‘Heartbeat’ Star Jamie Kennedy Says It’s ‘Easier’ for Comedians to Go Dark (Video)

“I always tell people comedians don’t really want to be funny,” Kennedy tells TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell during new installment of “Drinking With the Stars”

“Heartbeat” star Jamie Kennedy thinks that comedians are perfectly capable of taking on more serious roles.

“I would say it’s easier for us to be deeper and darker,” Kennedy told TheWrap’s Stuart Brazell during a new installment of “Drinking With the Stars.” “It’s simpler, because I always tell people comedians don’t really want to be funny. They’re just funny to make you feel more comfortable. If not they would be always spouting off some crazy shit.”

Kennedy said questions have arisen about his own dramatic chops, including an incident in a grocery store when a fan’s husband laughed at the idea of him playing a doctor.

Kennedy also praised the NBC show for the work of her co-star Melissa George, who portrays a real doctor.

“It’s got a very strong female lead,” he said of the series. “I know some other shows have had that. She’s based on a real person. She’s the top doctor [at Cedars-Sinai]. She’s a cardio-thoracic surgeon, which is very hard to do.”