Jimmy Kimmel and film star guest Seth Rogen are recorded on Kimmel's webcam during a power outage on set.

Jimmy Kimmel and film star guest Seth Rogen are recorded on Kimmel's webcam during a power outage on set. (Jimmy Kimmel Live!)

LOS ANGELES -- Jimmy Kimmel didn't let a lack of electricity stop his show taping this week. Instead, he grabbed his laptop and recorded the entire show with his computer's webcam.

According to show publicist, Chelsea Hettrick, the power went out Monday night about an hour before "Jimmy Kimmel Live" was set to begin taping at its Hollywood studio. She says the outage shut down the control room, broadcast transmission center and tape operations area.

At the top of Tuesday's broadcast, Kimmel explained to viewers what had happened.

"We're having a technical problem tonight, so I decided to do the whole show from my computer," Kimmel explained in his office, as he aimed his laptop's built-in webcam at himself.

Walking on stage, he pivoted the camera to show his cheering studio audience.

"Can't we just plug into whatever that beacon is, right there?" he asked, pointing to the bright studio lights -- apparently unaffected by the outage.

The unconventional production technique caused a day's delay. A repeat episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" aired Monday.

Production was kept to a minimum for Tuesday's broadcast, which included guests Seth Rogen, comedian John Henson and country artist Dierks Bentley.

"I promise nothing terrible like this will ever, ever happen again," Kimmel told viewers as he signed off.

It's not known what caused the power outage.