This is very exciting for us at infamous horrors, when I(AJ Friar) joined this site I had no idea where it would take me and I have gotten to interview a lot of people during my time here and I hope you enjoyed all of the interviews. This time we got to speak to Jamie Keenedy from Scream and the Tremors franchise. Here’s the interview.
AJ Friar: James, how you doing today?
Jamie Keenedy: Good. Where are you at, man?
AJ Friar: I’m in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jamie Keenedy: Okay.
AJ Friar: So, thank you so much for joining us today at infamoushorrors.com, and congratulations on the new stand-up you have.
Jamie Keenedy: Thanks, bro. I appreciate it.
AJ Friar: I just watched it this morning, actually, to kind of get myself ready for the interview. I thought it was really needed in quarantine to have a good continuous laugh that you kept going on. You talked about your involvement in the horror genre with Tremors. How did that come about, you joining the Tremors franchise?
Jamie Keenedy: Well, my agent came, I saw an offer, I talked to them, and then I had a meeting. They were going to redo another Tremors. I took a meeting, and I read the script, and I loved it, and that’s how I jumped on board.
AJ Friar: You also talked about how they’re rebooting everything. You can decline this question if you feel like it, but what are your thoughts on the upcoming Scream 5 that is coming out, if you have any thoughts on it?
Jamie Keenedy: I mean, I haven’t really thought about it. I’ve been dead for over 20 years, you know? Well, 20 actually, because it came out in 2000.
AJ Friar: Yeah.
I mean, look, Scream is the greatest part of my life. It’s a great legacy, but I really don’t know what to say about it other than I’m pretty sure I’m dead. I love that it’s this beautiful thing and keeps going. I hope they keep going and keep doing lots of stuff, but I think I’m dead. I mean, if I get a call, I’ll let you know.
AJ Friar: I mean, nowadays you never know if anybody’s really dead in past movies now with what they do with reboots.
Jamie Keenedy: Totally.
AJ Friar: How was your connection with fans going to horror and conventions? Because, I seen your name actually pop up on a few horror and conventions in Charlotte, and I’m wondering, how do you feel in connecting with fans when you can go out to those?
Jamie Keenedy: How is my convention?
AJ Friar: Like, how is it to connect with fans during the conventions that you go to?
Jamie Keenedy: They’re really good. I mean, fans, they love to come and talk about Scream and ask me questions. They’re really passionate about it, so I love the fans. They’re so good to me, and they’re really there to help support horror and comic books. Those conventions, they’re just great. People just really, really are so passionate and it’s really great to see.
AJ Friar: So when you were in the beginning, thinking about becoming an actor or a stand-up comedian, what were some of the first things you did, or talk to yourself about like, “All right, I’m finally going to go out and try to accomplish this”?
Jamie Keenedy: What did I do? I just was like, “I’m going to…” I don’t know, I wanted to move to L.A. and I knew I had to be in L.A., and I knew I had to be near L.A., and I said, “I’m going to go out there.” Then, I moved to L.A. and I started working at Pizza Hut and I also started to try to do extra work. That’s how I start started, I thought, “What’s the easiest barrier to entry?”
AJ Friar: What were some of the most fun experiences you had first starting out in L.A.?
I worked at a job that was an interactive play. It was called, Tamara. Tamara, that was the name of it. It had actors that I recognize movies and TV, and it also had… I was a bus boy, but I also got to be dressed in the way the people looked in the play, so it was interactive, you know?
AJ Friar: Right.
Jamie Keenedy: So, that was pretty cool. So, I was working as a bus boy, but I also was kind of in the play, but not really. It was very cool to just see that, and that’s kind of how my career started. I kind of got in behind the scenes of things to see how everything worked. Just an exciting thing just to be on a set, to be
AJ Friar: Right, just to see how everything comes together being on set. Yeah.
Jamie Keenedy: Yeah. To make money, to be on a set, it’s like something that was so foreign to me. I was always told you had to get a job and it was terrible. To be able to make money doing something that’s fun was incredible. So, that was a real eyeopener for me.
AJ Friar: I’ve always been a fan of yours, and I wanted to tell you this side note of a story when I was growing up. One of my nicknames in like middle school was Malibu because I thought I was the coolest thing ever growing up. Right? One of my nicknames the kids gave me was Malibu growing up. It’s just…
Jamie Keenedy: Oh, you were like B-Red.
AJ Friar: Yeah.
Jamie Keenedy: Oh, wow. That’s awesome.
AJ Friar: What are your thoughts on the quarantine situation, especially with stand up and material like David Spade said, after this is gone or after you have a vaccine, and a lot of the jokes are probably going to be quarantine themed and you don’t want to be that guy, or that stand-up act, that just kind of reminds everybody of what just happened.
Jamie Keenedy: Yeah, he’s right. I mean, I don’t know. I guess you could tell your own experience of what happened. This is a worldwide thing that we’ve all experienced, and it’s like we can all talk about it. But at some point, yeah, you’re going to have to have your own jokes. People are going to get tired of that. But yeah, I
mean, I don’t know. I think comedy right now, I think there’s a lot of stuff. A lot of stuff’s going on in the world, and so I think people, first thing they got to do is use logic, get through all this, and stand on the side of what’s just and good.
AJ Friar: Right.
Jamie Keenedy: Comedy is not as important right now as getting things right in our world. Then, people want to laugh, then maybe comedy can provide an outlet. But right now, we’ve got to get a lot of things right.
AJ Friar: Yeah. Have you been doing stuff in quarantine that you usually don’t have the time to do, and that you’re finding yourself writing scripts or stand-up material that you wouldn’t have gotten to in the past because your time wouldn’t be so consumed by other projects, and now you kind of found yourself in this free time?
Jamie Keenedy: Yeah. I mean, I’m getting scripts together, I’m getting my podcast together, I’m fixing my house, I’m dealing with stocks, I’m dealing with a lot of stuff. So, it’s a good time for me to just get all my stuff together. I’m trying to stay healthy and just get everything together. I mean, we’re all forced to stay home, so it’s a time that we can all get caught up, if you will.
AJ Friar: Yeah. One final question for you, Jamie, what is your outlook on everything that is currently going on with streaming and movie theaters during this coronavirus thing? Everything is changing, even like with your new stand-up, it went to a streaming service, like Tubi
, and it’s only becoming more evolved by the second. It seems like some movie deals from studios and streaming services get locked in now because it’s just so uncertain. You being a movie star, what are your thoughts of what’s going on in the film industry?
Jamie Keenedy: I think that basically streaming is here, it’s not going to go away. It’s going to keep going and going and going and going. I think movies theaters are going to be disrupted, that’s just the truth. They might not like to hear that, but the way the world is, people are a little bit more trepidatious with this virus, there’s a lot of stuff happening outside in the world that people may not want to go out as much.
Jamie Keenedy: I’m not saying they will, but movie theaters, people who can get their content at home, their phone, they get their content anywhere. So as long as you can enjoy your content, I think it’s going to change. I think movie theaters are going to be disrupted. I don’t think that they want to accept that, but evolution, technology, this is what happens. I think people are going to, wherever they can get their content, whether it’s in their headset, VR, there’s a lot of stuff that’s going to come that’s going to make you feel like you’re sitting in a movie theater.
AJ Friar: Right.
Jamie Keenedy: You put on a VR headset, you really feel like you’re in some other world. So, I could watch any movie in a VR headset and I don’t need to go out to do it.
AJ Friar: Right. I just recently bought the Philips Hue HDMI Sync Box with a few Philip Hue lights, and basically anything you have going through an HDMI input, the colors of the lights will sync up to whatever is going on a screen and it feels like you’re in a 4DX theater. So even stuff like that is evolving to help you feel like you’re still in a movie theater at your home.
Jamie Keenedy: Oh, that’s incredible. I got to get that. You got to DM me that information.
AJ Friar: I will, if you don’t mind. But yeah, it’s really amazing.
Jamie Keenedy: Yeah.
AJ Friar: If you’re big into your home theater, that’s something you have to add to it because it just sets the ambiance and it adds more into your home viewing and it really makes it that much more fun to host and entertain people in your theater too.
Jamie Keenedy: Yeah, I would love that, definitely. DM that information, that sounds incredible. That’s what I’m saying. They’re very reasonable. You could go get a new TV with a soundbar, bam, put it up, and you can have a killer experience in your theaters. So yeah, I agree. I think it’s going to change a lot.
AJ Friar: Well, Jamie, thank you so much for joining us today at Infamous Horrors. It’s been really fun. I hope you can continue to stay safe, and can’t wait for your new projects to come out.
Jamie Keenedy: Okay, man. Thank you so much, and I appreciate it. You too, my friend, keep doing what you’re doing.
AJ Friar: All right, have a good day, Jamie.
Jamie Keenedy: You too, brother. Bye-bye