Jon Hamm Defends Imo's on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (VIDEO)

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       Jon Hamm sticks up for St. Louis. | YouTube

Hometown boy Jon Hamm -- fresh off his latest loss at this week's Emmy Awards -- stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday to promote his new movie A Young Doctor's Notebook with Daniel Radcliffe and talk about how much he loves St. Louis.

"For those who don't know, you are from St. Louis," Kimmel said to Hamm during the segment. "There is a pizza place that I've been at odds with called Imo's Pizza in St. Louis. Now, it's a beloved chain in St. Louis and...the pizza by the way is terrible."

Whoa whoa whoa. Whoa. Luckily, Hamm was all over it.

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This is not the first time Kimmel has talked smack about Imo's. He's already sparred with native daughter and former Office star Jenna Fischer over it. When comedian Judah Friedlander bought a St. Louis audience Imo's after his show, Kimmel asked Friedlander why he was punishing them.

"I get a lot of abuse from people in St. Louis when I make fun of their terrible, terrible pizza place," said Kimmel last night.

Naturally, he had to bring it up with Hamm, but this time he actually had Imo's delivered all the way to Los Angeles. Kimmel challenged Hamm to a taste test: Imo's versus a wood-fired pizza that Kimmel made himself. It was battle between "Imo's or Jim-o's."

See also: Jenna Fischer Talks Favorite St. Louis Foods With Jimmy Kimmel, He Calls Imo's The Worst Pizza Ever

Though this may have been the worst kind of ambush pizza journalism, the Mad Men star handled it with aplomb and stuck up for his hometown. Watch:

In case you missed it, Hamm dropped all kinds of pearls of wisdom about Imo's, St. Louis, and, if you get right down to it, about life itself:

  • "You want to get the middle piece. Because that's where all the good stuff is."
  • "You can taste the Gateway Arch. It tastes like eleven World Series victories."
  • "I'm a St. Louisan. We have a lot of weird stuff that we eat. Have you had toasted ravioli?"

(To which Kimmel replies, "Yes, they're disgusting also.")

On the next page: Watch GIFs of the drama and read the Twitter response from Imo's


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TeamShane5
TeamShane5

@websterwhite Jimmy is soooo right on this it isn't even funny. Until of course he starts to mess with toasted ravioli. Those ARE 11WS good.

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

I travel a lot around the country, and when people find out I'm from St. Louis, the one thing I invariably hear is "Nice place, but the pizza is awful", to which I'll respond "Oh, you must have eaten at at Imo's", to which they'll always answer "Yeah, I think that was the name of the place!"

Dave Brown
Dave Brown

Jimmy Kimmell is one of the funniest late night comedians going. SInce others are reporting he married a St Louis girl, it answers my question of how he knew it was bad. She must have made him eat it on his first visit.

Casey Govero
Casey Govero

I like Nick and Elena's off woodson rd. They're slow on delivery but their pizza is great.

James Paffrath
James Paffrath

provell chese is a combination of provolone and Velveeta

James Paffrath
James Paffrath

i agree with Hahn but who's the bitch kimmell married?

Jim Threadgill
Jim Threadgill

I've personally gotten alot of flack because I Have Dogged Saint Louis style pizza in the past, and also for not being a cardinals nut (I'm not a sports fan) and I've actually been told to move and thats completely rediculous. Some people take hometown loyalties waaaaay to serious! Look at all the hate in this thread that Kimmel is getting for having an opinion. People need to grow up. Wear what you dig man! lol

Tim Brazel
Tim Brazel

Who said that? Maybe some of us just like it cause we like it. I'm sure you have things you enjoy that others might find horrible.

Tim Brazel
Tim Brazel

Ppl either love it or hate it. I personally love it, but yeah...it's a St Louis thing. Anyway you cut it Kimmel still sucks and his show is horrible.

Ellen Bond
Ellen Bond

If you don't like it, DON"T eat it!!! Leave my IMOS alone!!

Jodi Fox
Jodi Fox

Their choice of cheese is not a good fit for myself.

Justin Torres
Justin Torres

cheese that sticks to your mouth like white bread...how about real pizza people

Sj Braun
Sj Braun

Tony Guido's on The Hill beats it all to bits; specially the crust

Arthur James III
Arthur James III

IMO'S is OK, but, Fortells, La Pizza and PW are way better!

Liahona Tiberi
Liahona Tiberi

I love IMO's....it's all about ordering the right toppings....great pizza to dip in French dressing or garlic butter. Beats the national chain pizzas anyway. Although Monicals pizza is still my #1 favorite....closest one is in Central Illinois/Decatur area. The meat sauce and grassroots are especially good at the Imos in Edwardsville, IL and Cahokia, IL although I recommend avoiding cahokia in general for obvious reasons.

Chris Brummel
Chris Brummel

dave he's on that show mad men, he's the main guy. not sure of the character name that show bores the hell outta me lol

Barbara Huck Stefano
Barbara Huck Stefano

It does kinda taste like home plate ... or maybe an athletic cup. "Cheese food" has no place on pizza.

Rachel Elizabeth
Rachel Elizabeth

Taste the perfection maybe not only Saint Louis can appreciate but only Saint Louis can represent & don't Hate.

Paul Conboy
Paul Conboy

Native St. Louisian's against Imo's, I'd rather eat shards of glass covered in cow manure than ever have to eat that sorry excuse for pizza ever again!

Denise Hahn
Denise Hahn

The irony of all this... the bitch Kimmel married is from St. Louis. Nevermind the fact that he is the least funny, most irrelevant person on TV.

Tana Stanfill
Tana Stanfill

saw this the othr nite- Imo's over host's. the truth cannot be denied.

Robert Winkelmann
Robert Winkelmann

The only way to taste Imo's right is to go to the original store on Hampton. The rest are franchisees and the quality varies from one store to the next. Some take more care to do it right than others. But if you for a second think cheap mozzarella cheese tastes better than provalone, cheddar and swiss (Provel), you're NUTS.

Christopher Slater
Christopher Slater

Choice is a beautiful thing....don't eat it, if you don't like it. But eat your broccoli.

Samantha Logan
Samantha Logan

Love imo's pizza its the most awesome pizza ever!

Jacob Hamilton
Jacob Hamilton

Cardinals are awesome, Jon Hamm is awesome, but Imo's is terrible.

Tom Casey
Tom Casey

Good for Jon Hamm going to bat for the home of 11 World Series Champions.

David B Fowler
David B Fowler

wallpaper pizza and the shitty cheese. enough said.

Joe DalekAwsum Willis
Joe DalekAwsum Willis

Well....Imo's is gross....it's like ketchup on cardboard.....and the cheese is too gritty.....

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Tim Brazel who gives a fuck you parochial rube? why don't you tell us what high schoo you went to next you assclown

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Ellen Bond we DON'T eat the garbage, but we still have to listen to whiny St Louis natives whine about us not liking it between tales of their highschool years. Fucking boring.

kenny.schmied
kenny.schmied

@Robert Winkelmann Yeah, Hampton is the best for sure. But I also find that Hampton cooks their pies well done. So if you go to another Imo's, make sure to ask for a well done pie and it will be more similar to the hampton location than otherwise. Shitty imo's in st. charles barely cooks their pies anyways :(

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@Sean Rogers that's the spirit hillbilly!

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