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Monday, February 25, 2008

Jimmy Kimmel exacts revenge on Sarah Silverman

Do people remember the instant classic clip that Sarah Silverman debuted on the talk show of her boyfriend, Jimmy Kimmel? Well, apparently on a special post-Oscars broadcast last night, Kimmel responded in kind, and it's very, very funny as well:

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So in this war of viral videos, who's the winner? (Spoilers follow)

Advantage: Silverman!

It's not that they're not both funny. And it's not that getting busy with Matt Damon has more cachet than getting busy with Ben Affleck (although Damon's arguably more talented and successful, Ben's respectable directorial work in Gone Baby Gone notwithstanding). It's just that "I'm F*cking Matt Damon" is a better executed clip than "I'm F*cking Ben Affleck." Silverman and Damon are better singers and you can understand pretty much every word they sing. In Kimmel's clip, the muddier vocals, more extensive bleeping and more obtrusive audience laughter steps on some of the jokes. Plus, Damon delivers a hilarious, energetic performance in his own right, while Affleck doesn't really get the chance to cut loose in the same way.

It's a close one, though: The "We Are the World" concept, with guests from Don Cheadle to McLovin, is absolutely brilliant, and I'd possibly give the advantage to Kimmel if I knew who everyone was. And it's always a welcome surprise to be reminded that Harrison Ford has a sense of humor.

It would probably be for the best if it stops here, though.

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