Saturday, February 06, 2010

Practical Jokes

My Fellow Comedists,

This week's topic is practical jokes. The experience of having been pranked is the key to it all: first, the confusion, then the realization which gives rise to need for evasive action, then the sense of having been had, and finally a sense of perspective and appreciation that that was a good one.

My favorite one was the old bouillon cube in the shower head in college. The amount of time it took to start dissolving was just about the amount of time needed to get a head full of shampoo. Kool-aid powder in the shower head came out too fast and too quickly, but the bouillon cubes worked just right.

Of course, there are always the untended consequences. Like the time in high school when we doused a friend's underwear in women's perfume while he was still in the shower after gym class only to have him have an allergic reaction and have to go home thinking he had the chicken pox.

So, what are the best practical jokes you've ever pulled or know of? Any unintended consequence stories?

Live, love, and laugh,

Irreverend Steve