Jamie Kennedy: A little fib goes a long way
BY KEEGAN PROSSER
Comedian, actor and class clown Jamie Kennedy isn’t necessarily a liar, but he’s definitely creative when it comes to “telling the truth.”
You see, when Kennedy first moved to the City of Angels to be an extra in movies, it was a little lie that got his foot in the door. The lie? An imagined agent by the name of Marty Power.
Well, maybe it was less a lie, and more an alter ego. By day, Kennedy was selling toner at a local printing shop; by night – and every moment in between – he was making calls, as Marty Power, to book up-and-coming actor Jamie Kennedy.
After booking a number of bit parts, Kennedy landed his big break when he was cast in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” as Sampson, an eccentric Montague Boy with cotton-candy colored hair and a thing for guns.
Kennedy’s career soon kicked into high gear as he co-starred in his breakthrough performance as Randy Meeks, the video store clerk well-versed in the conventions of scary movies, in Wes Craven’s “Scream” and its follow-up “Scream 2.”
Other big screen accolades followed – including major roles in “Son of the Mask,” and “Malibu’s Most Wanted”
– the latter of which he both wrote and starred in.
On the small screen, Kennedy is probably best known for his sketch performances on his television reality
show, “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment”, which became the WB Network’s highest ranking new show in 2002.
The comedian/television producer/screenwriter/actor
also garnered attention for his role as psychology professor Eli James in the CBS drama Ghost Whisperer, which he starred in alongside former girlfriend, Jennifer Love Hewitt, until the show’s end in 2010. He also
starred in Lifetime’s “Foreclosed” earlier this year.
To say Kennedy’s rise is a bit unconventional would be an understatement, but it’s proved to be a success. And though he no longer requires the services of the now-infamous Marty Power, Kennedy continues to book gigs in a variety of genres – including drama, animation, reality, horror, action and thriller. Even so, he consistently returns to the stage to make people laugh.
Jamie Kennedy plays the Parlor Live Comedy Club
Oct. 10-12. $20-35. parlorlive.com
Keegan Prosser is a former staff writer at
the Bellevue Reporter. She lives in Seattle.