Actor and stand-up comedian Jamie Kennedy said he's excited for his first-ever trip to the City of Firsts — a place he has heard only one thing about.
He laughed Wednesday night, saying the only thing he's heard about Kokomo is that it's home to a place called the Hip Hugger. He didn't know what it was, or at least he acted as if he didn't. He guessed, though, that it wasn't a place the women here should aspire for careers at.
Kennedy said he's sure he'll learn more about the city this weekend when he performs at Laugh House Kokomo, the downtown comedy club. His performances start tonight, with a show at 8 p.m. There will also be shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Wednesday, during a phone interview, he picked up a few new facts about the city. He was shocked to learn just how small Kokomo is. He's accustomed to playing at larger venues, he said.
That should only make the shows more special, though.
"Tiny towns are the best because the people there love you and are really appreciative of your performances," he said.
He said he'll try to repay that appreciation by entertaining audiences with his new one-hour special. It's autobiographical, he said. He'll be sharing stories from his life.
The moral of his show?
Hollywood isn't what it's cracked up to be, he said.
Kennedy has made a name for himself as both an actor and comedian. He played in Wes Craven's "Scream" and starred in "Malibu's Most Wanted."
He also appeared in “Bowfinger,” the Oscar-nominated “As Good As It Gets,” “The Three Kings" and “Enemy of the State.” In 2002, Kennedy created his own sketch comedy show “The Jamie Kennedy Experiment.” It quickly became The WB’s highest-ranking new show.
These days he's juggling his comedy tour with all of his other projects.
His movie "Hungover Games" was just released at Redbox, he said. He's also working on another project called "The After" with the creators of X-Files.
"I'm out there hustlin' for a dollar," he said.
He can't decide if he likes being an actor or stand-up comedian better, though. It's a tossup.
"I love the money from the shows and the instant audience reaction from live comedy," he said.
Kennedy said this weekend should be entertaining. His audiences always love when he puts hecklers in their place. He isn't afraid to call out those people who are talking and disrupting him during his show.
"People go crazy," he said. "They don't think I'm real up there. They must think it's like a hologram or something."
And after every show, he'll stay and snap some selfies with any fans who want their picture with him. That's always a lot of fun, he said, and fans seem to enjoy it.
So get out and see him perform, he said.
"Leave your grow houses for an hour to see the show, and then go back," he said, with a laugh.