Did you happen to catch the prank video YouTube put up on Friday in celebration of the weekend to come? My first reaction when reading the fake announcement was, “Now I have to start fast forwarding through these top YouTube ‘comedians’ on my DVD player too???” Oh, the horror. Even though April Fool’s Day is now long over, there are still pranks to be played year round. Watch some of the popular YouTube prankster channels I’m about to highlight, and you may be inspired to record and upload your own pranks as well.
The seed for YouTube super channel PrankvsPrank was planted when Jess Wellens posted a video to the website Break.com of his girlfriend, Jeana, attempting to eat a spoonful of cinnamon in October of 2007. After Jeana posted a video of her pranking him back with a pan to his noggin, the prank war became viral. Less than 3 years old, their YouTube channel, which they describe as “’Jersey Shore’ meets ‘Jackass,’” has an impressive 780 thousand and some subscribers and over 143 million video views. The couple are so popular that their other channel of everyday videos of their couple-dom has over 42 million followers. Check out “GIRLFRIEND CAUGHT CHEATING PRANK” and then “BOYFRIEND CAUGHT CHEATING REVENGE PRANK,” where YouTube personality Jenna Marbles gets in on the fun.
Ed had “no direction” and was working as a cell phone salesman when he, as he puts it, “stumbled across You Tube.” He goes on, “I don’t know what made me decide to open an account and start making videos, but I did. It just started catching on pretty much from the beginning. Three years later I was doing it full time after being offered a You Tube partnership.” And the money, as well as the laughs, from his YouTube channel keep rolling in. His YouTube channel, which has over 567 thousand subscribers and 227 million views, features Ed as various original characters pulling pranks on an unsuspecting public. I did some digging and found his 2007 New Year’s Day post on a Saturday Night Live message board pleading for a chance to join the SNL cast back when he had yet to garner top YouTube performer credentials. And now? He has Facebook fan pages campaigning SNL to choose him as a host. In fact, he’d probably bring a hilarity to SNL that most celebrity hosts haven’t been able to muster lately. Watch “Psh” for his collaboration with another odd YouTube character comedian, Nathan Barnatt, as they ‘psh’ everyone they come across in public places while dressed as characters that look like they were cut out of Napoleon Dynamite.
Jack Vale is a YouTube comedian known for his “Pooter” pranks, which involve Vale using a device to simulate farting noises while in public. Lowbrow, schmowbrow, because Vale has more than 261 thousand subscribers and 67 million video views, as well as two appearances on rightfully cancelled TV talk show Lopez Tonight (because it was terrible), and a gig on the 2011 Grammys pranking various celebrities. So, Jack, were you the one responsible for Lady GaGa being in the giant egg? Now it all makes sense…. And what about Rihanna’s tremulous and off-key live ‘singing’? Oh, that’s just how she always is.
The Friday Night Cranks crew consists of Jared, Kristin and Joe, who all look like they would have been the targets of all the pranks in high school. You know what I’m talking about here. Instead, they’re the ones pulling the pranks, and the result is prank phone call heaven for their nearly 296 thousand subscribers. Their weekly live broadcast shows may look like public access television, but their results are impressive – over 55 million video views.
I’ve left off several popular prank channels so that one or two of you such-inclined readers can inevitably leave a comment like “UM ANY GOOD LIST WOULD INCLUDE _________!” So go ahead. Get it outta your system in the comments section below.