Friday, April 10, 2009

An old Jerky Boys video

I used to love doing prank phone calls and really haven't done one in a while - thus why not take a look back at the pros...

If you're reading this and don't know who The Jerky Boys are just look 'em up in Itunes and buy their first album or watch a little on Youtube.

This clip gives you the rare chance to actually see the people on the other end of the phone. To my memory - and I'm usually wrong - this was produced near the time of their feature film debut many years ago - which was at the height of their career.

Their original tapes were copied and distributed by friends of friends onto college campuses across the world - pre-internet - and based on such underground popularity ready to go mainstream with their film - MTV allowed them to wire their own customer service offices and tape these calls.

It's not exactly representative of their work - but rare and still amusing.

What was genius about their calls aside from being quite funny is they developed a cast of characters who each had their own quirks, so that over the course of that one initial underground tape, you truly got a sense of who these imaginary callers were.

Hollywood couldn't resist and sadly, the script completely failed The Jerky Boys and made for a bad film. With all respect to the co-writers - it was a very tough assignment, to take prank phone calls and make a movie out of them which would star the real-life prank callers. Much can be debated about the film, but, it's late and I'm not going to do it now.

SO - if you're looking for a good laugh - of course check out the above video and make sure to listen to a CD or download from Itunes to hear more of what these guys are about. While often risque, they've always kept me laughing... -JG