Jack Vale | Prankster

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How is the Pooter selling? Does it do pretty well for you?

It does. I have no problem giving you numbers or anything like that. When we originally started, we literally dumped all of our money into just the manufacturing of this thing and trying to get it established somewhere and to have a product in hand, so this is it. To get this done, we had no idea how to market it at that point so we thought just the reactions in public are funny, so I’ll go out and use it in public, set up a camera and see what happens, so we did. We had no money for marketing because we had developed this thing, and so I thought it would be fun to go out and shoot some prank videos, so we did. Initially we started selling maybe two or three Pooters a week, something like that, and you know, slow and just starting out and everything. And then a show of NBC got a hold of us and said they wanted a licensed clip, which now happens more frequently because more videos and stuff, but back then it was a huge deal. It was like, “Oh my gosh, I’m going to be on a TV show on NBC.” It was funny because they called me and said we can’t actually advertise the Pooter, but we can name the segment anything you want, and I knew that when you go to Google and type in the pooter, I’m the only thing that came up, so I said, “Alright, call it ‘The Pooter.’” So they aired it on TV, and it was titled “The Pooter” in bold print right on the bottom of the screen, so we sold almost 300 orders. So some people were ordering two, three Pooters — we sold 300 the first hour, so we went from two or three Pooters a week to 300 the first hour that thing aired. So today we’re consistently selling roughly 2500 to 3000 Pooters a month.

So you guys are doing decent Pooter business.

Decent Pooter business, yeah.

Are you going to branch out into any other gag-related humor, or sticking with the Pooter?

In terms of some kind of a product?

Yeah.

Probably not. There is another guy that contacted me and actually has a contraption that sucks — I’m not making this up — sucks in your farts, seals it shut and you can just blow it out whenever you want. You literally have a fart at your fingertips at this little balloon device, and you can just [makes releasing gesture] — that is it. Right in somebody’s face. You don’t even have to bend over to wait till they pick something up; you just psh right there. We tried it last night. I have it; he sent me some. He wants to do like a review or something. I wanted to do something; I thought this guy is right up my alley. The more I played around with this thing, man, I don’t know if I could do it. It is a little foul. There is something about capturing the fart and waiting hours later to release it that makes it more rank than the fart is when it is in your anus in the first place.

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That’s funny — something too foul for a guy whose job basically is to go around kind of farting on people. So are there pranks that are too mean for you that you won’t do?

Oh yeah, for sure. I’ll never ever do a mean-spirited prank. I just did a prank the other day that went up and did really well; it was called “Vaseline High Five.” I was super excited to do it. I’m glad I did it, but in the beginning it was a little bit controversial just ‘cause I knew I was going to get a little bit of hate for it. Some people were going to be like, “Ah that’s mean — it’s Vaseline.” But it wasn’t mean; I think it was fun, and it turned out funny. You can always get Vaseline off; it is just a pain in the butt. Yeah, there are a few things. There are some comedians, there are some pranksters that are like sort of doing some stuff that is a little more mean-spirited, I think, that kind of make people upset, and I just like to confuse people.

Now one of those in particular is this kid out in Florida that was running around giving wedgies and just got arrested for that. Did you hear about that, or no?

I did not hear about that, no.

Yeah, so one of your local YouTube cats got arrested for that, so it makes it tough for you to comment if you don’t know the specifics, but I mean you wouldn’t basically–

That is okay though, because Vitaly is a good example probably. He is a guy that I know, and yeah, he is definitely sort of crossed a line that I won’t go near just because I don’t think I have the right personality for it, number one, but taking it a step further, he can go kind of beyond that. Giving people wedgies, personally, I mean I haven’t seen the videos that you’re talking about, but I don’t think it’s funny just because I think it’s — do you think it’s funny? Hey Jake? Do you think it’s funny to give strangers wedgies? Yeah, a little borderline. Over the line maybe.

So there is a hard moral line for you. I’ll have to find that kid’s name.

Yeah, ‘cause I’ll have to check that out later.

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