Jennifer Aniston leads casts of upcoming Live In Front Of A Studio Audience on Jimmy Kimmel Live


Less than a day before they perform two iconic episodes of television, the cast of Live In Front of a Studio Audience, lead by Jennifer Aniston, shared some laughs on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Aniston was joined by Ann Dowd, Kathryn Hahn, Kevin Hart, John Lithgow, Jon Stewart, Allison Tolman, Gabrielle union, and Damon Wayans in a virtual interview from the set of the special, which airs live Tuesday night on ABC.

Aniston revealed that she actually went to a taping of Diff’rent Strokes when she was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, while Kevin Hart joked the production was going to be a ‘s**tshow.’

Cast: Less than a day before they perform two iconic episodes of television, the cast of Live In Front of a Studio Audience, lead by Jennifer Aniston, shared some laughs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Cast: Less than a day before they perform two iconic episodes of television, the cast of Live In Front of a Studio Audience, lead by Jennifer Aniston, shared some laughs on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jokes: Aniston revealed that she actually went to a taping of Diff'rent Strokes when she was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, while Kevin Hart joked the production was going to be a 's**tshow.

Jokes: Aniston revealed that she actually went to a taping of Diff’rent Strokes when she was a kid growing up in Los Angeles, while Kevin Hart joked the production was going to be a ‘s**tshow.

Hart, who plays Arnold Jackson, originated by Gary Coleman in the original show, didn’t inspire much confidence, by looking into a completely wrong camera while talking about the production.

‘Jimmy, as you can see, I’m having a blast. I mean, listen, listen, this entire thing, we are so in sync, so pumped up. It’s loud. Anything can happen. It’s about being prepared, just being one. So when I tell you, Jimmy, we are so locked and loaded in this thing, buddy. And I see you, I see you, so I know you see me,’ Hart said while looking into the wrong camera with a smile.

Kimmel asked Gabrielle Union, who was seen wearing her character Tootie’s wig (originally played by Kim Fields), if Hart was going to be able to make it through this.

Wrong camera: Hart, who plays Arnold Jackson, originated by Gary Coleman in the original show, didn't inspire much confidence, by looking into a completely wrong camera while talking about the production

Wrong camera: Hart, who plays Arnold Jackson, originated by Gary Coleman in the original show, didn’t inspire much confidence, by looking into a completely wrong camera while talking about the production

Co-stars: Kimmel asked Gabrielle Union, who was seen wearing her character Tootie's wig (originally played by Kim Fields), if Hart was going to be able to make it through this

Co-stars: Kimmel asked Gabrielle Union, who was seen wearing her character Tootie’s wig (originally played by Kim Fields), if Hart was going to be able to make it through this

‘Not at all,’ Union said, while adding that she called Kim Fields to get her blessing to play her character.

‘I didn’t want to mess up the legacy, you know, and she’s like, “I was hoping it was Ashanti.” I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page,’ Union joked.

Kimmel then turned to Aniston, who plays Blair Warner (originally played by Lisa Whelchel) and asked about the episode of Diff’rent Strokes she attended as a child.

Legacy: 'I didn't want to mess up the legacy, you know, and she's like, "I was hoping it was Ashanti." I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page,' Union joked

Legacy: ‘I didn’t want to mess up the legacy, you know, and she’s like, “I was hoping it was Ashanti.” I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page,’ Union joked

Jen as Blair: Kimmel then turned to Aniston, who plays Blair Warner (originally played by Lisa Whelchel) and asked about the episode of Diff'rent Strokes she attended as a child

Jen as Blair: Kimmel then turned to Aniston, who plays Blair Warner (originally played by Lisa Whelchel) and asked about the episode of Diff’rent Strokes she attended as a child

‘I sure did. It was 19 — well, it was — I can’t remember the year. But it was the episode that George Clooney was in,’ she said.

Clooney played handyman George Burnett, who was hired to help rebuild Mrs. Garrett’s store Edna’s Edibles after it burned to the ground, starring in 17 episodes between 1985 and 1987. 

Aniston joked that Clooney’s career, ‘kind of petered out’ after his run on Diff’rent Strokes, while Kimmel revealed that Aniston and Kathryn Hahn, who plays Jo Polniaczek (originally played by Nancy McKeon), have been cracking each other up in rehearsals.

Clooney: 'I sure did. It was 19 -- well, it was -- I can't remember the year. But it was the episode that George Clooney was in,' she said

Clooney: ‘I sure did. It was 19 — well, it was — I can’t remember the year. But it was the episode that George Clooney was in,’ she said

‘I laugh at Kathryn every time. We can’t make eye contact right now,’ Aniston said, while Hahn joked, ‘I thought we were doing Golden girls, so I’m in a whole other show.’ 

Allison Tolman, who plays Natalie Green (originally played by Mindy Cohn), joked that Aniston, ‘America’s sweetheart here,’ is the biggest bully on set.

Aniston said that the ‘special guest stars,’ who have been teased in the marketing but yet to be revealed, are the biggest bullies on set. 

Laughs: 'I laugh at Kathryn every time. We can't make eye contact right now,' Aniston said, while Hahn joked, 'I thought we were doing Golden girls, so I'm in a whole other show'

Laughs: ‘I laugh at Kathryn every time. We can’t make eye contact right now,’ Aniston said, while Hahn joked, ‘I thought we were doing Golden girls, so I’m in a whole other show’

Bully: Allison Tolman, who plays Natalie Green (originally played by Mindy Cohn), joked that Aniston, 'America's sweetheart here,' is the biggest bully on set

 Bully: Allison Tolman, who plays Natalie Green (originally played by Mindy Cohn), joked that Aniston, ‘America’s sweetheart here,’ is the biggest bully on set

Kimmel then turned to Jon Stewart, whose role has yet to be revealed, joking that he ‘nailed’ the sitcom after an appearance on The Nanny in 1997, asking why he would do a sitcom again. 

‘It’s money. It’s for the money and health insurance. As you can see, I’m not in the best shape. I hear good things about L.A hospitals. I’m excited to be here. My character is old Jew dressed as young Jew,’ Stewart  joked. 

Kimmel then turned to Lithgow, who plays Mr. Drummond, teasing a scene where he picks up Kevin Hart and carries him across the room, which Kimmel says is, ‘one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my life.  

Money: 'It's money. It's for the money and health insurance. As you can see, I'm not in the best shape. I hear good things about L.A hospitals. I'm excited to be here. My character is old Jew dressed as young Jew,' Stewart joked

Money: ‘It’s money. It’s for the money and health insurance. As you can see, I’m not in the best shape. I hear good things about L.A hospitals. I’m excited to be here. My character is old Jew dressed as young Jew,’ Stewart joked

John: Kimmel then turned to Lithgow, who plays Mr. Drummond, teasing a scene where he picks up Kevin Hart and carries him across the room, which Kimmel says is, 'one of the funniest things I've ever seen in my life

John: Kimmel then turned to Lithgow, who plays Mr. Drummond, teasing a scene where he picks up Kevin Hart and carries him across the room, which Kimmel says is, ‘one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my life

‘It was my idea. Kevin is not quite as light as I expected. Kevin is all muscle. I managed to get him across the stage and everybody laughed. So it works,’ Lithgow said, with Hart adding, ‘I’m a solid 165, America.’

Kimmel also confirmed that Ann Dowd will be playing Edna Garrett in both the Diff’rent Strokes and Facts of Life episodes.

Garrett was featured in the first one and a half seasons as Mr. Drummond’s first housekeeper, before she moved to The Facts of Life spin-off series. 

Double duty: Kimmel also confirmed that Ann Dowd will be playing Edna Garrett in both the Diff'rent Strokes and Facts of Life episodes

Double duty: Kimmel also confirmed that Ann Dowd will be playing Edna Garrett in both the Diff’rent Strokes and Facts of Life episodes

 

Spin-off: Garrett was featured in the first one and a half seasons as Mr. Drummond's first housekeeper, before she moved to The Facts of Life spin-off series

Spin-off: Garrett was featured in the first one and a half seasons as Mr. Drummond’s first housekeeper, before she moved to The Facts of Life spin-off series

Kimmel said Dowd did such a great job someone in the audience thought she was the real Charlotte Rea, who passed away three years ago.

Dowd joked, ‘Oh, I paid that audience member. Very kind,’ as Kimmel added, ‘I can’t wait for people to see you and how much you sound like Mrs. Garrett. I mean, it’s unbelievable.’

Kimmel then turned to the final cast member, Damon Wayans, playing Arnold’s older brother Willis Jackson, who was asked if he ever imagined sharing a bunk bed with Kevin Hart.  

Good job: Kimmel said Dowd did such a great job someone in the audience thought she was the real Charlotte Rea, who passed away three years ago

Good job: Kimmel said Dowd did such a great job someone in the audience thought she was the real Charlotte Rea, who passed away three years ago

Damon: Kimmel then turned to the final cast member, Damon Wayans, playing Arnold's older brother Willis Jackson, who was asked if he ever imagined sharing a bunk bed with Kevin Hart

Damon: Kimmel then turned to the final cast member, Damon Wayans, playing Arnold’s older brother Willis Jackson, who was asked if he ever imagined sharing a bunk bed with Kevin Hart

‘Only in my fantasies,’ Wayans joked, while Kimmel wondered who would be the most likely to curse on the air, Wayans or Hart, before Hart joked that the production will be a ‘s**tshow.’ 

‘I’ll tell you the truth, Jimmy, you know, you’re a producer on this thing, you haven’t been here. This is a s**tshow. We do not feel comfortable, we’re not confident that this thing is going to work,’ he said as the cast started laughing.

He added that a lot of the cast, ‘contemplated walking today,’ and added that a lot of curse words are going to come out of his mouth, as the segment came to an end.

Live In Front of a Studio Audience airs on Tuesday, December 7 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

Jokes: 'Only in my fantasies,' Wayans joked, while Kimmel wondered who would be the most likely to curse on the air, Wayans or Hart, before Hart joked that the production will be a 's**tshow.

Jokes: ‘Only in my fantasies,’ Wayans joked, while Kimmel wondered who would be the most likely to curse on the air, Wayans or Hart, before Hart joked that the production will be a ‘s**tshow.

Coming soon: Live In Front of a Studio Audience airs on Tuesday, December 7 at 8 PM ET on ABC

Coming soon: Live In Front of a Studio Audience airs on Tuesday, December 7 at 8 PM ET on ABC

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