Jimmy Kimmel dishes on Houston tiger in national late-night skit

A tiger seen in west Houston on May 9, 2021. (KPRC2, Copyright 2021 by KPRC Click2Houston - All rights reserved.)

HOUSTON – The tiger seen roaming around a Houston neighborhood is now the subject of jokes on the national late-night comedy circuit.

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Jimmy Kimmel devoted a couple of minutes of his opening stand-up routine to the tiger, referencing tweets from the Houston Police Department and showing footage of the tiger from when the animal was prowling on a Houston residential lawn and street.

It was in reference to this tweet that Kimmel quipped, “Listen, if I see a tiger, I’m not dialing ten numbers. I’m dialing 9-1-1 and that’s it.”

Kimmel also featured the tiger in a mock mug shot as well as a disguise, and referenced “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic.

“In order to catch a tiger, you must free the tiger king,” Kimmel joked.

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