The Jamie Kennedy Experiment

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The Jamie Kennedy Experiment is a half-hour-long American hidden camera/practical joke reality television series that debuted in 2002 and was broadcast on The WB. The host and star of the show is Jamie Kennedy, a comedian who presented a reality TV format which combined hidden camera with sketch comedy. The show was cancelled in April 2004 after having failing ratings on The WB[citation needed]. It was then picked up by the G4 network for syndication in October 2006.

Format[edit]

The show's format vaguely resembled that of earlier TV shows like Candid Camera.

In the show, Kennedy travelled across the U.S. and found people to participate in his on-camera practical jokes ("experiments"). Usually there was at least one person (who was in on the joke) and the "mark" or victim of the prank (usually a friend or relative of the accomplice). Kennedy dons one of several disguises and assumed a character of his own creation to be part of the gag, often using a different voice. The mark then finds him/herself in some bizarre, unbelievable situation. When it appeared that the mark has had as much nonsense as he or she could tolerate, Kennedy delivered his punchline: "You've been X'ed!".

Recurring sketches[edit]

  • "Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman" - A skit where Jamie portrayed a stereotypical white rapper, often trying to convince the mark to let him stay at his/her house. The "B-Rad" character was later spun off into a movie, Malibu's Most Wanted.
  • "Pizza Delivery" - A skit where a mark was hired as a pizza delivery boy to a pizza shop run by the mafia.
  • "Judge Jamie" - A parody on numerous judge shows, Jamie played the role of James W. Leighland, an old, confused, and incompetent judge, often with perverted tendencies.
  • "Jaw Surgery" - A skit where Jamie "X'es" his marks by pretending to have just had jaw surgery, and had to wear a metal-wire contraption that keeps his mouth open. He played different characters in different skits, but they have all just had the same gag.
  • "Virginia Hamm" - A parody of daytime talk shows, Jamie would undergo an entire transformation and become a heavyset Black female talk show host.
  • "You Be the Judge" - Another parody on judge shows, a mark was picked to be the judge for an episode, and had to preside over a case with an extremely unusual plaintiff or defendant.
  • "Lou Hollander" - A skit where Jamie portrayed a driving school teacher, with the student as his mark, and had to "take a detour" during the lesson due to family/marital issues. Also used during the second season, but with Lou Hollander having a paper route instead.
  • "Old Rascal" - A skit where Jamie dressed up as Mario, the world's oldest waiter, and the gag on the mark was that Mario was retiring, and he/she would be his last table.

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