The last time Jimmy Kimmel hosted the Emmys, America was in the grips of a polarizing election cycle. Here we are, four years later, and it feels a little bit like deja vu. Once again, the country is gearing up for a kooky campaign season … but the current battle between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton makes the 2012 face-off between Mitt and Barack feel way more tame than we remember it.
We’re just days away from the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards and Kimmel is once again gearing up to take the stage. A lot has changed in the past four years which makes us wonder if the late night host might dip into some previously used jokes for the occasion.
Let’s take a look back at his best bits from 2012 that could still work on Sunday (Sept. 18).
His opening sketch
In 2012, Kimmel opened the show with a sketch featuring the likes of Zooey Deschanel, Mindy Kaling and Christina Hendricks getting ready for the show, practicing their surprised expressions in case they won. Putting an odd spin on Hollywood’s continually popular botox fad, Kimmel ended up being the victim the procedure gone horribly wrong.
If he were to recycle this bathroom-themed sketch for Sunday’s show … dare we suggest get puts a different spin on things? Instead of playing it safe, why not put a transgender spin on things and present Caitlyn Jenner and Maura Pfefferman (Jeffrey Tambor) practicing their surprised faces the ladies room?
It’s a political season, might as well come out swinging.
Jimmy calls out the Republicans … again
In his opening monologue, Kimmel asked who in attendance was planning on voting for Mitt Romney. It’d be interesting to see what sort of response he gets this time around as he presents the same question … about Donald Trump. We’re half expecting him to call everyone in the room “Godless Liberal homosexuals” again.
Four years ago, Kimmel turned the In Memoriam segment on its head. Instead of hitting audiences with a somber montage of those who died, he presented a collection of clips celebrating himself. With Josh Groban on piano, it was a nice light-hearted way to distract everyone from, well, death. Not only should he revisit this concept on Sunday, but Matt Damon should totally hijack it to renew their feud once more.