AL.COM – CHRISTOPHER HARRESS
As Roy Moore’s seemingly surreal Alabama Senate campaign continues to trundle along unabated by allegations of sexual assault, it was perhaps unsurprising that a comedian and film crew from the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show would show up to poke fun at the twice-removed chief justice and his fervent supporters.
It all unfolded at the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore, Alabama, on a balmy Wednesday night of subterfuge from both the Kimmel film crew and Roy Moore staffers. The press being the victims on each occasion.
Jake Byrd, a fictional character that has appeared intermittently on Kimmel’s show, played by award-winning comedian and writer Tony Barbieri, was first spotted interrupting interviews with Moore supporters in the parking lot of the church ahead of Moore’s speech. Barbieri wore a pro-Moore T-shirt that had “Gimme Moore” splashed across the front.
Genuine Moore supporters asked where he’d got the T-shirt, a sure sign that Barbieri was hitting his mark as the Moore loving Byrd. Barbieri also held a Roy Moore sign in hand during the entire act.