There are three essential steps that go into executing the perfect prank:
1. Choose a gullible and unsuspecting target.
2. Carry out the plan of action while capturing it all on camera.
3. Share the video with the Internet-at-large, and pray it finds its way onto an episode of “Ain’t That America.”
On tonight’s “ATA,” Lil Duval and Co. will honor some of the everyday folks who followed these steps accordingly, but, as a warmup for the master scheming that lies ahead, we’ve gathered together some of the most triumphant trickery in MTV history. From “Punk’D” to “Jersey Shore,” take a look back at the greatest WTF hijinks to ever hit the network.
“Jersey Shore,” Inside-Out Shore House
Across six seasons, each and every housemate participated in at least one prank, but there’s no question that Pauly D and Vinny pulled off the craftiest of them all. While the rest of the crew was away on a camping trip during Season 5, the two best buds conspired to turn their entire summer rental inside-out. The looks on the cast’s faces — Sitch’s, in particular — when they returned home to find their shoes, dressers, Crocadilly, etc. on the deck were absolutely priceless. Nothing like a little feng shui to cause a major freakout!
“Jersey Shore,” Paula’s Not-So-Sweet Dessert
In terms of quantity, Mike won the title of Biggest Seaside Heights Prankster. However, when it came to quality, his ex, Paula…took the cake. After giving her the relationship-title runaround for more than one summer, Sitch finally got a taste of his own medicine — which tasted somewhat like another man’s sack.
“Snooki & JWOWW,” Back At The Ranch…
There comes a point in every couple’s relationship when pushing each other’s buttons becomes sport, and it’s safe to say that Snooki and Jionni, as well as JWOWW and Roger, are well into that phase. In between riding horses and milking pigs at a dude ranch, Jionni and Roger found the time to frighten their fiancés with fake snakes in the toilet and campfire hijinks. Boys will be boys.
“Real World Ex-Plosion,” Producers Pull A Fast One
On the fourth episode of the current season, the show’s producers pulled off the biggest twist in the history of the series when they invited the castmates’ exes to move in while everyone was on a day trip. It’s hard enough sharing a house with seven strangers, but double the number and you’re looking at mutiny.
“Jerks With Cameras,” Baby-Daddy Drama
In this new MTV series, comedians prank complete strangers and capture it all on camera. Perhaps the most memorable stunt so far was when Danielle walked up to several unsuspecting men on the street, and accused them of fathering her unborn child. Now that’ll get a guy’s attention!
“Punk’d,” Justin Timberlake Cries A River
Before there were jerks with cameras, there was Ashton Kutcher. “Punk’d” made waves throughout Hollywood when the actor began pranking some of the entertainment world’s most elite, letting them know that even they weren’t safe from public humiliation. In this classic “Punk’d” episode, Justin Timberlake tears up when “tax collectors” come to repossess alllll his stuff.
“Laguna Beach,” The Boys’ Bloody B&E
Speaking of classics, here’s a blast from the past. On an episode from the show’s second season, one girl’s night turned into a gory horror movie when the boys took a page out of Jason’s book.