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I hate reality TV. I loathe it. Reality TV consists of some of the worst shows in television history, like The Swan and The Littlest Groom. However, these shows are so popular with viewers and with networks that scripted shows are cancelled in order to make room for more reality junk (The WB admitted that it cancelled its long-running show Angel because they needed more reality). However, there is but one reality TV show that is not only good, it is one of the funniest shows that I have ever seen. The premise of the Jamie Kennedy Experiment, or JKX, is that Jamie, the host of a million faces, goes into disguise to "X" unsuspecting people. He has characters like Brad "B-Rad" Gluckman, the Jewish rapper from Malibu, a mobster who runs a pizza parlor, and Virginia Hamm, an African-American talk-show host. Yes, Jamie not only dresses up as a black woman, he passes for one! Kennedy is truly a master of disguise who can change his appearance and voice with ease. The reason that this show works, despite its reality TV genre, is that Jamie isn't over the top, isn't shameless (most of the time), and he gives people what they want. There are too many shows like Fear Factor where the whole idea is to gross out participants and viewers. Sadly, I doubt that this show will ever be the first to come to mind when talking about reality TV in the future, but it sure deserves to be. Some geat bits were the Spring Break jokes, the pizza delivery guy, the driving instructor, anything with Brad Gluckman, and the one where Jamie tried to X a fellow WB star.
It takes a great deal of nerve to take the old "Candid Camera" idea of filming unsuspecting people tricked by pranks, plaster your name on the name of the show, and then take that very old idea and call it an "experiment." The only thing new here is how elaborate and well-planned the pranks now are. Some of these hoaxes must have taken months to plot and plan. The result is some pretty funny stuff. There is also a very lame trick of having Kennedy pretend to have jaw surgery and needing to have his mouth wired open. This pathetic stunt is repeated several times throughout the first season - which hints that they were running out of ideas even then. Still, some great, hilarious bits. But it isn't an experiment. And it didn't start with Jamie Kennedy. Or Candid Camera (the idea was done on radio way back in the 1940's).
Thought I'd rent this after seeing Malibu's Most Wanted. After a tough day, I watched this and laughed my a** off!!! Great therapy!!! I kid you not, I was eating and started choking, I was laughing so hard. I calmed down for a few seconds, then drank some water to clear my throat -- but did a spit take because I could NOT stop laughing. If you like prank-phone call humor or anything where the joke is on the unsuspecting, check this out. Brilliant premises, set-ups, and execution! Jamie Kennedy does some awesome characters!!!
For under $35.00, the purchase of this 3 dvd disc set is just the fail-proof "experiment" everyone should take. If you like surprise comedy, you'll like this. It's funny, fresh and the setups are quite believable. Oh and I must say, with his arsenal of characters, Jamie is quite the "master of disguise". Characters like Brad Gluckman (the rapper from Malibu,Virginia Ham (the Oprah-like talk-show host)and "Judge Jamie" are hysterical. Can't wait for the next seasons to be released on DVD, I just hope Jamie doesn't do an "experiment" on me!!
I've been hooked on Jamie since the first time I saw his show. I watch it every week but I still got the set to keep for when friends who haven't seen them come over. One important question........ Where's Season 2?????
There are some awesome episodes on here. Like the one with the infomercial and the one with the test screening. And Judge Jamie is hilarious. If you watch The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, buy this. It is neato!
If you like the Jamie Kennedy Experiment you must get this 3 DVD set...TODAY. It's a commercial-free compilation of the entire first season, and it's just hysterical. Hands-down - this is the funniest DVD I have ever seen!