Jamie Kennedy never talks about his leading role in Malibu's Most Wanted, the white-boy-in-the-'burbs-pretending-he's-a-thug flick. That's because most of the time, he's actually funny. He'll be hitting the stage at the Tempe Improv, 930 East University, on Sunday, June 26, to prove it to you. The two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. will illustrate why we let him take a gimme on a sucky movie. His role as killer Randy Meeks in Wes Craven's Scream trilogy showcased his acting ability, but it was his sketch comedy show on the WB that proved Kennedy is the one writing the good jokes. The Jamie Kennedy Experiment was similar to Candid Camera, which matches the comedian's quirky style. Catch his off-the-wall humor in person for $20. Call 480-921-9877. -- Chelsea Ide
Friends and faux in Liza Live!
Friendly People Productions doesn't sound like the go-to group for a Lunch Time play about vitriol-spitting divas. But the folks who created 2004's cuddly Dog Lovers give it their bitchy best for the première of Cindy Brown's Liza Live! from Tuesday, June 28, through July 7 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. It's the story of a drag queen, his opera-singer roommate, and the director who must somehow keep everyone happy. Tickets are $5, and show time is 12:10 p.m. Call 602-254-7399, x104 or x106, or see www.herbergertheater.org for lunch info and other tidbits. -- Julie Peterson