and Daniel Kellison.
Kimmel announced back in February that Crank Yankers would be returning. Now we have much more details on the new season courtesy of Comedy Central.
Jonathan Kimmel will be the showrunner and executive producer after the network ordered 20 30-minute episodes. The show is produced by Jimmy Kimmel’s production company Kimmelot.
Popular puppets from the original run of the series are slated to return. That means that fans will once again get to see Spoonie Luv, Elmer Higgins, Niles Standis, and more.
Kimmel is also bringing in a lot of big name celebrities to help make the prank phone calls behind Crank Yankers. Names set to be featured include Tracy Morgan, Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish, and Nick Kroll.
Season five will debut on Wednesday Sept. 25 at 10:30 PM. The show will be following the season premiere of South Park so there will no doubt be a big audience already tuned in to Comedy Central.
The return of Crank Yankers marks another move Jimmy Kimmel has made outside of his late night show. A new contract with ABC may have taken away any stress and helped motivate Kimmel to branch out with Kimmelot. But the late night host also recently opened up Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas.
Fans should expect some Crank Yankers promotion on Jimmy Kimmel Live! as we get closer to Sept. 25. Adam Carrolla is pretty much a guaranteed guest and Sarah Silverman is another likely option to help Kimmel plug the show.