The Man Show's success allowed Kimmel, Carolla, and Kellison to create and produce, under the banner Jackhole Productions, Crank Yankers for Comedy Central (on which Kimmel plays the characters "Elmer Higgins", "Terrence Catheter", "The Nudge", "Karl Malone" and himself) and later The Andy Milonakis Show for MTV2.
Kimmel began his television career as the comedic counterpart to Ben Stein on the game show Win Ben Stein's Money, which began airing on Comedy Central in 1997.
His quick wit and "everyman" personality were counterpoints to Stein's monotonous vocal style and faux-patrician demeanor.
The combination earned the pair an Emmy award for Best Game Show Host.
Kimmel left Win Ben Stein's Money in 2001 and was replaced by comedian Nancy Pimental, who was eventually replaced by Kimmel's cousin Sal Iacono.
He spent five years as "Jimmy The Sports Guy" for the Kevin and Bean morning show.
During this time he met and befriended a struggling comedian named Adam Carolla.
is an American television host, producer, writer, comedian, and voice actor.
He is the host and executive producer of Jimmy Kimmel Live! , he was best known as the co-host of Comedy Central's The Man Show and Win Ben Stein's Money.
, a late-night talk show that premiered on ABC in 2003. Kimmel has also produced such shows as Crank Yankers, Sports Show with Norm Macdonald, and The Andy Milonakis Show.
While attending Arizona State University, he became a popular caller to the KZZP-FM afternoon show hosted by radio personalities Mike Elliott and Kent Voss in Phoenix, Arizona.
Kimmel went on to host his own show at KCMJ in Palm Springs, California, where he persuaded a young Carson Daly to drop out of college and become his intern.
After a morning stint at KRQQ in Tucson, Arizona, Kimmel landed at KROQ-FM in Los Angeles.