Jimmy Kimmel Straight-Up Stole Tina Fey's And Amy Poehler's Joke At The Oscars

by Taylor Ortega

Sadly, it happens. Jokes are recycled and retold all the time.

Unfortunately for Jimmy Kimmel, the joke he told at the expense of Andrew Garfield sounded better when it was told by the women who nailed it two years ago.

During Sunday night's Oscars, the host teased,

[Andrew] lost 40 pounds for his role in the movie 'Silence.' It was an astonishing physical transformation that hasn't been attempted since every actress in every role ever.

The joke closely mirrored one delivered by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey during the 2014 Golden Globes.

During the ceremony, Tina said,

Matthew McConaughey did amazing work this year. For his role in Dallas Buyers Club, he lost 45 pounds. Or what actresses call being in a movie.

Neither joke was the first instance the comparison has been made between the acclaim bestowed upon actors who drastically alter their bodies for roles and the outrageous body standards actresses in any role maintain free of praise.

Still, the digs were similarly phrased and delivered in a similar context in a relatively tight timeframe.

There's a surely a small part of every woman that never gets tired of hearing this bit.

I'd sign a petition labeled "YOU'RE SPECIAL, DANIEL DAY-LEWIS, BUT NOT FOR THIS REASON" if it meant we as a society stopped jizzing our pants while screaming "SUCH COMMITMENT" every time Matt Damon got a little fat for three months.


Besides, whatever points Jimmy lost for recycling this joke were at least partially replaced by his commitment to dragging Mel Gibson's racist, sexist, anti-Semitic, bloated corpse by its scalp.

As Mel sat in the audience beside his child bride, the late-night host teased,

I don't have to tell anybody the country is divided right now. I've been getting a lot of advice, people are telling me it's time to bring everyone together, you need to say something to unite us, and let's just get something straight off the top: I'm not — I can't do that. There's only one Braveheart in this room, and he's not going to unite us, either. Mel, you look great, I think the Scientology is working.

Mel chuckled in his seat until a dried lung presumably fell out his butt, forever ruining the Dolby Theater upholstery.

That's showbiz glamour, folks.

Citations: Jimmy Kimmel's joke sounded better when women did it first (Mashable)