- Published on Thursday, November 29 2012
- Written by Samantha Waranch
Cheesy courtroom television shows are one of my guilty pleasures. There, I said it. So, when I found out that actor/comedian Jamie Kennedy (Scream, Malibu’s Most Wanted, and host of the CW game show "Oh Sit!") had a new webseries poking fun at these shows, I couldn’t wait to check it out. The people are real, the cases are real, even the gavel is real. The judge? Not so real. In each episode, Jamie transforms into different judge characters, including an elderly Southern gentleman, a street-wise graduate of the school of hard knocks, and an argumentative Jewish woman. Yes, you read that correctly. The litigants come to the court in search of justice only to be taken on a crazy ride until the hidden cameras are revealed.
After watching all nine hilarious episodes in one sitting, I couldn’t wait to find out more about my favorite new webseries. I asked Jamie how "Kennedy’s Court" came about, and he replied “I hate court shows, so I wanted to make fun of them and the format. I also think that court shows are the perfect place for real comedy. These people have real problems that are hilarious, and the courtroom setting only amplifies it. It's great.”
I had to know how on earth he came up with the judge characters, and he told me, “It's a total collaboration. The writers created a description of all the characters, and the make-up artist created a look. Once I got the costume and make-up on, I naturally transformed into each character.”
As you can imagine, the people on the show have some interesting reactions to Kennedy’s ridiculousness and the hidden camera reveal, but I was curious to know Jamie’s favorite reaction. He said, “By far, my favorite case and reaction was Episode 4, 'The Ghetto Odd Couple'; during the reveal, when I told them it was a fake show and I was Jamie Kennedy, the older guy said, 'I understand that, but am I going to get my money?', and we kept going back and forth trying to get him to realize that it wasn't real. He was so honest and like a big teddy bear that his reaction made it 10 times better.”
What can the audience expect from future episodes? According to Kennedy, “You can expect to see a girl try to deny she's a stripper until the end when she finally comes out and admits it. There will also be a crazy Asian lady who is actually a porn star, but we didn’t find that out until after the episode was filmed.” So, make sure you check out "Kennedy’s Court" because small claims court will never be the same!
Samantha Waranch is a blogger, screenwriter, and author and has written articles for Girl’s Life Magazine. She loves all things Hollywood! Follow her on Twitter @SammiRobin.