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Jon Daly Looks Back on His Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Prank

"It … sounds like what they would actually do, if you’re just casually listening to it. If you listen closely, it makes no sense—in an aggressive way. But it’s not far away from it—like if you listen to the Chili Peppers, they are just ding-a-ding-a-ding-a-ding-dong [laughs]. I have respect for them. I hope they weren’t insulted by it. I mean, anytime you’re making fun of someone, that’s a possibility. I think they would agree though that they kind of deserved it. Chad Smith from the Peppers tweeted it out with the message 'hahahaha,' so he liked it … What I wanted was to be invited into the band to sing. [...]

Jon Daly's Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Prank Is a Thing of Beauty

If you head over to RHCP2014.com, you'll be treated to a stream of the new song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are performing at the halftime show of the Super Bowl on Sunday. Or at least that's what you'd think you were listening to if you were unfamiliar with Jon Daly and Zach Galafianakis's Pepper Men RHCP fan club from Comedy Bang! Bang! The song is called "Abracadabralifornia", and it sounds so much like an actual Chili Peppers song that it's kind of uncanny. Daly sang an early version of the song on CBB last March (skip to 24:45 to hear it), but this [...]

Julia Louis-Dreyfus Helped Jimmy Kimmel Stage Another Video Hoax

Jimmy Kimmel got a lot of attention for his recent viral video hoax, so he made very clear last night that his latest YouTube stunt was just that. In a segment about recent viral videos of meltdowns, Julia Louis-Dreyfus proves her Emmy-winning acting chops in this massive coffee shop freakout. Even, or especially, knowing it's fake, it's worth watching for JLD alone.

Tales of The World's Greatest Hoaxer

In honor of today's hijinks, Gawker posted a "best of" from the great New York hoaxer Alan Abel. Abel's decade-long prank career includes protesting breast-feeding, attempting to sell a kidney, and hiring actor Buck Henry (Liz's dad on 30 Rock) to demand an end to animal nudity. The journalist serves up his fabricated news stories with the intent to deliver "a kick in the intellect" to the viewing public. Makes all this fake vomit look real immature in comparison.

Funny Or Die Is Responsible for Hoverboard Viral Video Hoax

Earlier this week, a company called HUVr posted a YouTube video announcing the first commercially-available hoverboards featuring Christopher Lloyd, Tony Hawk, and Moby, but it turns out it's all a hoax and comedy website Funny Or Die is behind it. Mashable reports that the hoax was foiled when a costume designer who worked on the video posted it to her online resume. The HUVr website claims that the technology was developed out of MIT by materials science, electricity & magnetism experts who've solved an important part of one of science's mysteries: the key to antigravity. The video quickly racked up over 4 million views in less [...]

Pace Salsa Prankster Randy Liedtke May Have Committed Another Twitter Hoax

Last week, LA-based standup Randy Liedtke tricked comedian Kyle Kinane and a bunch of people in the internet with a fake internet account for Pace Salsa, and now, he seems to be at it again. A couple days ago, Liedtke baked some cookies that looked like iPhones and said on Twitter that he plans to use them to trick police officers into pulling him over for talking on his phone while driving but when pulled over, he'll take a bite out of the iPhone cookie and "ask if cookies are against the law." Liedtke took his iPhone cookie for a spin last night and live-tweeted it, claiming that [...]

Jimmy Kimmel Plays a Bunch of Media Reactions to His YouTube Hoax

Yesterday, Jimmy Kimmel revealed his show was behind a viral YouTube video of a woman dancing and catching fire that even tricked Jimmy Fallon. Here's Kimmel on last night's show, addressing the situation and playing a bunch of clips from TV shows reporting on the hoax.

No One Gave Craig Rowin a Million Dollars

So you know how Craig Rowin asked for a million dollars, and then apparently some crazy millionaire was going to give it to him? Well, last night was the "ceremony" in which said millionaire was going to hand over the check but — surprise! — it was a hoax.

Of course, if a real millionaire had offered to give him a million dollars, this whole thing probably wouldn't have been a hoax. But since the world works based on logic and people with that much money generally just don't hand it out to people who ask, this was the next best result.

Jimmy Kimmel Orchestrated a Hoax Video of a Wolf in a US Olympian's Hotel in Sochi

Last week, US Olympic luger Kate Hansen posted a video of a wolf roaming her Sochi hotel that went viral, but it turns out the video is a hoax courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel. Inside Edition reports that Jimmy Kimmel Live helped Hansen to make the video, and that she'll be appearing on the show tonight to discuss the hoax with the late night host. Kimmel is no stranger to pranks like this, having made a viral video of a woman catching on fire while twerking last year, and he was very amused by Nathan Fielder's recent "Dumb Starbucks" stunt and had him on his show to [...]

Everything You Thought You Knew Was a Lie: @Horse_ebooks Is a Fake "Art Project"

What's real? What's an illusion? Can you ever trust anything on the internet? Can you ever even trust another human being? Are we all just tied up in a cave, watching shadows on a wall that we think are real life? These are the foundation-shaking questions raised by the shocking news that beloved Twitter account @Horse_ebooks was not, as people assumed, a rouge spam bot, but was instead a secret, human-controlled "art project" by Jacob Bakkila and Thomas Bender.

If you're unfamiliar with the @Horse_ebooks phenomenon, we dove deep on it last year. But all of that research and conjecture turns out to have been [...]

Jimmy Kimmel's YouTube Hoax Tricked Jimmy Fallon

Last night, Jimmy Kimmel revealed that a viral video in which a woman accidentally lighting herself on fire while twerking was a hoax created by his show, but perhaps the funniest thing about the whole situation is that Kimmel's future late night rival Jimmy Fallon played the video during his monologue Friday night. In the above clip, start at 2:35 to see Fallon playing the fake Kimmel video and giggling and joking about it with his audience.