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Oscar winner Matt Damon hosts "Jimmy Kimmel Live" after opening the show as a kidnapper, tying Kimmel, seated, to a chair with duct tape and gagging him with his own tie. For years, Kimmel had joked at the end of his show that he ran out of time and was unable to bring Damon on as a guest. Picture: AP

Matt Damon is becoming a TV comedy regular.

Showtime said this week that Damon would guest star next week on House of Lies. He'll play what the channel called a "maniacal megastar" version of himself.

Last month, Damon staged a mock takeover of Jimmy Kimmel's TV talk show, tying Kimmel to a chair and acting as host for a night.

On the just-ended 30 Rock, Damon appeared in several episodes as boyfriend to Tina Fey's character Liz Lemon.

On the next episode of House of Lies - to screen in the US on Sunday - Damon seeks help in finding a charity to carry his name.

The actor plays opposite House of Lies star Don Cheadle, his friend and a cast mate in the Ocean's Eleven movie franchise.