• Jimmy Kimmel to open Las Vegas comedy club; will let ‘audience decide’ who is welcome

    ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel is set to open his own comedy club on the Las Vegas Strip. The club is the product of a partnership with Caesars Entertainment Corporation, which approached Kimmel a year ago about the project. The 300-seat, 2-story venue will be sited directly across the street from Caesars Palace. Kimmel has also been toying with the idea of linking the club with his eponymous ABC show. Instead of having stand-ups perform in the TV studio, it is possible that the show will be able to cut live to the Vegas Club for stand-up sets.

    The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host has been very invested in the planning of the yet-to-be-named club. He has personally made sure details like acoustics and ceiling height are just right. He has even helped plan the menu and has insisted that all food can be eaten without silverware, so as not to cause excess noise of utensils hitting plates. Kimmel wants every comic to feel like they are receiving world class treatment when they perform at the club and also hopes to capture the feeling of classic Las Vegas glamour.

    Kimmel is a Las Vegas native and has talked about his love for Vegas on his show, most notably after the horrific Las Vegas mass shooting last year. He has also been excited to work with Caesars since many of his family members have worked there over the years.

    Kimmel has stated that he will do drop-ins at the club himself and create a space for up-and-coming talent. The Oscars host recently caused some controversy after defending Louis C.K.’s quick return to stand-up comedy after confessing to assault. However, there has been no confirmation that C.K. will be booked at the club. “I think people tend to focus on the one or two people who walk out of a situation like that. Ultimately, the audience decides whether someone is welcomed back.”

    “Building a club like this in my hometown is a dream come true,” Kimmel said in a statement. With the entertainer’s star power and roster of famous friends, this club will likely be a huge draw in the middle of the Nevada desert.

    Rosa Escandon

    I am a stand up comic and writer living in Brooklyn, NY. When I'm not on stage, I am Comedy Editor for The Tusk, sit on the board of the Cinder Block Comedy Festival, and writing my next project. I am passionate about writing about feminism and comedy as well as how women, LBGTQ people, and minorities are changing the face of comedy and entertainment. You may have seen me on Buzzfeed Video, Seriously.TV, aplus, or maybe just on twitter.

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