Why Jamie Kennedy Mocks His ‘Tremors’ Movies In His Standup Act

by Jeremy Spirogis
Jamie Kennedy on stage

When Jamie Kennedy takes the stage at a standup comedy membership, you would possibly assume the viewers there would know him from Scream or probably his TV present The Jamie Kennedy Experiment. In his newest particular, Stoopid Smart, the announcer introduces Kennedy because the star of Tremors 6. Kennedy proceeds to do extra jokes in regards to the Tremors sequels, of which he starred in 5 and 6.

Jamie Kennedy on stage
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The launch of Stoopid Smart coincides with Kennedy’s 50th birthday on May 25. Kennedy spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about his standup particular, which is offered by means of the month of June on Tubi.

Jamie Kennedy makes use of self-deprecating humor to win the viewers 

Kennedy feels he has to defuse among the rigidity between himself and the viewers at the start of his set. Especially in the event that they’re followers of his massive motion pictures like Scream, he has to take the sting off his profession. 

“For me, I have a lot to do in the first five minutes because I have baggage,” Kennedy stated. “So when people see me, they know me, they know from certain things so they might wonder what I’ve been doing if they haven’t folowed me as closely. If you haven’t been in a huge movie or TV show in a little while, they’re like, ‘Where’ve you been?’ but it doesn’t mean you’re not working.”

There is a lot content material now that new audiences would possibly now make sure the place to see Kennedy subsequent. So he turns it right into a joke. 

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Jamie Kennedy | Michael Schwartz/WireImage

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“I have to come out, I kinda have to introduce myself,” Kennedy stated. “I kinda have to then ingratiate myself, be self-deprecating, make them laugh, disarm them and then slowly get them on my side and then slowly, slowly bring them to my way of thinking. So it’s five things to do at once.” 

It’s a excessive class drawback being Jamie Kennedy

Once you’re a longtime standup comedian, and particularly in case you’ve been a film and tv actor too, any viewers is coming to your present with expectations. In some regards, it’s simpler for brand new comics.

“An unknown comic has to just come out and be funny,” Kennedy stated. “There’s no baggage. It’s not bad, it’s not good. It is what it is but I do find you have to get them on your side and educate them, or entertain.”

Still, these are excessive class issues. If you’re so lucky as to achieve success in motion pictures or on tour, Kennedy is completely happy to make use of his self-deprecating humor to interrupt the ice.

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“Oh yeah, it is,” Kennedy agreed. “It’s not a problem but it is a little work. I’ve got to pop in and do the thing but my fans or people who follow me know me and like me. New people you have to do that for. I kind of have this persona as a fun, lovable guy who is kinda like, ‘Oh, Jamie. He’s fun. He’s like an escape.’”

The ‘Tremors 6’ joke got here from actual life 

Kennedy stated he’s joked about different tasks in earlier units, however Tremors 6 is an efficient reference for his present set. 

“I just think that’s such a good joke to start,” Kennedy stated. “I haven’t stopped working however generally individuals surprise in the event that they haven’t seen you in one thing big, they’re like, ‘Where’ve you been?’ So then I inform them I did Tremors 6 and so they’re like, ‘What? I didn’t know there was a Tremors 5.’ It’s a great way to interrupt the ice.’”

It additionally speaks to the bizarre phenomenon of present business. One of Kennedy’s jokes in Stoopid Smart is that folks name out his credit. They wouldn’t try this to individuals in different professions.

“You become like a thing which is good,” Kennedy stated. “You’re a thing and people come up to you so they know you as a thing I guess. I guess it’s like Dial soap walked down the street and they’re like, ‘Oh, what’s up, Dial, man? Good shower!’ That’s how they know you. They know you from stuff they saw you in. They don’t know you personally so it makes sense.”

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