Which Will Last Longer: MTV’s PRANKED or COLLEGE HUMOR

I heard rumors that MTV isn’t going to renew College Humor, but I quite like the Pranked show staring Amir Blumenfeld and Streeter Siedell (haven’t these guys heard of friggin’ stage names)?

The College Humor brand is strong, and the web content is exceptional. But for reasons I can’t explain, this stuff doesn’t transfer to 20-minute shows. My frog prank video was on Pranked last night, which prompted me to watch it for the first time. I liked it… Amir and Streeter have good rapport, and added to the clips more than the typical WebJunk racket. I loved the teaser and outro… “This wife finds something slimy in her bedroom and it’s not her husband,” and “that poor frog had to touch those disgusting feet.” Playing it via TiVo was a fun way to wake up my wife this morning.

Hey- at least the show probably costs virtually nothing to produce (relative to a typical network show). We’re talking about a small crew in an apartment and paltry license fees for the clips. If MTV can’t profit on this show, then there’s too much overhead upstairs.

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How Many Dominos Ads Will it Take to Offset Kristy Lynn Hammonds?

Dominos workers post themselves on YouTube with boogers on sandwiches.

How many Dominos ads will it take to offset this? Kristy Lynn Hammonds videotapes Michael Anthony Setzer putting toppings in nose, then uploads it to YouTube where it goes nuts. They were both fired, and ended up with low ratings, bad comments, and felony charges.

Setzer is making sandwiches while a giggling Hammonds narrates and urges him to “do it again, do it again” in putting the cheese up his nose,” according to this report. “It appears he threw some of the cheese in the garbage but some went on a sandwich.” Setzer says: “This is Michael’s special Italian sandwich.”

“We got blindsided by two idiots with a video camera and an awful idea,” said a Domino’s spokesman, Tim McIntyre, who added that the company was preparing a civil lawsuit. “Even people who’ve been with us as loyal customers for 10, 15, 20 years, people are second-guessing their relationship with Domino’s, and that’s not fair.”

Online Video Reviews Likes Me

I’m in the process of positive change, and I deserve the best. That’s the mantra I’ve been citing this morning from my Louise Hay “You Can Heal Your Life“) book on tape. Go buy it via my my Amazon affiliate link, or get a gift card or some kind of crap like that. I’ve made $1.05 on the Amazon affiliate program in August! Amazon gift cards

What was I saying? Oh- Online Video Reviews wrote a nice piece about me. He liked my mall pranks video. Now that my back pain seems to have subsided, I’m feeling a renewed desire to humiliate myself in public. Any suggestions?

Man I like OVR’s WordPress template. I’ve got wordpress template envy. I deserve the best wordpress template.

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The Guys That Prank Called Us at 4, 5 and 6 am

Every once in a while someone decides it would be original and cute to prank call us.

In this particular case, the caller woke my family at 4, 5 and 6 am from the phone number 562-322-5116. Apparently the children of AT&T customer Joe Lopez, whose relative Lillian lives at 8119 Golden, Paramount, California 90723. $50K annual income on a $243K house.

It wasn’t even a “is your fridgeorator running?” funny call. Just kids shuffling the phone around like they thought they were NASA scientists for getting me on the phone.

Canadian Internet Starlet Meets Viral Video Genius

Sophia (aka Mugglesam) goes to a Canadian Internet conference and meets the viral video genius. So fascinating to relive this day through the eyes of a shorter child than me.

And if you’re marketing to kids or parents, help me understand why you wouldn’t make Sophia your spokeperson. Because otherwise she might be a tractor when she grows up.

Hi, eBaums World

mall prank comedy videoOh, hi. Did you get here from eBaumsWorld? I’m on the homepage with this “Mall Pranks” video. I think I’d have spent more time making it if I knew it was going to keep getting views and features a year or so later. The YouTube version has almost 3 million views for reasons I can’t quite explain.

Anyway, I don’t get too bothered when someone rips my videos and submits them in their name. It’s a little annoying when they make money or don’t credit you, though. The elusive Heishi must have ripped and posted this version. She’s not responding to messages, and since her account was just created days ago it’s probably a lost cause. Still, her piracy got me some homepage coverage so I can’t complain. And the weird thing is that some people recognized me (per the comments). Who’d have thought eBaums and YouTube viewers overlap?

POSTSCRIPT (June 8, 2008): I have to give it to eBaumsWorld. When l33t Dwarf Horses got featured by someone else, they made right by it. And that dandy video did a whooping 1.5 stars out of five. Now they’ve fixed this Mall Prank attribution.

Soundboard Prank: Dr. Phil Speaks to Survey Telemarketer

Heard of sound boards? Here’s one for Dr. Phil, where you can press various buttons to get some of his best soundbites. A new sport for the yougun’s today is the sound-board prank. Here’s a wonderful example that had me in stitches. It works so well because of the strong ego embedded in Dr. Phil’s tone that is such a stark contrast from what we might expect in a self-help guru.

Now enjoy the Spricket24 prank call, which was done by an amateur with a lot of patience. It’s fun to hear people baffled by an audio recording of a video that mentions you.

Be the “Life of Your Office” With These Tasteless Pranks

I love a slow-boil video, and this one delivers some hysterical prank bits that become increasingly tasteless… from desktop and fax pranks to “shivving” and murder. All with whispy 1940s commercial music. “Five April Fool’s Office Pranks” on Break.com.

I also enjoy the repetition of a gag, like this skinny Brit’s unbridled enthusiasm when his pranks succeed. It reminds me of Green Acres when there would be a gag that would echo several times in the same episode.

Thanks to the guy in my office who passed this on, and presumably wants to shiv his boss.

Rick Astley Makes Come Back With “Never Gonna Give You Up”

Rick AstleyWarning: YouTube prank spoiler here. If you haven’t spent some time on YouTube’s homepage today, stop reading immediately.

If you have been there, you might have noticed that each of the attractive thumbnails take you to the same video. Rick Astley’s supah cheesy “Never Gonna Give You Up.” You’ve been “rickrolled.”

My hats off to the person that sold this internally. I’ve watched this video recently, and I’m quite sure I didn’t find it on my own. I wish I could remember where I found it. According to Wikipedia, Around the year 2007, posting mislabeled links to the video on the Internet became popular, in a prank known as “rickrolling.”

I can just hear the discussion at a YouTube “April’s Fool Brainstorming” meeting last week in San Bruno.

  • The prankster: So here’s my big idea. All these captivating homepage thumbnails, but every click goes to Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up.”
  • Stephen Chen: Who? Who’s Ricky Ashley?
  • Prankster: A 1980s star. When were you bor… never mind.
  • Editorial: That would give Astley an unfair advantage above other 1980s musicians trying to lift themselves out of oblivian. Like Weird Al. Then again, he’s big on Revver.
  • Tall, Balding Advertising Guy: It would give him millions and millions of views. Would we charge his agent a CPM or “per click”?
  • Community Lady: Who invited the bald guy with the bad breath? Anyway, I’m not sure people will get it. And they may get annoyed.
  • Advertising Guy: Wait, Goth Lady- can we host the video and take 100% of the advertising revenue? Like we’d just post it on a “house” partner’s account?
  • Stephen Chen: I don’t know. I’d rather go back to the original idea of putting the logo upside down. That smacks of comedic brilliance.
  • Mark Day: Righto, Stephen! That’s hysterical. Upside down logo. Steven Chen pees with Mark DayLOLLOLLLOLLLL. I can hear them now: “hey, is my computer upside down?” Can I walk you to your car. Mr. Chen? It looks like it’s raining again.
  • Stephen Chen: Yes, Smithers. Then it’s settled (he says dismissively, before leaving conference room with Mark Day by side).
  • Technical Guy: I liked your idea.
  • Prankster: Sighs. Well it would have been funny.
  • Technical Guy: Correction- it will be funny.
  • Prankster: Won’t Stephen get pissed?
  • Technical Guy: Nope. He hasn’t visited YouTube in 11 weeks. He’ll never know.
  • Stephen Chen (voice audible from hallway): Mark, I’d just assume you wait out here while I pee. I’m not sure I want the world knowing I drop my pants and undies below my knees when using the urinal.