Jimmy Kimmel Live Is Coming to Austin


ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Travels to the Long Center!

Five Original Shows During SXSW!


Jimmy Kimmel Live is hitting the road! Destination? The Long Center’s Dell Hall! That’s right, for the first time since its move to the 10:35 time slot, the show will be shooting on location in Austin. The week-long trip coincides with the 28th annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Music Festival.

Jimmy Kimmel Live will broadcast five original shows from The Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Center for the Performing Arts overlooking downtown Austin, Auditorium Shores and Lady Bird Lake. Jimmy will host celebrity guests, showcase musical performances and shoot comedy segments around Texas and at SXSW.

Long Center Executive Director & CEO Jamie Grant was ecstatic about the deal to bring Kimmel to Austin. “I can’t think of a better, cooler way to show the world all the amazing things going on in Austin, Texas and at the Long Center,” he said. “We are just thrilled to be collaborating with Jimmy Kimmel Live and our good friends at SXSW!”

Jimmy Kimmel himself was no less enthusiastic. On taking the show to Texas he said, “Austin is one of my favorite cities and there is no place more fun than SXSW.  I can’t wait for March 10th.  I’ll be the guy covered in BBQ sauce.”

In November 2012, Jimmy Kimmel Live spent a memorable week in Brooklyn, NY with guests Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, Tracy Morgan, Kelly Ripa, Howard Stern, Chris Rock and David Letterman and musical guests Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Vampire Weekend and the Avett Brothers with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. The result was JKL’s 2nd-most-watched week in its nearly 11 year history. 

JKL also went on the road in 2006 when the show originated from the famous GEM Theater in Detroit during the week leading up to Super Bowl XL.

The Long Center is encouraging fans to watch it’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as to sign up for its digital newsletter for information on how to gain access to the tapings.



The Long Center is Austin’s Creative Home, built “by the community, for the community.” The organization is primarily funded by private citizens and corporations and by nature understands the importance of giving. As a non-profit, the Long Center collaborates with community partners to sponsor educational programs, host free events on the City Terrace, subsidize rental costs for emerging art groups, and gift tickets to charitable and community-minded organizations. The Long Center also provides the best overall live entertainment experience of any venue in Austin. It is home to the Symphony, Opera and Ballet and boasts additional eclectic programming spanning diverse audiences. A commitment to acoustic excellence combined with exceptional theater site lines and an unparalleled outdoor view of Austin creates a magical experience and lasting memories.  Austinites of all ages and interests are invited to explore the Long Center to expand their cultural perspective and appreciation of the arts. For more information, please visit TheLongCenter.org or call (512) 474-LONG (5664) for ticket information.


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