07/27/2011 10:37 am ET | Updated Sep 26, 2011

What Is The Debt Ceiling? Kimmel Asks People On The Street (VIDEO)

Almost every late night host this week has touched on the debt ceiling debate, and Tuesday night Jimmy Kimmel took a shot at it by doing some hilarious man-on-the-street style interviews.

Admitting that he doesn't know much about it himself, Kimmel joked about how "debt ceiling" sounds like "a very boring John Grisham novel." Since he can't make sense of what the politicians are arguing about, Kimmel took it to the streets and asked the people of Los Angeles, "What exactly is the debt ceiling?"

As you may be able to tell by the photo of a man in a Chewbacca costume above, the answers (and individuals) were pretty hilarious. Watch and hear all their answers below.


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