A photo of Jimmy Kimmel and Mayor Rob Ford in Los Angeles on Saturday posted on Mayor Rob Ford’s Twitter account
Mayor Rob Ford is slated to appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday night.
The encounter is surprising given the fact Ford is only an international celebrity due to the fact he’s smoked crack cocaine so you’d think he’d try to steer clear of drawing more attention to that scandal in an election year.
But it is even more surprising because Kimmel has been cracking jokes about Ford for “probably a year” – to use the Ford vernacular.
Here’s a rundown of some of Kimmel’s Ford wisecracks:
In April 2013, Kimmel was one of the first U.S. late-night hosts to joke about Ford. He mocked Ford for walking into a City-TV camera at City Hall and described the mayor as a “man of significant carriage.”
Kimmel had an actor portray Ford to mock his crack cocaine scandal when it first broke. That led to a lot of late-night gags at Ford’s expense.
Kimmel mocked Ford’s ongoing crack scandal saying he was “absolutely in love” with the mayor. He joked about Ford’s spin at the time that the scandal was helping get Toronto “on the map.” The comedian went on to roll out a map with the title, “Cities in which the mayor has been accused of smoking crack.”
“You’ve got Washington, D.C. with mayor Marion Barry, you’ve got Toronto with Mayor Rob ford and that’s it — a pretty exclusive club, very small club,” Kimmel said at the time.
“Despite all the controversy he refuses to resign. He said he’s hard at work for the people of Toronto — incredibly hard at work — in fact, he hasn’t stopped working for the last 79 hours in a row.”
Mayor Rob Ford admitted to smoking crack cocaine while in a “drunken stupor,” leading to a lot more Kimmel jokes.
Here’s a clip:
After the crack admission, Kimmel used a clip from the city council meeting where Ford admitted to buying illegal drugs.
Kimmel played the Jeopardy! theme song during Ford’s long pause to Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong’s question asking the mayor, “Have you purchased illegal drugs in the last two years?” Ford eventually answered, “Yes, I have.”
“Really at this point the only shocking allegation you can make about Mayor Ford is he was caught eating a salad,” Kimmel joked. “It’s amazing, it’s as if Toronto has a 400-pound Andy Dick running the city.”
Kimmel had Chris Daughtry perform “The Ballad of Rob Ford” song. The song chronicled the exploits of “the drunk-driving, crack-smoking Mayor of Toronto.”
Jimmy Kimmel has been having festive fun with Ford all week on his show, Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Kimmel used the audio from Ford’s crack-smoking confession with a scene from the Christmas special, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town. He gave Ford’s voice to the evil mayor in the classic TV show, Burgermeister Meisterburger.
A day later, Kimmel presented the 12 Days of Rob Ford.
After Mayor Rob Ford danced to Bob Marley’s “One Love” on the council floor with several other councillors and city bureaucrats, Kimmel questioned, ”Are they all on crack?”
Kimmel also mocked Ford for sarcastically telling councillors he was “super, super, super, super, super, super, super sorry” for calling them corrupt a day earlier.
“It is not just food, he super-sizes everything,” Kimmel joked.
The U.S. host went on to say that the Rob Ford experience “has been very educational” for Americans.
“Canadians are much, much weirder than any of us had any idea they were,” he joked. “They seem so normal but they’re not, they’re different … these people are coco-nutso and we could be in danger.”
Kimmel delivered more jokes at Mayor Ford’s expense when he was caught on video ranting in Jamaican Patois in the Steak Queen in Etobicoke.
“While we’re on the subject of natural disasters have you seen the latest episode of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford?” Kimmel asked his audience.”Rob Ford has been quiet for a couple of months, he claims he has been exercising, he hasn’t been drinking, he even hasn’t done crack he says – and that’s big for him because he loves crack. Unfortunately the streak of good behaviour appears to have ended last night.”
Kimmel went on to run the YouTube clip of Ford’s rant.
“It would appear that Mayor Ford speaks Jamaican too,” he joked. “Just when you thought he couldn’t possibly pull another nugget out of his bag of crazy he gets drunk and speaks Jamaican in a Steak Queen. When you’re the best, that’s what you do.”
Pointing to the fact Ford admitted he was drinking that night, Kimmel questioned what the mayor meant when he said he was drinking a “little bit.”
“What’s a little bit to Rob Ford, a pony keg?” he asked. “He’s back folks, he’s back for an all new season of Super Mayor.”
He ended his Ford jokes with a shot at another Canadian celebrity.
“Thank you Canada, this almost makes up for Justin Bieber,” Kimmel said.