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23rd Mar '17 9:00:51 AM Briguy52748
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* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': In the second season episode "The Liberation Of Marcia Brady," Peter agrees (begrudgingly, at Greg's behest) to join the Sunflower Girls (a Girl Scout-type group) and is asked to sell cookies door-to-door. One of the neighbors an embarrassed Peter attempts to sell to is really amused and comments that he surely is being pranked by "one of those hidden-camera shows" ... before agreeing to buy a box of cookies. Not because he eats cookies, but because of the sheer ridiculousness of the whole thing.

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* ''Series/TheBradyBunch'': In Twice during the show's second season episode season:
** "Coming Out Party": Where Carol, who has been ordered on bedrest and to not talk to anyone, has already been tested by Mike. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice ... well, that's when Mr. Phillips calls, trying to reach Mike, who isn't home yet, to finalize details about an outing on his boat. Carol outsmarts herself when she thinks it's Mike, insults Mr. Phillips, and jeopardizes the whole thing when she realizes Mike had just walked in the door.
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"The Liberation Of Marcia Brady," Peter agrees (begrudgingly, at Greg's behest) to join the Sunflower Girls (a Girl Scout-type group) and is asked to sell cookies door-to-door. One of the neighbors an embarrassed Peter attempts to sell to is really amused and comments that he surely is being pranked by "one of those hidden-camera shows" ... before agreeing to buy a box of cookies. Not because he eats cookies, but because of the sheer ridiculousness of the whole thing.
2nd Mar '17 7:13:10 PM RAMChYLD
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* Channel 4's ''Space Cadets'' is basically this combined with Reality TV, and bears resemblance to many of Derren Brown's (whose show is also unsurprisingly on Channel 4) pranks. The victims are convinced that they have been flown to Russia for training to be sent into space. They're put through training which are basically pranks on their own accord, and the final episode itself is a prank of epic proportions, before the entire reveal.
25th Feb '17 9:56:16 AM JMQwilleran
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* ''Oblivious'' (stylized as [[LuckyCharmsTitle ''Obliviou$'']]) was a "hidden-camera game show" aired on Creator/SpikeTV. The host would come up to people and start asking questions of them, working them into a conversation, but with them being entirely unaware that they were on a game show. Each episode ended with a bonus round in which one of the people to which this was done would then have the opportunity to take their turn as the host, asking questions of another unwitting contestant.

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* ''Oblivious'' (stylized as [[LuckyCharmsTitle ''Obliviou$'']]) ''[[LuckyCharmsTitle Obliviou$]]'') was a "hidden-camera game show" aired on Creator/SpikeTV. The host would come up to people and start asking questions of them, working them into a conversation, but with them being entirely unaware that they were on a game show. Each episode ended with a bonus round in which one of the people to which this was done would then have the opportunity to take their turn as the host, asking questions of another unwitting contestant.
25th Feb '17 9:55:31 AM JMQwilleran
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* CBS's ''I Get That a Lot'' features celebrities working in real life jobs such as waitress, librarian, etc. As the title indicates, if someone recognizes them, they just pretend to not to be the celebrity, saying stuff like "[[TitleDrop I get that a lot]]" or "If I were really him, do you think I would be working here?" Then, when they're ready, the camera-people come out and the celebrity reveals that they are, in fact, actually that celebrity.
* ''Oblivious'' (stylized as [[LuckyCharmsTitle ''Obliviou$'']]) was a "hidden-camera game show" aired on Creator/SpikeTV. The host would come up to people and start asking questions of them, working them into a conversation, but with them being entirely unaware that they were on a game show. Each episode ended with a bonus round in which one of the people to which this was done would then have the opportunity to take their turn as the host, asking questions of another unwitting contestant.
-->''You might think I'm actin' funny / Might not take me serious / You won't know you're winning money / 'Cause you are [[TitleThemeTune oblivious]]!''
4th Feb '17 2:44:39 PM rjd1922
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* Subverted as a part of an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i2k-xXob1c ad]]: it begins as the normal "guy hiding in a mailbox and throwing peoples' letters out" gag, complete with canned laughter and several successfully fooled people, but after the expected results, a huge bald guy gets his letter spat out at him. He tries again a few times, but instead of just standing there with a baffled expression, he pulls out a gun and fires several times through the mail slot.

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* Subverted as a part of an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i2k-xXob1c com/watch?v=RUnu8mm551I ad]]: it begins as the normal "guy hiding in a mailbox and throwing peoples' letters out" gag, complete with canned laughter and several successfully fooled people, but after the expected results, a huge bald guy gets his letter spat out at him. He tries again a few times, but instead of just standing there with a baffled expression, he pulls out a gun and fires several times through the mail slot.
19th Jan '17 2:59:25 PM StFan
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* The show is referenced in Creator/BillCosby's '60s standup sketch "Noah's Ark", where an incredulous Noah, receiving construction instructions from a voice in the air claiming to be God, eventually asks "Am I on ''Candid Camera''?"
* On ''Joe Piscopo'''s comedy album ''New Jersey'' one track is called "Candid Radio" where Piscopo as Alan Funt plays some "classic" pranks from the radio version of ''Candid Camera,'' including removing the "No Smoking" signs from the restrooms on ''UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg'' and pranking Julius and Ethel Rosenberg into participating in espionage.
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* ''Candid Series/CandidCamera'' was the same show, with the same host, only Direct to Video and [[HotterAndSexier with]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity.]]
** Allen Funt became so well known for this that when he once got on a plane that was hijacked and flown to Cuba, he was the only passenger who didn't spend the entire flight laughing hysterically, thinking that this was a Candid Camera gag.

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* ''Candid Series/CandidCamera'' was the same show, with the same host, only Direct to Video and [[HotterAndSexier with]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity.]]
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]] Allen Funt became so well known for this that when he once got on a plane that was hijacked and flown to Cuba, he was the only passenger who didn't spend the entire flight laughing hysterically, thinking that this was a Candid Camera gag.



* ''TheJamieKennedyExperiment''.



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* The show is referenced in Creator/BillCosby's '60s standup sketch "Noah's Ark", where an incredulous Noah, receiving construction instructions from a voice in the air claiming to be God, eventually asks "Am I on ''Candid Camera''?"
* On ''Joe Piscopo'''s comedy album ''New Jersey'' one track is called "Candid Radio" where Piscopo as Alan Funt plays some "classic" pranks from the radio version of ''Candid Camera,'' including removing the "No Smoking" signs from the restrooms on ''UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg'' and pranking Julius and Ethel Rosenberg into participating in espionage.
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* The ''{{Series/Fonejacker}}'''s entire schtick.

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* The ''{{Series/Fonejacker}}'''s ''Series/{{Fonejacker}}'''s entire schtick.



-->'''Mr. Phillips:''' Ahoy Mrs. Brady, it's Mr. Phillips. How are you feeling?
-->'''Carol:''' Not well enough to go on that broken-down barnacle barge of yours.

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-->'''Mr. Phillips:''' Ahoy Mrs. Brady, it's Mr. Phillips. How are you feeling?
-->'''Carol:'''
feeling?\\
'''Carol:'''
Not well enough to go on that broken-down barnacle barge of yours.



* Most ''MorningZoo'' radio shows will do this at some point.

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* Most ''MorningZoo'' ''Radio/MorningZoo'' radio shows will do this at some point.



** This MorningZoo prank call went very very wrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRmAyyvAcZY
** ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' [[http://www.snopes.com/love/betrayal/radio.asp relays the tale]] of a woman who called into a radio show on Valentine's Day to have the [=DJs=] prank call her boyfriend. The DJ called the man and offered him free flowers, and he chose to send them... to his wife. Oops.
* In Quebec, the most well known phone pranksters were the ''Justiciers Masqués'', a team of radio hosts. They usually prank normal people from around Quebec, but they also successfully pranked many Canadian politicians, and even Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, by passing as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They also fooled Music/BritneySpears into thinking she was speaking to Music/CelineDion... Despite them being an all men team ''and'' having French as their first language.

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** This MorningZoo ''Morning Zoo'' prank call went very very wrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRmAyyvAcZY
** ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' ''WebSite/{{Snopes}}'' [[http://www.snopes.com/love/betrayal/radio.asp relays the tale]] of a woman who called into a radio show on Valentine's Day to have the [=DJs=] prank call her boyfriend. The DJ called the man and offered him free flowers, and he chose to send them... to his wife. Oops.
* In Quebec, the most well known well-known phone pranksters were the ''Justiciers Masqués'', a team of radio hosts. They usually prank normal people from around Quebec, but they also successfully pranked many Canadian politicians, and even Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, by passing as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They also fooled Music/BritneySpears into thinking she was speaking to Music/CelineDion... Despite them being an all men team ''and'' having French as their first language.



* RussellBrand sometimes does this in his stand-up set, usually finding a slightly silly advertisement in the local newspaper of the town where he's doing the show and calling the business up with outrageous requests.
** He also did this on his radio show, which led to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsgate Sachsgate Scandal]], which (long story short) a message on comedian Andrew Sach's answer phone caused outrage due to comments about his grand daughter, leading to Creator/TheBBC getting fined by the regulators, Jonathon Ross (who was also present) being suspended and Brand's eventual resignation from the BBC. Proof that this kind of joke [[DudeNotFunny isn't always appreciated.]]

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* RussellBrand Creator/RussellBrand sometimes does this in his stand-up set, usually finding a slightly silly advertisement in the local newspaper of the town where he's doing the show and calling the business up with outrageous requests.
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requests. He also did this on his radio show, which led to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsgate Sachsgate Scandal]], which (long story short) a message on comedian Andrew Sach's answer phone caused outrage due to comments about his grand daughter, leading to Creator/TheBBC getting fined by the regulators, Jonathon Ross (who was also present) being suspended and Brand's eventual resignation from the BBC. Proof that this kind of joke [[DudeNotFunny isn't always appreciated.]]



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in its early years, had the RunningGag of Bart prank-calling Moe's Tavern with Double Entendre names, similar to the Red Tube Bar Prank Calls.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In
its early years, had the RunningGag of Bart prank-calling Moe's Tavern with Double Entendre names, similar to the Red Tube Bar Prank Calls.



* And then sometimes it happens the other way around. The famous British political cartoonist Karl {{Giles}} famously sketched several allegedly rather unflattering cartoons of the Royals, which was quite the courageous act back in the Fifties, and was rather surprised to receive a call from someone calling from Buckingham Palace. He responded with a hearty "Fuck off!" and slammed the receiver down, think it a colleague at the paper playing a prank on him. It really ''was'' Buckingham Palace, calling on behalf of Her Majesty to request the original to have it framed. Giles went on to receive a knighthood and his own biographer described him as an unofficial CourtJester to the British throne. And people accuse HRH the Queen of excessive BritishStuffiness...

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* And then sometimes it happens the other way around. The famous British political cartoonist Karl {{Giles}} Creator/{{Giles}} famously sketched several allegedly rather unflattering cartoons of the Royals, which was quite the courageous act back in the Fifties, and was rather surprised to receive a call from someone calling from Buckingham Palace. He responded with a hearty "Fuck off!" and slammed the receiver down, think it a colleague at the paper playing a prank on him. It really ''was'' Buckingham Palace, calling on behalf of Her Majesty to request the original to have it framed. Giles went on to receive a knighthood and his own biographer described him as an unofficial CourtJester to the British throne. And people accuse HRH the Queen of excessive BritishStuffiness...



** JamesFlorentine has dabbled in this as well. ''Series/CrankYankers'' has also featured incoming call pranks to people who thought they were calling a package delivery service strongly hinted to be UPS.

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** JamesFlorentine James Florentine has dabbled in this as well. ''Series/CrankYankers'' has also featured incoming call pranks to people who thought they were calling a package delivery service strongly hinted to be UPS.
5th Jan '17 2:53:19 AM RAMChYLD
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* Originally, ''Overhaulin''' combined this trope with the premise of ''Series/PimpMyRide''. Upon the request of someone connected to the "mark", they would "steal" the guy's ride (often a car, but trucks are also featured in later episodes) and string him along for a week. At the end of the week, they'd reveal the prank and return the mark's ride...[[PimpedOutCar customized.]]

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* Originally, ''Overhaulin''' combined this trope with the premise of ''Series/PimpMyRide''. Upon the request of someone connected to the "mark", mark, they would "steal" or "confiscate" the guy's ride (often a car, but trucks are also featured in later episodes) and string him along for a week. At the end of the week, they'd reveal the prank and return the mark's ride...[[PimpedOutCar customized.]]
5th Jan '17 2:52:26 AM RAMChYLD
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* Originally, ''Overhaulin''' combined this trope with the premise of ''Series/PimpMyRide''. Upon the request of someone connected to the "mark", they would "steal" the guy's car and string him along for a week. At the end of the week, they'd reveal the prank and return the mark's car...[[PimpedOutCar customized.]]

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* Originally, ''Overhaulin''' combined this trope with the premise of ''Series/PimpMyRide''. Upon the request of someone connected to the "mark", they would "steal" the guy's car ride (often a car, but trucks are also featured in later episodes) and string him along for a week. At the end of the week, they'd reveal the prank and return the mark's car...ride...[[PimpedOutCar customized.]]
27th Dec '16 5:02:05 AM Morgenthaler
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!!!Candid Camera

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* Subverted as a part of an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i2k-xXob1c ad]]: it begins as the normal "guy hiding in a mailbox and throwing peoples' letters out" gag, complete with canned laughter and several successfully fooled people, but after the expected results, a huge bald guy gets his letter spat out at him. He tries again a few times, but instead of just standing there with a baffled expression, he pulls out a gun and fires several times through the mail slot.
* [[http://youtu.be/ENygQpTMC7s This ad for Pine-Sol]], where the Pine-Sol Cleaning Lady bursts out of a poster to JumpScare a few men sampling the products. Some of their reactions are...[[CampGay priceless]].
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* An episode of ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' has Megumi set one of these up to try and trick the title character into revealing her SecretIdentity.
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* Funt also made two [[TheMovie theatrical films]] of this type, ''What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?'' and ''Money Talks''.
* In ''Film/CannonballRunII'', state troopers Don Knotts and Tim Conway pull over a speeding limousine; finding that it's being "driven" by a chimpanzee, they're convinced Allen Funt is hiding in the back somewhere and filming them for ''Candid Camera''.
* Parodied in ''Film/StayTuned'', with a show called "Sadistic Hidden Camera".
* Inverted in ''Film/TheGumballRally''. The Dodge police cruiser team gets an [[GoodOlBoy Arizona state trooper]] to believe that they are filming a movie from a camera hidden on a far-away peak, and ask him to hold still for a face shot, as they make their getaway.
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** ''Candid Series/CandidCamera'' was the same show, with the same host, only Direct to Video and [[HotterAndSexier with]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity.]]
** Funt also made two [[TheMovie theatrical films]] of this type, ''What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?'' and ''Money Talks''.
** The show is referenced in Creator/BillCosby's '60s standup sketch "Noah's Ark", where an incredulous Noah, receiving construction instructions from a voice in the air claiming to be God, eventually asks "Am I on ''Candid Camera''?"
** In ''Film/CannonballRunII'', state troopers Don Knotts and Tim Conway pull over a speeding limousine; finding that it's being "driven" by a chimpanzee, they're convinced Allen Funt is hiding in the back somewhere and filming them for ''Candid Camera''.

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** * ''Candid Series/CandidCamera'' was the same show, with the same host, only Direct to Video and [[HotterAndSexier with]] [[NakedPeopleAreFunny nudity.]]
** Funt also made two [[TheMovie theatrical films]] of this type, ''What Do You Say to a Naked Lady?'' and ''Money Talks''.
** The show is referenced in Creator/BillCosby's '60s standup sketch "Noah's Ark", where an incredulous Noah, receiving construction instructions from a voice in the air claiming to be God, eventually asks "Am I on ''Candid Camera''?"
** In ''Film/CannonballRunII'', state troopers Don Knotts and Tim Conway pull over a speeding limousine; finding that it's being "driven" by a chimpanzee, they're convinced Allen Funt is hiding in the back somewhere and filming them for ''Candid Camera''.
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** Parodied in ''Film/StayTuned'', with a show called "Sadistic Hidden Camera".
** [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00727.htm Referenced]] in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', as Florence seeks a robot whose brain was manufactured on Jean, and comes up with a test involving asking a target robot "What does your name smell like?"



* ''Beadle's About'' involved ordinary people.
** As the series progressed, nobody seemed to realise that all sorts of improbable things that involved their cars being destroyed could possibly be prank. Hilariously, someone wised up and, when the parking lot she was in was somehow replaced with a showroom of cars identical to hers said, without missing a beat, "Is this Beadle's About?"

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* ''Beadle's About'' involved ordinary people.
**
people. As the series progressed, nobody seemed to realise that all sorts of improbable things that involved their cars being destroyed could possibly be prank. Hilariously, someone wised up and, when the parking lot she was in was somehow replaced with a showroom of cars identical to hers said, without missing a beat, "Is this Beadle's About?"



** ''Film/StayTuned'' parodied this with ShowWithinAShow ''Sadistic Hidden Videos''.



* Subverted as a part of an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9i2k-xXob1c ad]]: it begins as the normal "guy hiding in a mailbox and throwing peoples' letters out" gag, complete with canned laughter and several successfully fooled people, but after the expected results, a huge bald guy gets his letter spat out at him. He tries again a few times, but instead of just standing there with a baffled expression, he pulls out a gun and fires several times through the mail slot.



** Animal Planet once ran a similar special called ''People Traps'', produced and hosted by Trace Beaulieu of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fame.
* ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'' (both versions) was a weird sort of Candid Camera Prank in that the victims knew it was happening - they were told at the time that they were being recorded for a TV show. Where the prank comes in was that neither character designers nor animators ever met the people being recorded. They wanted them to base appearance and performance on voice alone, so they were isolated from the process of recording so they wouldn't get any preconceived notions before setting to work. So there was an even chance you'd either be surprised to find out just how owlish you were, or offended that someone equated you with a gorilla. Thank God for anonymity, eh fellas?
** It's doubtful that they weren't told that they would be rendered in {{Claymation}}, but it might be a surprise to find out exactly how.

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** * Animal Planet once ran a similar special called ''People Traps'', produced and hosted by Trace Beaulieu of ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' fame.
* ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'' (both versions) was a weird sort of Candid Camera Prank in that the victims knew it was happening - they were told at the time that they were being recorded for a TV show. Where the prank comes in was that neither character designers nor animators ever met the people being recorded. They wanted them to base appearance and performance on voice alone, so they were isolated from the process of recording so they wouldn't get any preconceived notions before setting to work. So there was an even chance you'd either be surprised to find out just how owlish you were, or offended that someone equated you with a gorilla. Thank God for anonymity, eh fellas?
** It's doubtful that they weren't told that they would be rendered in {{Claymation}}, but it might be a surprise to find out exactly how.
fame.



* Inverted in ''Film/TheGumballRally''. The Dodge police cruiser team gets an [[GoodOlBoy Arizona state trooper]] to believe that they are filming a movie from a camera hidden on a far-away peak, and ask him to hold still for a face shot, as they make their getaway.
* [[http://youtu.be/ENygQpTMC7s This ad for Pine-Sol]], where the Pine-Sol Cleaning Lady bursts out of a poster to JumpScare a few men sampling the products. Some of their reactions are...[[CampGay priceless]].



* An episode of ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' has Megumi set one of these up to try and trick the title character into revealing her SecretIdentity.
* Originally, ''Overhaulin''' combined this trope with the premise of ''PimpMyRide''. Upon the request of someone connected to the "mark", they would "steal" the guy's car and string him along for a week. At the end of the week, they'd reveal the prank and return the mark's car...[[PimpedOutCar customized.]]

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* An episode of ''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'' has Megumi set one of these up to try and trick the title character into revealing her SecretIdentity.
* Originally, ''Overhaulin''' combined this trope with the premise of ''PimpMyRide''.''Series/PimpMyRide''. Upon the request of someone connected to the "mark", they would "steal" the guy's car and string him along for a week. At the end of the week, they'd reveal the prank and return the mark's car...[[PimpedOutCar customized.]]



* On ''TheFlintstones'', Fred and Barney weasel out of a commitment to attend a bachelor party for a friend (which to have them describe it makes it sound like this friend was about to die), and find themselves on film for the TV show "Peek-A-Boo Camera." They're excited at first but then face the realization that the wives will see it as well. They successfully manage to prevent the wives from seeing it, but the next week, the host says the segment was so well-received that they are repeating it. Cue Wilma and Betty about to thrash the boys.
* Music/{{Mamamoo}}'s "Mr. Ambiguous" music video leaves in a scene of Baek Ji Young and the rest of the crew pulling one of these off quite successfully on the girls. The camera crew secretly film them practising for the MV in front of Ji Young who pretends to harshly criticise them. The girls go into HeroicBSOD when they find out they've been fooled.
* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower,'' the engineer Omar makes a habit of occasionally dropping remarks that will draw screams of outrage from Maxima, and then [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1886 snapping a picture of the rage-face with his smartphone.]]
--> '''Omar:''' ''[grinning]'' One of these days you'll stop falling for that, Max. Until then, the Anger Album continues to grow.
* On ''Joe Piscopo'''s comedy album ''New Jersey'' one track is called "Candid Radio" where Piscopo as Alan Funt plays some "classic" pranks from the radio version of ''Candid Camera,'' including removing the "No Smoking" signs from the restrooms on ''UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg'' and pranking Julius and Ethel Rosenberg into participating in espionage.



* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', the producer of Take-2 TV who was broadcasting Trucy's magic show planned to prank her live on the air by making her believe she had accidentally killed her co-performer, only for him to "come back to life". [[spoiler:It does exactly go according to the script, since the co-worker winds up dead for real. Although it's subverted in that this actually the producer's plan all along, as a way to frame Trucy for murder.]]



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* Music/{{Mamamoo}}'s "Mr. Ambiguous" music video leaves in a scene of Baek Ji Young and the rest of the crew pulling one of these off quite successfully on the girls. The camera crew secretly film them practising for the MV in front of Ji Young who pretends to harshly criticise them. The girls go into HeroicBSOD when they find out they've been fooled.
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* In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', the producer of Take-2 TV who was broadcasting Trucy's magic show planned to prank her live on the air by making her believe she had accidentally killed her co-performer, only for him to "come back to life". [[spoiler:It does exactly go according to the script, since the co-worker winds up dead for real. Although it's subverted in that this actually the producer's plan all along, as a way to frame Trucy for murder.]]
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* [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff800/fv00727.htm Referenced]] in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', as Florence seeks a robot whose brain was manufactured on Jean, and comes up with a test involving asking a target robot "What does your name smell like?"
* In ''Webcomic/GrrlPower,'' the engineer Omar makes a habit of occasionally dropping remarks that will draw screams of outrage from Maxima, and then [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/1886 snapping a picture of the rage-face with his smartphone.]]
--> '''Omar:''' ''[grinning]'' One of these days you'll stop falling for that, Max. Until then, the Anger Album continues to grow.
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* ''WesternAnimation/CreatureComforts'' (both versions) was a weird sort of Candid Camera Prank in that the victims knew it was happening - they were told at the time that they were being recorded for a TV show. Where the prank comes in was that neither character designers nor animators ever met the people being recorded. They wanted them to base appearance and performance on voice alone, so they were isolated from the process of recording so they wouldn't get any preconceived notions before setting to work. So there was an even chance you'd either be surprised to find out just how owlish you were, or offended that someone equated you with a gorilla. Thank God for anonymity, eh fellas?
** It's doubtful that they weren't told that they would be rendered in {{Claymation}}, but it might be a surprise to find out exactly how.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'', Fred and Barney weasel out of a commitment to attend a bachelor party for a friend (which to have them describe it makes it sound like this friend was about to die), and find themselves on film for the TV show "Peek-A-Boo Camera." They're excited at first but then face the realization that the wives will see it as well. They successfully manage to prevent the wives from seeing it, but the next week, the host says the segment was so well-received that they are repeating it. Cue Wilma and Betty about to thrash the boys.
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[[folder:Other]]
* The show is referenced in Creator/BillCosby's '60s standup sketch "Noah's Ark", where an incredulous Noah, receiving construction instructions from a voice in the air claiming to be God, eventually asks "Am I on ''Candid Camera''?"
* On ''Joe Piscopo'''s comedy album ''New Jersey'' one track is called "Candid Radio" where Piscopo as Alan Funt plays some "classic" pranks from the radio version of ''Candid Camera,'' including removing the "No Smoking" signs from the restrooms on ''UsefulNotes/TheHindenburg'' and pranking Julius and Ethel Rosenberg into participating in espionage.
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!!!Phone Scams:

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* Most ''MorningZoo'' radio shows will do this at some point.
** The radio station PLJ in New York City actually calls it "Phone Scams".
** 93.3 FLZ's MJ Morning show really likes '''''REALLY''''' annoying crank calls.
** This MorningZoo prank call went very very wrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRmAyyvAcZY
** ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' [[http://www.snopes.com/love/betrayal/radio.asp relays the tale]] of a woman who called into a radio show on Valentine's Day to have the [=DJs=] prank call her boyfriend. The DJ called the man and offered him free flowers, and he chose to send them... to his wife. Oops.



* Apparently the fear of this has become so ubiquitous that a US senator hung up on US President-Elect UsefulNotes/BarackObama because she thought he was a prankster. The fact that VP candidate Sarah Palin fell victim to a just such a prank several weeks earlier ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcEiR01QK7o this one from a group pretending to be the French president and his aide]]) probably contributed. Barack Obama was said to have been amused.
** OlderThanTheyThink: Legend has it that during the Second World War, a junior aide at Buckingham Palace rather rudely hung up on the then-Queen of the Netherlands, who'd just been evacuated -much against her will!- along with a GovernmentInExile ahead of the invading German Panzers. She was less than pleased at being forcibly separated from her country InItsHourOfNeed and had apparently been forced to sneak off to a public callbox to dial the only number she could find for the royal residence, and finally got connected at around the time the pubs were closing, so his suspicion is somewhat understandable.
* And then sometimes it happens the other way around. The famous British political cartoonist Karl {{Giles}} famously sketched several allegedly rather unflattering cartoons of the Royals, which was quite the courageous act back in the Fifties, and was rather surprised to receive a call from someone calling from Buckingham Palace. He responded with a hearty "Fuck off!" and slammed the receiver down, think it a colleague at the paper playing a prank on him. It really ''was'' Buckingham Palace, calling on behalf of Her Majesty to request the original to have it framed. Giles went on to receive a knighthood and his own biographer described him as an unofficial CourtJester to the British throne. And people accuse HRH the Queen of excessive BritishStuffiness...
* ''El vacilón de la mañana'' was famous in the Hispanic world for creating the infamous "Manolo Cabeza de Huevo" (Egghead Manolo) prank. It all begins with the DJ calling a concierge who ''hates'' being called "egghead". He promptly calls him and tells him "egghead". Then the DJ calls him and, with a high screeching voice, claims to be his bunhole. The final result: Manolo ends up yelling "Fuck you, fuck your mother, fuck you all, and fuck all your motherfucking genealogic tree!".
** Said radio show also managed to ''successfully'' trick Hugo Chávez into thinking he was being called by Fidel Castro, and viceversa.
* The most prolific American practitioners of the Phone Prank are The Jerky Boys, who've sold over 8,000,000 albums showcasing their work.
* Inverted by comedian Tom Mabe, who plays pranks on people who call ''him'' - namely, [[AcceptableTargets telemarketers]].
** JamesFlorentine has dabbled in this as well. ''Series/CrankYankers'' has also featured incoming call pranks to people who thought they were calling a package delivery service strongly hinted to be UPS.
** Steve Wozniak once owned a telephone number that was a frequent misdial for an airline. He would test his callers to see what kind of imaginary flights he could book, lowering the price by adding a ridiculous number of connections, and so forth. But these calls were never recorded or published.
** Minneapolis radio personality T.D. Mischke hosted a podcast when he was between jobs. The phone number his sponsors gave him turned out to have been previously owned by a few different people with credit problems. When the collection agencies would call in, he would have a lot of fun with them. [[http://www.mischkemadness.com/audiofiles/dont_be_mad.mp3 Here's a sample!]]



* ''TheSimpsons'', in its early years, had the RunningGag of Bart prank-calling Moe's Tavern with Double Entendre names, similar to the Red Tube Bar Prank Calls.
** In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Krusty's TV replacement, Gabbo, gets ready to perform a "patented Gabbo Crank Call" (on Krusty himself). When Bart complains that "he stole that bit from Krusty", Lisa counters that Krusty stole it from Steve Allen.
** In "Homer Alone", one of the things that stresses out Marge at the beginning is hearing KBBL's Bill and Marty prank-calling a man and telling him that his wife died.
* In Quebec, the most well known phone pranksters were the ''Justiciers Masqués'', a team of radio hosts. They usually prank normal people from around Quebec, but they also successfully pranked many Canadian politicians, and even Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, by passing as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They also fooled Music/BritneySpears into thinking she was speaking to Music/CelineDion... Despite them being an all men team ''and'' having French as their first language.
** They were also the ones behind the Sarah Palin prank call mentioned above.
* Radio host Gary Burbank would call people, claiming to be from the "U.S. Senseless Survey". People who didn't pay careful enough attention would think they were talking to the U.S. ''Census'' bureau and take the surveys that were, indeed, senseless.
* RussellBrand sometimes does this in his stand-up set, usually finding a slightly silly advertisement in the local newspaper of the town where he's doing the show and calling the business up with outrageous requests.
** He also did this on his radio show, which led to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsgate Sachsgate Scandal]], which (long story short) a message on comedian Andrew Sach's answer phone caused outrage due to comments about his grand daughter, leading to Creator/TheBBC getting fined by the regulators, Jonathon Ross (who was also present) being suspended and Brand's eventual resignation from the BBC. Proof that this kind of joke [[DudeNotFunny isn't always appreciated.]]
* Brent Douglas and the late Phil Stone of KMOD-FM in Tulsa, OK created "Radio/RoyDMercer," a country bumpkin who calls up businesses, citizens and even celebrities, asking for outlandish recompense for some wrong or another, and threatening an "ass-whoopin'" if he doesn't get it. Some believe that "Roy" is based on "Leroy Mercer," the brainchild of Tennessee native John Bean, who died in 1984 and whose [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes work was disseminated through bootleg tapes]] in the early '80s. Stone and Douglas claimed their character was original, despite the fact that "Roy's" and "Leroy's" calls share many similarities.


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* Most ''MorningZoo'' radio shows will do this at some point.
** The radio station PLJ in New York City actually calls it "Phone Scams".
** 93.3 FLZ's MJ Morning show really likes '''''REALLY''''' annoying crank calls.
** This MorningZoo prank call went very very wrong http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRmAyyvAcZY
** ''{{WebSite/Snopes}}'' [[http://www.snopes.com/love/betrayal/radio.asp relays the tale]] of a woman who called into a radio show on Valentine's Day to have the [=DJs=] prank call her boyfriend. The DJ called the man and offered him free flowers, and he chose to send them... to his wife. Oops.
* In Quebec, the most well known phone pranksters were the ''Justiciers Masqués'', a team of radio hosts. They usually prank normal people from around Quebec, but they also successfully pranked many Canadian politicians, and even Nicolas Sarkozy, president of France, by passing as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. They also fooled Music/BritneySpears into thinking she was speaking to Music/CelineDion... Despite them being an all men team ''and'' having French as their first language.
** They were also the ones behind the Sarah Palin prank call mentioned above.
* Radio host Gary Burbank would call people, claiming to be from the "U.S. Senseless Survey". People who didn't pay careful enough attention would think they were talking to the U.S. ''Census'' bureau and take the surveys that were, indeed, senseless.
* RussellBrand sometimes does this in his stand-up set, usually finding a slightly silly advertisement in the local newspaper of the town where he's doing the show and calling the business up with outrageous requests.
** He also did this on his radio show, which led to the infamous [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsgate Sachsgate Scandal]], which (long story short) a message on comedian Andrew Sach's answer phone caused outrage due to comments about his grand daughter, leading to Creator/TheBBC getting fined by the regulators, Jonathon Ross (who was also present) being suspended and Brand's eventual resignation from the BBC. Proof that this kind of joke [[DudeNotFunny isn't always appreciated.]]
* Brent Douglas and the late Phil Stone of KMOD-FM in Tulsa, OK created "Radio/RoyDMercer," a country bumpkin who calls up businesses, citizens and even celebrities, asking for outlandish recompense for some wrong or another, and threatening an "ass-whoopin'" if he doesn't get it. Some believe that "Roy" is based on "Leroy Mercer," the brainchild of Tennessee native John Bean, who died in 1984 and whose [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes work was disseminated through bootleg tapes]] in the early '80s. Stone and Douglas claimed their character was original, despite the fact that "Roy's" and "Leroy's" calls share many similarities.


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* ''El vacilón de la mañana'' was famous in the Hispanic world for creating the infamous "Manolo Cabeza de Huevo" (Egghead Manolo) prank. It all begins with the DJ calling a concierge who ''hates'' being called "egghead". He promptly calls him and tells him "egghead". Then the DJ calls him and, with a high screeching voice, claims to be his bunhole. The final result: Manolo ends up yelling "Fuck you, fuck your mother, fuck you all, and fuck all your motherfucking genealogic tree!". Said radio show also managed to ''successfully'' trick Hugo Chávez into thinking he was being called by Fidel Castro, and viceversa.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', in its early years, had the RunningGag of Bart prank-calling Moe's Tavern with Double Entendre names, similar to the Red Tube Bar Prank Calls.
** In "Krusty Gets Kancelled", Krusty's TV replacement, Gabbo, gets ready to perform a "patented Gabbo Crank Call" (on Krusty himself). When Bart complains that "he stole that bit from Krusty", Lisa counters that Krusty stole it from Steve Allen.
** In "Homer Alone", one of the things that stresses out Marge at the beginning is hearing KBBL's Bill and Marty prank-calling a man and telling him that his wife died.
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* Apparently the fear of this has become so ubiquitous that a US senator hung up on US President-Elect UsefulNotes/BarackObama because she thought he was a prankster. The fact that VP candidate Sarah Palin fell victim to a just such a prank several weeks earlier ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CcEiR01QK7o this one from a group pretending to be the French president and his aide]]) probably contributed. Barack Obama was said to have been amused.
** OlderThanTheyThink: Legend has it that during the Second World War, a junior aide at Buckingham Palace rather rudely hung up on the then-Queen of the Netherlands, who'd just been evacuated -much against her will!- along with a GovernmentInExile ahead of the invading German Panzers. She was less than pleased at being forcibly separated from her country InItsHourOfNeed and had apparently been forced to sneak off to a public callbox to dial the only number she could find for the royal residence, and finally got connected at around the time the pubs were closing, so his suspicion is somewhat understandable.
* And then sometimes it happens the other way around. The famous British political cartoonist Karl {{Giles}} famously sketched several allegedly rather unflattering cartoons of the Royals, which was quite the courageous act back in the Fifties, and was rather surprised to receive a call from someone calling from Buckingham Palace. He responded with a hearty "Fuck off!" and slammed the receiver down, think it a colleague at the paper playing a prank on him. It really ''was'' Buckingham Palace, calling on behalf of Her Majesty to request the original to have it framed. Giles went on to receive a knighthood and his own biographer described him as an unofficial CourtJester to the British throne. And people accuse HRH the Queen of excessive BritishStuffiness...
* The most prolific American practitioners of the Phone Prank are The Jerky Boys, who've sold over 8,000,000 albums showcasing their work.
* Inverted by comedian Tom Mabe, who plays pranks on people who call ''him'' - namely, [[AcceptableTargets telemarketers]].
** JamesFlorentine has dabbled in this as well. ''Series/CrankYankers'' has also featured incoming call pranks to people who thought they were calling a package delivery service strongly hinted to be UPS.
** Steve Wozniak once owned a telephone number that was a frequent misdial for an airline. He would test his callers to see what kind of imaginary flights he could book, lowering the price by adding a ridiculous number of connections, and so forth. But these calls were never recorded or published.
** Minneapolis radio personality T.D. Mischke hosted a podcast when he was between jobs. The phone number his sponsors gave him turned out to have been previously owned by a few different people with credit problems. When the collection agencies would call in, he would have a lot of fun with them. [[http://www.mischkemadness.com/audiofiles/dont_be_mad.mp3 Here's a sample!]]
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* ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' parodied ''Game for a Laugh'' by having the "prank" consist of the victim's wife (who was the one who submitted his name to the show) being brutally murdered and left for him to find when he gets home. When he finds out it's all for the show, he bursts out laughing in relief.

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* ''NotTheNineOClockNews'' ''Series/NotTheNineOClockNews'' parodied ''Game for a Laugh'' by having the "prank" consist of the victim's wife (who was the one who submitted his name to the show) being brutally murdered and left for him to find when he gets home. When he finds out it's all for the show, he bursts out laughing in relief.
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