Jimmy Kimmel Live’s Brooklyn lineup may be its best ever

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Television host Jimmy Kimmel appears during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 20: Television host Jimmy Kimmel appears during TIDAL X: 1020 Amplified by HTC at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on October 20, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIDAL) /

Jimmy Kimmel Live! arrives in Brooklyn this week and brings one of the best guest lineups in the show’s history.

It is a special week for Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Starting tonight, the ABC late night show kicks off its week of shows from Brooklyn in another installment of its yearly tradition. This year’s lineup of guests could be on of the best fans have seen in late night if not in the history of Kimmel in Brooklyn.

Jimmy Kimmel Live! has been airing a week of shows from the Brooklyn Academy of Music for close to a decade at this point. The shows are routinely some of the best of the year for Kimmel and feature some incredibly talented and popular guests.

2012 was perhaps the closest year to what fans will see this week. Back then, Kimmel welcomed David Letterman, Chris Rock, Stephen Colbert, and Jon Stewart to the show.

This week will feature a wide range of guests from music, television, movies, and politics. It is a fine reflection of where late night television and where Jimmy Kimmel Live! is in 2019.

Kimmel is coming off a week in which his show was the lone network late night show airing new episodes. The comedian delivered, thanks in part to an ongoing meltdown from President Donald Trump and a month’s worth of material coming out in the span of four days.

The show will certainly build off that momentum with the Brooklyn shows. In addition to the incredible guest lineup, these shows usually feature some quality remote segments or prerecorded bits that are popular with fans.

But the guests will be the main attraction. Here’s a breakdown of who you can see on Jimmy Kimmel Live! this week.


The show starts off with two music legends. On Oct. 21, Bruce Springsteen and Alicia Keys visit Kimmel in Brooklyn.

At 70, Springsteen is still going strong. His 19th studio album Western Stars was released back in June. A film to accompany the album came out last month. The singer recently surprised an audience watching the documentary in his New Jersey hometown.

2019 has also been a big year for Alicia Keys. The singer started off the year by hosting the Grammys. In Sept. she released the single Show Me Love which will be on her upcoming seventh studio album. Keys also has some history with the Brooklyn Academy of Music. She filmed a performance for MTV Unplugged there in 2005.


Benedict Cumberbatch will be the lead guest on Tuesday, Oct. 22. The actor has a few upcoming projects to promote and Jimmy Kimmel Live! is the place to do it.

His film The Current War is set to get its U.S. release on Oct. 25. Cumberbatch plays Thomas Edison opposite Michael Shannon’s George Westinghouse. The film also features Cumberbatch’s Marvel Cinematic Universe co-star Tom Holland.

Cumberbatch will also be seen in 1917, director Sam Mendes’ film about two British soldiers on a dangerous mission in World War I. That movie hits theaters on Christmas.

It is also impossible for Cumberbatch to come on ABC and not talk about his role as Doctor Strange. He won’t be able to say much, if anything, but expect Kimmel to at least ask Cumberbatch about Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.


On Oct. 23, Kimmel will really show off with two guests that will make headlines. Senator Bernie Sanders and Bill Murray are scheduled to appear.

A Brooklyn native, Sanders will enjoy something of a homecoming when he visits with Kimmel. The two will probably share stories about growing up in Brooklyn before turning the attention to President Trump and the 2020 election.

Bill Murray may be the most elusive man in Hollywood. Getting him to read a script or talk about a project is legendarily difficult. Getting him on a late night talk show has prove to be just as difficult.

Murray is credited with a cameo in Zombieland: Double Tap which was released on Oct. 18. The actor also is set to appear in Ghostbusters 2020, a direct sequel to the original two Ghostbuster films. That movie also stars Paul Rudd, who told Kimmel that production recently wrapped.

Murray may have a Ghostbusters tease or maybe not. But even if he had nothing to promote or show off, the comedian is worth tuning in to watch no matter what.


Thursday will be a must-watch episode for comedy fans. Eddie Murphy comes to Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Oct. 24.

Murphy has been finding his way back towards the spotlight for a little bit now. He was in the latest season of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. And it was announced that he will return to Saturday Night Live to host in what may be the show’s highest rated episode of the season.

Before that, Murphy will release his Netflix movie Dolemite is My Name on the same day he appears on Kimmel. The movie is a comedy/biography film in which Murphy plays director and actor Rudy Roy Moore.

Murphy was also born in Brooklyn so it will be another star coming home. The comedian grew up in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, less than five miles away from the Brooklyn Academy of Music where Kimmel will be filming his shows.


The week wraps up with one of Jimmy Kimmel’s favorite guests. John Kransinski comes to the show on Oct. 25.

Kimmel and Krasinski have a friendship that began when the two were neighbors. It turned into a full-blown prank war each Christmas that was documented on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Krasinski will have a lot to talk about when he shows up on Kimmel. He recently finished filming A Quiet Place: Part II which he again wrote, directed, and stars in along with his wife Emily Blunt. That move is set for a March 20, 2020 release.

In the meantime, fans can see the former Office star reprise his role as Jack Ryan in the Amazon series Jack Ryan. Season two will be released on Nov. 1, 2019.

Kimmel will then say goodbye to Brooklyn with a performance by The Sugarhill Gang. The rap music legends will be on hand to celebrate the 40th anniversary of their 1979 hit Rapper’s Delight.

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Jimmy Kimmel Live! airs on ABC at 11:35 PM ET. Who are you most excited to see among Kimmel’s Brooklyn guests? Let us know in the comment section and be sure to check Last Night On for all the highlights.