Jimmy Kimmel's move to SXSW pays off in barbecue and viewership

March 20, 2015 11:34 PM

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“Someone’s in a cranky mood right now,” Jimmy Kimmel said to his 8-month-old, Jane. He was bouncing her on his lap as he rehearsed for his first show here this week. She picked up a pack of gum from the late-night host’s desk.

Kimmel’s wife, the program’s co-head writer Molly McNearney, sat in the audience of the Long Center, a 1,141-seat performing arts center that this week became home to “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” Next to her were other staff writers, their eyes all glued to monitors previewing the news clip Kimmel was set t...

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