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Your Guide to the Funniest April Fools’ Day Pranks on the Web

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April 1st is the official day for showing people just how completely untrustworthy you are by pranking them mercilessly. It’s a day where the world collectively decides to partake in predictable pranks on par with dad-joke level humor. For the most part, most people wake up already programmed not to believe anything anyone tells them, which makes this the worst day ever to break any important news. And sure, once in a while a prank can go horribly wrong. Like fake breaking up with your boyfriend only to learn he really wanted to dump your ass anyway and was relieved you did it first. Awkward.

But some people do manage to be entertaining, even if you’re fully aware that they’re full of sh*t. Check out some of the better April Fool’s jokes we found today.

Google Maps gets gamified

Google has created the ultimate time waster with this year’s April Fools’ prank. They modded Google maps, turning it into an instant Pac-Man game playable anywhere in the world.

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Funny or Die Dips

Funny or Die launched what they hope to be the most revolutionary breakthrough in online comedy aimed at anyone who loves to laugh but has a very minimal attention span, aka everyone who uses the Internet. Dips takes the shortest, quickest, funniest 1.5 seconds of anything and loops them over and over and over and over and over… until you die laughing or burst into an annoyed rage and break your computer.


Pizza Hut Scratch & Sniff menu

Apparently the Pizza Hut in the UK is a bunch of little scamps, because they dreamed up this gem of a prank. Ironically, considering some of their most recent menu items, this actually seems like a decent idea by comparison.

Not to be outdone, Pizza Hut US unveiled the ultimate pizza beer:


Selfie Shoes

Miss Mooz got into the pranking spirit a few days early when they announced their newest shoe, Selfie Shoes. This sounds like something that’s bound to become a real thing any day now.


Back to the Future Reboot Trailer

The folks at IGN go into the April Fools’ spirit by dropping this fake Back to the Future movie trailer. This super clever faux film mashes up the ’80s classic with the never-ending Fast and Furious series. Don’t get any ideas, Hollywood.


Elgoog

Google lives to make all of us the April Fool. In addition to their Pac-Man Google Maps and announcing things like the keyless keyboard in Japan and the Smartbox by Inbox, they’ve also launched Elgoog, which is Google, backwards. Too bad Google Glass wasn’t just a prank, huh guys?

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MS Dos Mobile

Microsoft teased that they were taking cellphones old school with MS Dos Mobile. They went all out and even made an app for this one. Knee slapper!


Amazon Vintage

Despite what people thought, Amazon Dash was very real. Instead for April Fools’, the company went old school by reverting their homepage to its 1999 look. The prank is pretty elaborate when you consider that all the items listed on the homepage are as they were 16 years ago.

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Space Date

VH1 spoofed their many, many cheaply produced dating shows by taking the genre to the most logical next location — deep space.


Hulu Pets

Now you can binge watch with your furry friends thanks to new Hulu series Clawed City, Bone Appetit and more.


Angry Birds Gets Gritty

It’s a bad time to be a pig…


Every News Organization Gets Wacky

Because the line between real and fake news is ever dwindling, pretty much every major news organization became The Onion for a day.

The Sun claimed Simon Cowell’s face will appear on the $5 note.

Cern confirmed that their researchers had discovered The Force.

Daily Telegraph reported that Qatar has been awarded a place in the 2020 European soccer championships.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is become a luxury hotel, according to The Telegraph.

Check out more funny stuff over on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.

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Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon.

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number!

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time.

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by.

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo.

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim.

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t?

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?”

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud.

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.