Jimmy Kimmel invents new slang with help from an audience member

Jimmy Kimmel (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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A chance conversation with a member of the audience led Jimmy Kimmel to coin a new phrase.

There certainly is a lot of luck and timing that goes in to comedy. Jimmy Kimmel benefited from both recently when he decided to chat with an audience member before a taping of Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

It is not uncommon for Kimmel or any late night television host to chat with the audience during the commercial break or before a taping begins. It’s part of what makes going to a recording so much more of an experience than just watching at home.

And as late night shows have worked to expand their YouTube and other social media channels, fans have been treated to more and more of these interactions. We’ve seen it with The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon among others.

But nobody seems to put out more footage or be better at these audience conversations than Jimmy Kimmel. The clips always showcase how naturally funny Kimmel can be as well as how quick he can be with a one-liner. That isn’t too surprising for fans who have seen Kimmel develop into one of the best interviewers on television.

The most recent example from Jimmy Kimmel Live! proves all of that and more. Watch as Kimmel starts a chat with a random audience member that covers everything from Djibouti to a new euphemism for white people.

The chat between Kimmel and his audience member would have been entertaining enough just hearing the comedian try to keep up with all the people and countries mentioned. It also gave Kimmel another chance to plug his newfound fascination with the town of Dildo.

But it’s when talk of Kellogs and Battle Creek enter the conversation that things start to really go off the rails. Kimmel tries to make another “corny” joke about noticing a lot of cereal. But clearly something is lost in translation as the audience member admits that he got special attention from the all-white wedding guests.

A quick scan of Urban Dictionary doesn’t show any definitions for cornflakes that match up with white people. It’s safe to say that Jimmy Kimmel and his new friend from Djibouti have invented a new term.

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Hopefully we get more and more content like this from Jimmy Kimmel Live! and other late night shows. And knowing how much Jimmy Kimmel likes to keep in touch with the interesting characters he meets, don’t be surprised if he calls up this audience member in the future.