By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Several performances are already sold out as popular talk show host Jimmy Kimmel will be broadcasting live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music from October 29 – November 2.
Kimmel, born in Brooklyn and raised in Las Vegas, will feature Brooklyn’s culture and people throughout the week, along with special guests – names being mentioned include David Letterman, Chris Rock, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Tracy Morgan -- and musical acts including Vampire Weekend and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
According to eonline.com, Kimmel has idolized Late Show host Letterman since he was a kid.
While many fans hope to attend one of the BAM broadcast sessions, others are vying to actually appear on the show from their own living room, in one of Kimmel’s popular “Skype Scavenger Hunts.” During the hunts, broadcast nationwide via Skype (a way to communicate via voice and video over the Internet), competitors race like maniacs around their apartments looking for random items.
Past hunts have pitted NBA stars Tyson Chandler (New York Nicks) against Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics); Jeremy Lin against Roy Hibbert; and family members against each other.
JKL's week in Brooklyn coincides with the inaugural season of the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center, ABC points out.
Tickets to the show at BAM are free, but audience members must show their love to get inside. According to 1iota.com, which handles ticket distribution, people must “send Guillermo a personal email telling him WHY you should be a part of our studio audience in Brooklyn. Be creative, specific and enthusiastic. Only real fans need apply.”
This is the first JKL road trip since 2006, when the show broadcast from the famous GEM Theater in Detroit to record one of Kimmel's highest-rated weeks ever, according to ABC.