"Windy City Heat is more like The Velvet Underground & Nico of this brand of reality TV — a prescient outlier that seems more contemporary now than it did in 2003. (Also like The Velvet Underground & Nico, you'll want to take a shower after experiencing it for the first time.)"
- Grantland has a look at Bobcat Goldthwait's 2003 reality prank film Windy City Heat, a movie about an unknown comic who thinks he's making the movie that's going to make him a star, despite the fact that he "recites his lines the way a gorilla plays the ukulele."
Nathan Fielder, star of Comedy Central's Nathan For You, gained a lot of media attention last month when he asked his Twitter followers to "mistakenly" send a text about a drug deal to their parents. He's at it again with a new Twitter "experiment" aimed to ruin people's romantic relationships instead this time around. Yesterday, Fielder tweeted, "Experiment: text the person ur dating "I haven't been fully honest with you" then dont reply to them for 1 hr (& tweet pic of thr response)," and he already has dozens of followers who listened to what he said. Fielder had another one of these prior to the drug one, [...]
Community creator Dan Harmon's whirlwind tour across America with his live show Harmontown is in progress, and at a show in Brooklyn last night, Harmon and guest Jason Sudeikis prank called Chevy Chase, who, like Harmon recently parted ways with the NBC sitcom that brought them together. Harmon had invited Chase to appear at the Harmontown show, explaining to the audience, "I texted him, 'I'm doing my show in Brooklyn tomorrow night; are you in New York?' and three hours later, he texted back the word country." Dan Harmon then proceeded to call Chevy Chase on speakerphone, holding his phone up to the mic. When Chase [...]
The best part of this is despite the fact that Zach just made fun of all of these reporters to their faces, they all immediately went back to berating RDJ with dumb questions as soon as Zach stopped talking. Maybe they thought when Zach asked, "What kind of pranks do you do on set?" he seriously wanted to know because he overheard 110% of the reporters before him ask that. Hard hitting stuff, guys.
In "Me and Osama," creator of The IT Crowd Graham Linehan details at length how his off-hand Twitter joke about Osama bin Laden being a fan of his British sitcom spiraled out of control until news sources were reporting that bin Laden was laughing at Chris O'Dowd's lovable slacker, Tivo in hand, while the Navy SEALS raided his compound. Oh, don't get Linehan wrong: it was him, personally, who pushed his joke into full-blown Internet prank. Linehan cited articles that were then mysteriously removed, enlisted friends to plant corroborating evidence, and even claimed that the authorities sent him a tape of the world's most wanted terrorist chortling [...]