Jimmy Kimmel has long been known as a purveyor of the silly and the weird, and prides himself on coming up with some concepts that could definitely be defined as "unusual." Having a belly-flop contest, in which random people of various sizes compete in front of a panel of judges, definitely has to qualify as that. The fact that this is not the first time that he has done this on the show ups the strange factor to another level.
What we will say is impressive about the bit, which you can see in the attached video, is the continued ability by Kimmel to find pretty well-known celebrities to sit there and take part in something like this in the judge's role. For this video, he managed to recruit "Dancing with the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke (who is used to being scored by a panel), "Wipeout" co-host John Henson (who is used to watching people belly-flop into things, though probably not so gracefully), and Greg Louganis (who is actually an Olympian in the diving sport). The fact that Louganis was willing to in some ways mock his very sport that made him a celebrity is notable, and it also shows his overall sense of humor.
We won't spoil the results for you here (if you can call them that), but the contest includes a wide array of people, body types, and results. The only thing that is constant in here is Kimmel's tone. Just in the span of the past several hours the video has been on the air, it has already passed over 22,000 page views and also over a thousand likes. Given that Kimmel has one of the most impressive YouTube followings of any late-night host, this should come as little surprise. To think, this video even dwarfs many of the other, more celebrity-ridden videos that Kimmel has put online.
What do you think about Kimmel's video here as a whole, and the fact that he is keeping this tradition alive? Share some of your thoughts with a comment below. New episodes of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" will continue to air on ABC Monday-Friday after the local news.