Week 40: Super Prank Monday! Exclusive Hollywood Interview.
"Everything is funny as long as it's happening to somebody else." - Will Rogers
What did I do:
As far back as I can remember, I have been a prankster. Small and elaborate, I have pulled pranks on family, friends, pets and strangers. Inspired by Oprah's Super Soul Sunday sessions in which she interviews thought leaders, I decided to have a Super Prank Monday session interviewing one of my favorite pranksters, David Zucker. Check it out!
Who was with me:
Over the last few years I have developed a close friendship with Mr Zucker, writer and director of Airplane!, the Naked Gun series, and much more. Aside from birthing the parody genre, he is a known prankster and has pulled some amazing pranks on his own and along side his fellow film makers Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams.
A comedic genius, he is funny without trying. He is also a harsh critic of comedy. Don't ever walk up to him and tell him a joke, he hates it! Thankfully, I've been able to make him laugh on a number of occasions which, I have to admit, is extremely gratifying.
What did I learn:
Early on in our friendship, he told me about the rules of pranking. Have you ever heard of such a thing? All is fair in love and pranking? No, clearly not. For starters, if someone calls you out on your prank, it's over. You can't keep going, or else you are now just lying. On top of that, the prankee now earns 2 points for being so sharp and figuring it all out. David refers to this as a "safety."
You can't prank the weak and helpless. No pranking animals, children or someone who may be emotionally or physically compromised. I've definitely broken this rule in the past.
Finally, you want to keep pushing the envelop and be committed to your prank. David told me about one prank that entailed 11 years, 3 horses and several thousands of dollars.
The prank can keep going as long as no one called a "safety." In fact, what I've learned is that the prank takes a life of it's own. At this point, you as the prankster are along for the ride. In fact, David has a prank that is still on going to this today and has greatly expanded from what it initially started off as.
Would I do this again?
I'd love to strategize and pull a prank with David. Even more so, I'd love to pull a really amazing prank on David. So, if you have any ideas, shoot them my way.