Transcript for Jimmy Kimmel on his career and why he's taking on politics in the Trump era
You're like a "Hamilton" ticket, like the hottest ticket in up to. Oh, yes, except the difference is our show is free. Jimmy Kimmel squeezing us in for a sneak peek at his pop-up studio at the Brooklyn academy of music. The one idea I had for the set. We're going to have a little pizza place on the set. That's brilliant. So it will look like he's making pizzas throughout the show. Here's Jimmy Kimmel! For the fourth time, the comedian is bring "Jimmy Kimmel live" to New York for the week. Hello, Brooklyn. And is bringing a lot of star power with him. Have a great lineup, start off with Adam Sandler and eminem, John Krasinski and cardi B. You mentioned John Krasinski. You have a long-standing Christmas prank with John. We do. And I have one other thing with you also. One other little surprise. Do you live in fear of being pranked? I mean, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna have brought America into your bedroom. Guess who it is, Jimmy! Good morning. ??? I came in like a wrecking ball ??? That's true, yeah, and I wear a mouth piece. Keeping the guard in. Yeah, I didn't even realize it. I like to be pranked. I enjoy it, because I know that it gives me a license to prank back. Prank wars aside, many of Jimmy's jokes have the commander in chief is at punch line. I thought, hey, make we won't talk about Donald Trump much tonight, and then he opened his mouth and all manner of stupid came out. There are plenty of trump fans out there, trump supporters who may or may not be your fans, but their opinion is, well, you're a comedian. Why get political? I'm a comedian, and the reason I get political is because I talk about the news of the day, and we have a president who now dominates the news every day, so I don't feel like I have any choice but to talk about him. Stormy Daniels spanked you. Yeah, she did. Hold on a sec. I just want to pray for a second. I didn't have to pay her though. I got that for free. Listen, she spanked the president. United States. This is obviously a great honor. She spanked him and then he became president. Maybe there's some magic in that spank. Who am I to deny a spank from stormy Daniels? Here we are again in the aftermath of another terrible inexplicable shocking and painful tragedy, this time in Las Vegas. But sometimes the news of the day is no laughing matter. What I'm talking about tonight isn't about gun control. It's about common sense. There was a time though like in the Carson years maybe when late night comedians thought of political opinions as very taboo. Yes. What do you think has changed? Well, I think the world has changed, and I think that when Johnny Carson was hosting "The tonight show" people weren't taking ak-47s into a hotel and firing on people at a concert, and I think there's more opportunity for a variety of opinion rather than just this kind of broad approach try to bring in 15 million viewers a night by not offending anybody. Kimmel garnered a lot of Ave tension last year when he spoke out emotionally about his son's heart de. If you were born with congenital heart disease like my son was, there's a good chance you'd never be able to get health insurance because you had a pre-existing condition. And lobbied to save the American health care act. No parent should worry about saving their child's life. We had a life-threatening situation at a time when congress was just about to vote on a lot of other people's life-threatening situations. How is your son doing? He's doing great. He'll be 18 months old this month, and he's just like any other kid. He's running around and bumping his head on things, and he's really a lot of fun. Of course, we couldn't leave without a few departing gifts. Oh, wow. News-related presents. This is for you. This is your own -- I hope that she lives to be 250 years old. I really do. And as a Korean I want you to Chris visit a Korean beauty spa. Is this all I need. That's all I need and then you'll look 20 years younger and, of course, this is the most important one. Thank you very much. Wow, look at you guys with your logo and everything. This t-shirt looks like -- looks like I don't know. I don't know what's going on with the t-shirt but I don't think it fully represents the show. I wish I brought you gifts. That's okay. You've got a few things going on. I'll give you my wedding wing. I got it at Costco. Enjoy. It fits perfectly. Thank you. Jimmy's going to be hanging out in Brooklyn all week.
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