Naked ambition! Jimmy Kimmel persuades Girls star Lena Dunham to strip off for hilarious Emmy Awards opening skit
09:03 GMT, 24 September 2012
He is well known for his comedy skits featuring celebrities on his late night talk show.
So anticipation was high for Jimmy Kimmel's opening on tonight's Emmy Awards show.
And the comedy show host didn't disappoint, as actresses Zooey Deschanel, Christina Hendricks and Mindy Kaling gathered in a ladies' bathroom to practice their 'I can't believe I won' faces before discovering Kimmel in a stall crying about his bad Botox.
But the skit's pice de rsistance was 26-year-old Lena Dunham, who sits on a toilet naked and eating cake.
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Having her cake and eating it: Girls creator Lena Dunham is the highlight of Jimmy Kimmel's opening skit
Not shy!: Dunham in her birthday suit and right, covered up in a demure Prada dress on the red carpet
The star and creator of the HBO series Girls, Lena is discovered in the stall after the three other actresses hear the sound of crying, and go looking for the source.
Nashville star Connie Britton appears to open the door of Lena's stall, who is not crying, but rather sitting naked and eating an entire cake. The Good Wife's Martha Plimpton also joins the fun.
Lena has been praised not just for her writing, acting and directing talents, but also for her willingness to openly parade her larger figure in front of the camera, in defiance of the Hollywood pressure on women to be thin.
Hamming it up: Christina Hendrix and Zooey Deschanel practice their winning faces in the mirror
Anybody in there: Nashville star Connie Britton bangs on a bathroom stall, believing it to be Kimmel
Let her eat cake: Dunham has a new pixie haircut which she debuted at the Emmys on Sunday night
The skit moves on, with the sound of howling heard in another stall from a distraught Kimmel.
Harry's Law actress Kathy Bates appears, moving Britton aside and telling her to 'stand back yoga pants!'
Bates punches through the door of the locked stall, tearing it off and revealing Kimmel, crouched in the corner and crying about a botched Botox job that will surely prevent him from hosting the show.
Stand aside: Britton makes way for Kathy Bates, who punches through the locked stall and rips the door off
Toilet humour: The talented actresses come upon a distraught Emmy host, crouched in the corner
The big reveal: Jimmy Kimmel reveals his bad Botox job, fearing he won't be able to host the Emmy Awards
Dressed in red bath robes, Bates and her fellow actresses crowd the entrance of the stall, trying to convince Kimmel he looks 'natural'.
The actresses then proceed to punch the 44-year-old back into shape, joined by the naked Dunham, who has left her own toilet stand to join the fun.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus even appears at the end of the scene to throw a couple more punches for good measure.
Punching him into shape: Jimmy gets a few upper cuts as the actresses take turns in beating out the Botox
Tough love: If anyone knows how to fix a bad Botox job, it's a Hollywood actress
Last few for good measure: Veep star Julia Louis-Dreyfus appears at the last minute to throw a few punches
Deciding he is finally ready to go on stage, Kimmel strips off his robe, only to reveal he is missing his pants.
Ellen DeGeneres arrives to save the day, handing the comedian a pair of pants so that he can go on with the show.
Kimmel hops around the bathroom before finally getting the pants on, revealing that they are fasr too short for him.
'They fit great!' he shouts to the bathroom full of celebrity women, before running out the door.
Ready for his close-up: Kimmel strips off his robe ready to go on stage
Something missing: Kimmel is ready to go on, but he's missing a key piece of wardrobe
Saving the day: Ellen DeGeneres shows up to lend a helping hand, giving Jimmy a pair of pants
Hopping humour: Ellen smirks with the knowledge that Jimmy's pants are several sizes too small for him
The Emmy host later warmly introduced his parents, who were seated in the audience, and told viewers they had always been supportive of their son.
'They always told me I could do anything I set my mind to,' he said, 'and this year I set my mind to winning the Emmy.
'And guess what I didn't,' he went on. 'You told me I could, and I didn't, and I'm devastated. You lied to me!'
Kimmel then has his parents evicted from the theatre with the help of 30 Rock actor Tracey Morgan.
'It’s OK if you Taser them if you need to,' he told the security men.
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards will air on 5USA at 10pm on Monday 24th September.
Fan favourite: Jimmy greeting the crowd in his sharp tux
Meet the parents: Jimmy warmly introduced his mom and dad…
…but then had them escorted out of the building by security
EMMY AWARDS 2012… AND THE WINNERS ARE
Drama Series: Homeland, Showtime
Actress, Drama Series: Claire Danes, Homeland, Showtime
Actor, Drama Series: Damian Lewis, Homeland, Showtime
Supporting Actor, Drama Series: Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad, AMC
Supporting Actress, Drama Series: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey, PBS
Writing, Drama Series: Alex Gansa, Howard Gordon, Gideon Raff, Homeland, Showtime
Directing, Drama Series: Tim Van Patten, Boardwalk Empire, HBO
Comedy Series: Modern Family, ABC
Supporting Actress, Comedy Series: Julie Bowen, Modern Family, ABC
Supporting Actor, Comedy Series: Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family, ABC
Actress, Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep, HBO
Actor, Comedy Series: Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men, CBS
Writing, Comedy Series: Louis C.K, Louie, FX Networks
Directing, Comedy Series: Steven Levitan, Modern Family, ABC
Miniseries or Movie: Game Change, HBO
Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change, HBO
Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange, American Horror Story, FX Networks
Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Tom Berenger, Hatfields & McCoys, History
Actor, Miniseries or Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys, History
Directing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Jay Roach, Game Change, HBO
Writing, Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special: Danny Strong, Game Change, HBO
Host, Reality-Competition Program: Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars, ABC
Reality-Competition Program: The Amazing Race, CBS
Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Comedy Central
Writing for a Variety Special: Louis C.K., Louis C.K. Live at the Beacon Theatre, FX Networks
Directing, Variety, Music or Comedy Special: Glenn Weiss, 65th Annual Tony Awards, CBS
VIDEO: Kimmel and Dunham strip off for hilarious opening skit. Watch in full here