November 27, 2022


Art Is Experience

‘Cousin’ Sal Iacono on gambling with JImmy Kimmel, Jon Hamm

It is 1 point for a gambler to hazard funds on a wager. It is fairly an additional to set his gonads on the line.

“Cousin Sal” Iacono — greatest identified for his appearances on “Jimmy Kimmel Reside!,” hosted by his genuine cousin Jimmy — falls into the gonad-imperiling class.

During a 2017 episode of his “Cousin Sal’s Certain Thing,” a movie series in which he gave out football betting picks on Facebook, Iacono, also a “Kimmel” writer, was so assured about his prediction of the NFL Seattle Seahawks defeating the Atlanta Falcons, he added a sweetener.

“I claimed that if I was incorrect, I’d be ready to get punched in the nuts by [my pal] Johnny Knoxville,” Iacono, 49, and a married father of three, instructed The Publish. “But times afterwards, Johnny jumped the gun. He slugged me in the groin very long before the match even began.”

Iacono doubled more than in soreness and breathlessly asked for that Knoxville study the relaxation of his picks.

That was not the only time that sporting activities betting designed bodily danger for Iacono. As relevant in his new memoir, “You Can not Reduce Them All: Tales of a Degenerate Gambler and his Ridiculous Friends” (Twelve), the former genuine-estate attorney as soon as obtained a wager likely with some “Live!” business office mates. The Los Angeles Lakers ended up actively playing the Boston Celtics for the 2010 NBA championship, and Iacono and two some others wished to obtain a trio ready to make a silly bet versus them: Whoever picks the dropping side would go through a cycle of steroids.

“Nobody would get the bet,” claimed Iacono, a Brooklynite who now lives in LA. “So we came up with an additional strategy. The three of us would get Botox injections in our foreheads if the finals went for the entire seven game titles.”

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They dropped and wished to do the deed atop a moving double-decker bus. “But the health care provider administering the photographs claimed it could be negative if we hit a pothole” — perhaps producing the needle to go awry and final result in blindness. “Instead, we did it on the roof of a constructing. We wished to set it on the [Kimmel] exhibit but a attorney went mad. He added, ‘You ­idiots did this for nothing.’”

In some cases Iacono’s gambling losses are monetary and bodily. These types of was the scenario when he, superstar chef David Chang and sporting activities analyst Monthly bill Simmons gambled immediately after a food at Chang’s Momofuku cafe in Las Vegas. After they dropped hundreds at blackjack, Chang instructed striving their luck at craps.

But there was 1 wrinkle: Chang likes to bet what is identified as the “don’t pass line,” in which you wager on the residence to earn and fellow players to get rid of. Iacono and Simmons played like Chang performs. “People get mad when you root for them to get rid of,” claimed Iacono. “This 1 male was so indignant that he began whipping the dice at us. We still left the table with welts. It was a loss all all over.”

He also brought Chang into his fantasy football league, which has a special rule in which the year winner can ban any 1 participant for the coming 12 months.

Lacono is a writer on his cousin Jimmy Kimmel’s (left) show.
Iacono is a writer on his cousin Jimmy Kimmel’s (still left) exhibit.

When “Mad Men” was the most popular exhibit on tv, its star was specified the boot. “Jon Hamm, I guess, just appeared like he’d be the funniest individual [to eject],” claimed Iacono.

After dashing from the established to the coming season’s draft, held in a private area earlier mentioned a bar in LA, Hamm requested a beer. “He obtained kicked out, downed his drink and coolly still left the bar in common Don Draper style. The following pair of times, Hamm was, like, ‘I do not want you losers.’” By the following year, he rejoined.

Iacono will wager on most anything. He has bet with Adam Corolla on “Dancing with the Stars” outcomes and dropped a wager that Pete Townshend would smash his guitar when The Who played the 2010 Tremendous Bowl halftime exhibit. (“He laid it down daintily, as if it was a precious Beanie Newborn and he was concerned about bending the tag.”)

And then there ended up the 2017 ­Oscars. “My cousin Jimmy was host I obtained to generate for the exhibit and that must have been sufficient euphoria, but I bet a parlay” — a wager that demanded him to effectively forecast 4 winners.

“Cousin” Sal Iacono
“Cousin” Sal Iacono
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He had three in the bag when Very best Image came up. Iacono picked “La La Land” — which was 1st incorrectly referred to as the winner. Iacono believed he had snagged $3,500 ­until “Moonlight” really won.

There is 1 point he avoids: online poker. “I’d have no time for my little ones,” Iacono claimed, “and the divorce would price tag me additional than what I could quite possibly make at poker.”