The bit where Jimmy plays the part of Santa Karl—it’s something fans looks forward to every year because he’s just so damn funny. Actually, I made that up. I have no idea if fans like it. We think it’s hilarious and that’s all that matters. Jimmy Kimmel playing the part of Karl Malone playing the part of Santa Clause—crazy, right?
It started nearly two decades ago when he was known as Jimmy The Sports Guy.
From the Kevin & Bean Glossary:
Reprised each Christmas season by former cast member Jimmy Kimmel, “Santa” Karl has become somewhat of an inside joke for longtime listeners. In this bit, Kimmel takes calls from children, posing as Santa Claus as he might be voiced by basketball player Karl Malone. As the children give him their gift wish lists, “Santa” Karl provides improvised, usually inappropriate responses laced with sexual innuendo and other adult references. This bit originated with Kimmel performing in a traditional Santa Claus voice, but changed during the year he began making fun of Karl Malone’s radio program, vowing to perform his entire on-air appearances as an impersonation of Malone.
Listen to this year’s Santa Karl segment below. It’ll put a smile on your face.