Michael Dimich, Tim Gibbons
The one thing that the show had too much of early on was Jamie setting up the clips, but that was quickly zapped after a few episodes. They also started bringing some of the “had” people on the show after showing them get embarrassed, and despite giving them prepared lines to deliver, that was fun to see—it’s always nice to know that folks “got the joke” and didn’t take it all too seriously. If anything, that would be my main nitpick with the show, in that it barely gives us any time with the X’d people once they’re told that they’ve been secretly taped. They show their quick reaction, the quick freeze and then return to Jamie live in the studio. Hey man…how about giving us a thorough reaction from these people and/or some conversation with them? I want to know what they were thinking while the whole thing was going down. That aside, if you’re into watching others get pranked, you definitely have to catch this show, which is packed with loads of episodes, sketches and laughs.
The extras also include a 20-minute feature called “Conversations with the Creators” of the show, which includes interviews with Jamie himself, along with three of the producers. It’s semi-interesting, if only to know how they came up with the general idea, but it’s too long and they basically just end up saying the same things over and over again. They also include clips from Kennedy’s old stand-up shows (which featured some of his characters from the show), as well as 1-2 bloopers, but not enough. Kennedy himself starts disc 1 off with a 40-second intro which promises “bloopers”, that I was looking forward to seeing, but they never materialized. Not cool. “2nd Marks for JKX” is 40 minutes worth of “second takes” of sketches that already aired, but with other people aka “2nd marks”. These sketches are interesting, if only to watch for variety’s sake, but seeing as they weren’t picked to be on the show in the first place, you can imagine that they’re not as funny as the ones that were shown on the show. They also toss a 30-second TV promo for the show in here for kicks.