Humboldt County and it's well-known marijuana industry are in the news again. On Thurs., Jan. 10, the L.A. Times published an article about Jimmy Kimmel and his recent jokes about Humboldt State University's Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research.
Ever since Jimmy Kimmel made jokes about smoking pot on his late night show "Jimmy Kimmel Live" about Humboldt State University's Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research, the Arcata-based institute of higher learning has been trying to get the comedian and talk show host to visit Humboldt County and the campus to see for himself what makes this northern California area unique.
President of the college, Rollin C. Richmond and student government president Ellyn Henderson sent a letter to Kimmel inviting him to speak at commencement ceremonies in May. For over three minutes, the talk show host joked about marijuana smoking and the educational aspects related to it on an episode which aired on Nov. 27; according to the letter sent by university officials, “...we figure you owe us. Humboldt State provided you with just over 3 minutes of pretty good material.”
As Kimmel joked that the Humboldt Institute for Interdisciplinary Marijuana Research would focus on lectures and research on how marijuana relates to economics, geography, politics, psychology and sociology, he finished with the quip that students would “probably just end up playing Ultimate Frisbee." Kimmel even aired a phony video in which actors encouraged prospective students to attend the institute so they could learn about dog walking, snow board rental, pizza delivery, dressing up as Chewbacca, and “living in a van and selling friendship bracelets and patchouli oil.”
According to an L.A. Times article, a spokesperson for "Jimmy Kimmel Live" stated that the comedian had just returned from hiatus and may have not seen the invitation from Humboldt State University yet. When and if he responds, that response will be published here.