Jamie Kennedy said it is weird to think of himself as a celebrity, but whether he likes to admit it, he is one. Best known for his role as Randy, the movie know-it-all in “Scream” and “Scream 2,” he also had smaller parts in “Bowfinger,” “Three Kings”, and “Romeo and Juliet.”
After making a name for himself in supporting movie roles, this Pennsylvania native is now enjoying the success of his new show, “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” (JKX).
Kennedy, back in the Philadelphia area last week for the NBA All-Star festivities, sat down to talk about life in a small town, his career — the highs and lows — and his new venture into television.
“‘The Jamie Kennedy Experiment’ is like ‘Candid Camera’ meets ‘Mad TV’ influenced by the Jerky Boys meets … umm … Flip Wilson,” Kennedy said in a half-joking manner.
The WB variety show features Kennedy playing pranks while disguised as a variety of different characters. His alter egos vary from a guy who hires people to be his friends on his birthday, to a lifeguard who can’t actually swim. Prosthetics will often be part of Kennedy’s transformation.
Each episode poses an important social question— this is the experiment — such as: “Just how much will a guy look past in order to be with a beautiful woman?”
His favorite character to play is Virginia Hamilton. “She’s a 250 pound black women who has her own talk show,” Kennedy said. “I was in make-up for six hours; it’s the furthest thing from me. I mean, I’m playing a woman, and for her to be from a different race … it’s just all a lot of fun.”
Doing the show has allowed Kennedy to express himself in a different way and also to use some of his stand-up bits.
“Some of the characters are ones that I’ve been developing for years since I first started out in Los Angeles and have been doing stand-up. Others though, are pieces from the writers, and then I kind of give them a life of their own,” he said.
Kennedy, however, is enjoying the spot he is in. His dreams right now?
“I want this show to be around for a while, I want to star in my own action flick and I’d love to create a cartoon character,” Kennedy said.
Because of the show, Kennedy said he is finally becoming happy.
“I’m not 100 percent yet, but I am getting there. I’ve had many paths in life and I’ve taken all of them. I’ve had an amazing film path, now it’s time for me to have a television path. All the feelings I have though, I keep right here,” Kennedy said, clasping his heart.
Kennedy is once again bringing his humor to the table.
“The Jamie Kennedy Experiment” airs Sundays at 8 p.m.