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THE JAMIE KENNEDY EXPERIMENT
Season 3

Review by Gordon Justesen

Stars: Jamie Kennedy
Creators: Jamie Kennedy, Fax Bahr, Mike Karz, Adam Small
Audio: Dolby Surround
Video: Full Screen 1.33:1
Studio: Paramount
Features: See Review
Length: 475 Minutes
Release Date: January 25, 2005

Shows ***

That wacky prankster Jamie Kennedy is back once again for his third, and final, season of experiments. Kennedy, star of Scream and the upcoming Son of the Mask, has enjoyed a fun three year run with his innovative and highly funny series, The Jamie Kennedy Experiment, the show that pretty much brought the hidden camera prank show back into the forefront. But all good things must come to an end.

Although the sole flaw that the show carries is being not as hilarious as Ashton Kutcher's prank show, Punk'd (currently on hiatus), Jamie's show did come along first, and it always has enjoyed a bit of distinction from MTV's hit show. For one thing, Jamie places himself right in the middle of the act, going under excessive make up most of the time. He pranks the most unsuspecting of people right up until the signature phrase, "Youíve been X'd" is uttered.

One of the characters Jamie is highly noted for is that of Virginia Hamm, a heavy set African-American female with attitude galore. Yes, Jamie himself is playing this part and itís one youíll have to see to believe. Virginia pops up in three sketches in this season; "To Go", "Confused" and the remarkably funny "Food Fight".

Jamie also gets a little help from some noted celebrity guests, as he does every season. Who could forget last season's poison cologne incident with Jeff Goldblum? This time around, the likes of Anthony Anderson, Kathie Lee Gifford and Nicky Hilton pop up to participate in various acts of X-ing.

Although the show is now history, we have the miracle of DVD to thank for providing this hilarious show to those who may have not been able to catch it in its initial run on TV, such as myself. It has been quite an exuberant three seasons, and I look forward to re-visit this collection as much as possible.

Video ***

Though presented in a full screen presentation, this video job courtesy of Paramount, is a most exceptional one. The hidden camera shots aren't the best source of high video quality, but they manage to turn up nicely anyway. And the shots of Jamie with his studio audience are especially well rendered.

Audio ***

As in Seasons 1 & 2, the sound is mastered in Dolby 2.0, the fitting choice for a TV show of this magnitude. The segments with Jamie and his audience fare better, once again, but the prank segments have their own level of well rendered sound, and better than one would probably expect.

Features **

Included in this three disc package are alternative second marks for several of the aired pranks.

Summary:

The X-ing has come to an end. The Jamie Kennedy Experiment was a fun ride of a prank show that gave us three seasons of unexpected hilarity and effortless energetic reality comedy. Kudos to Jamie for putting himself out there in public risking his neck all in the name of comedic art.

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