The World of the Prank

The artist as social provocateur and activist incorporates humor, satire, irony, political commentary and/or direct action to provoke critical thinking. Pranks challenge convention and the status quo and expose prejudices and biases.

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Game of Thrones: Season 4, Episode 6 Alternate Ending

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Spoiler alert for Episode 36, ‘The Laws Of Gods And Men’


Tyrion, on trial for murdering the King and about to be found guilty, gives an impassioned speech. Here’s an alternate ending:

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Taiwanese Animators Take on Alec Baldwin [English & Chinese]

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From TomoNews, where they animate “the most entertaining news on the internets”.


Alec Baldwin’s arrest for illegally biking and blowing up at cops, animated Taiwan style:

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Danish Parliament’s Message: Vote or Else! [English & Danish]

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Filed under: Publicity Stunts, Truth that's Stranger than Fiction

This cartoon was intended to encourage young people to vote in the European elections and was published on the Danish Parliament’s YouTube channel.

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In it, a superhero called Voteman finds himself in bed with a group of women before jetting off on a pair of dolphin waterskis to punch and kick non-voters all the way to the polling station. The video was withdrawn the day after its launch after a barrage of criticism…

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Improv Everywhere: The Mannequin Mob

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Filed under: Culture Jamming and Reality Hacking, Practical Jokes and Mischief

From Charlie Todd of Improv Everywhere:


For our latest mission, we surprised shoppers and employees at the 5th Avenue Gap in Manhattan by giving the store 40 extra mannequins.

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Performers entered the store wearing white Morphsuits under Gap-style clothing and then zipped up their suits and froze in place next to the store’s actual mannequins. Most everyone loved it, except Gap security, who called 911.

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More details and photos here.
More about Improv Everywhere here.

Paranormal Prank [English & Czech]

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From the ViralBrothers: “Last time Erik gave me sleeping pills and I woke up in my bed at the Old Town Square. This is my REVENGE!”


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2014 April Fools’ Day Pranks: For Love AND Money

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Filed under: Prank News, Pranksters, Publicity Stunts

It’s already April Fools’ Day somewhere:


1. Google is seeking the world’s best Pokemon Master:

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2. USA Today reports on some of this year’s April Fools’ brand PR stunts, including Cheetos perfume; Matching outfits for people & their pets by American Eagle Outfitters; Bras for cats from True & Co; BuildDirect’s edible chocolate flooring; Eagle caught salmon from FreshDirect; USB powered finger-sized irons for your underwear from Fruit of the Loom; Tic Tac’s shakeless packs for your mints, because “No shake, no share”

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3. The Pirate Bay kicks off April Fools’ Day early, announces device to ‘embrace your entire mind’

“After years of being driven from domain to domain, and finally into the cloud, TPB is making its final move…. into your mind.”

In cooperation with russian, israeli and japanese neuro scientists, we are developing a device that will embrace your entire mind. Using laser projections directly onto the retina it’ll no longer be any resolution but 100%. The sound will be delivered in a range from 12Hz to 79kHz and will cancel all noise from the outside world.

4. Lifehacker presents: April Fools’ Day 2014 Spoilers: All The Geek Pranks Revealed, including Pet-Fi, wireless service powered by your pet kinetic energy and a dating site that matches couples based on their shopping habits.

Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs on PRI

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Filed under: Creative Activism, Definitions, Media Literacy, The Prank as Art, What Makes a Good Prank?, Why Do a Prank?

Jester_waitscmMarch 30, 2014: Pranks and Hoaxes, produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International, presents an interview with Joey Skaggs called Art of the Hoax – Joey Skaggs.

Listen here

29th Annual New York April Fools’ Day Parade

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The New York April Fools’ Committee is Proud to Announce
NEW YORK CITY’S 29th ANNUAL APRIL FOOLS’ DAY PARADE

“EVERYBODY MUST GET STONED”

jesternoborderFor three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. Kicking off at noon on Tuesday, April 1, the parade will march down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers will party down. It will conclude with the annual crowning of the King of Fools. Spread the word!

PRESS RELEASE:

New York, New York, March 2014 — The 29th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade will begin at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street at 12 noon, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. Rain or shine, the parade will march down Fifth Avenue to Washington Square Park for the climactic selection of the King of Fools from the costumed marching look-alikes.

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Buried Treasure Prank on Grandma

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From Johnny Murdock and friends:


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  • Guy Inside Snowman Prank
  • Revenge by Shakespeare

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    Filed under: Creative Activism

    From the Bristol Post:


    When Edd Joseph bought a game console but was stiffed by the internet seller, he decided to get revenge. He sent 22 Shakespeare plays including Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello in 17,424 texts (160 characters per text) to the seller’s cell phone.

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    Read more here.

    John Oliver’s Political Parody Ads

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    Filed under: Parody, Political Pranks, Publicity Stunts

    Last Week Tonight, John Oliver’s soon-to-debut new comedy show, took aim at the GOP’s new ad campaign aimed at “hip” young Republicans on their YouTube channel. Here are two videos parodying their look-alike counterparts, which can be seen here and here.

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    More info:

  • Republicans Are Going After Dissatisfied Hipsters, Minorities, and Women in a New Ad Campaign, Slate
  • First on CNN: RNC makes play for unhappy Obama voters in new ad buy, CNN
  • 36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade, SF

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    From Bishop Joey:


    The 36th Annual St. Stupid’s Day Parade will strut its stuff yet again to honor Saint Stupid, the patron Saint of Civilizations and Parking meters.

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    Tuesday, April First, noon
    Embarcadero Plaza, foot of Market st. 

    This years parade will be of the sidewalk variety, thru the financial district, (the weekend version is thru North Beach).

    This DIY parade will stop at the traditional Stations of Stupid; the Federal Reserve HQ for the dead lottery ticket toss, the old Stock Exchange building for the ‘Sock Exchange’, the plaza of the bare-butt mechanics for the ‘Leap of Faith’, the Bankers Heart sculpture for the penny offering and the traditional Free Lunch. This FREE event is open to the public to participate. Odd costumes, absurd signage,noise makers and a willfully irreverent attitude to the business of religion and the religion of business are encouraged.

    Sponsored by the First Church of the Last Laugh, the world’s largest church. This yearly San Francisco Rite of Spring event updates the ancient European Feast of Fools and provides photographic fodder for those who think they know what a weird city we are. Fun for the whole family. RAIN or SHINE…and if it snows, wear a snow tire

    Contact:  
    Ed Holmes (Bishop Joey)  
    510-841-1898
    bishopj @ saintstupid.com

    Stephen Barnwell’s Capital Offenses

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    From Antarctica Arts:


    Capital-Offenses-200Capital Offenses is a new fine art monograph by Stephen Barnwell. Barnwell’s work often blurs the lines between political activism, humor, and observation. This first edition is a ten-year retrospective of his unique satirical prints.

    As an artist, Barnwell considers no subject off-limits. He feels that political correctness and political extremism are destroying our national discourse. Using satire to explore controversial ideas and forbidden subjects, he subverts the language of power to criticize power.

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    Capital Offenses, published by Antarctica Arts, has a publication date of May 1, 2014.

    Special Pre-release Offer:
    The first 50 books of this first print run will be signed and hand-numbered by the artist.

    Related links:

  • Artist Stephen Barnwell Designs Official OWS Protest Currency
  • Stephen Barnwell’s Bailout for America
  • 3D Street Art by MTO in Rennes, France

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    From Street Art Utopia


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    Johnny Murdock Hides Again

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    This time inside his dishwasher:


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