April Fool’s Day is today, and what better way to celebrate the day that it’s totally cool to wrap a toilet in cellophane than to go through some of the best celebrity pranks throughout the ages? Of course, by “ages,” we mean anything within the new millennium. Whether they’re perpetrated on the first of April, done to add a spark of fun to a hoity toity red carpet, or executed merely for comedic purposes, pranks have been a traditional part of human culture since the 1300s. At least according to Geoffrey Chaucer and his unfinished ‘Canterbury Tales.’ (Fred Flintstone would probably disagree, though.) Anyway, check out our list to see a lot of prankster celebs and their unwitting victims.
Sacha Baron Cohen Spills Ashes on Ryan Seacrest - 2012 Oscars
Then he “accidentally” spilled them on Ryan Seacrest.
Seacrest was a good sport about the whole thing, later revealing it was just flour, and Cohen joked that he bought the media mogul a new jacket made “by child slave labor.”
Upon seeing the “ashes,” Tina Fey adorably crossed herself — which just made the prank that much better.
Bill Murray Reads to Construction Workers at Poets
Joel McHale and Ryan Seacrest
On April Fool’s Day in 2010, McHale took over Seacrest’s entire website, renaming it, photoshopping his head onto Ryan’s body, hacking his Twitter account and sending out disparaging yet amusing tweets throughout the day.
It is said that on this day, Joel McHale truly won the internet. Check out some screenshots below to see all the hilarity.
Joel McHale Pranks Ryan Seacrest
Classic Joel McHale
Joel McHale Hacks Ryan Seacrest's Twitter
David Beckham Goes Undercover
Conan O'Brien Buys Mashable, Ousts Pete Cashmore as CEO
Conan claimed in the announcement that he yelled at Mashable’s top dog in a possible British accent, ranting, “You’re out! Get out! You’re through Cashmore! Through! Get out!”
He then announced himself as the current CEO, and later in the day, released another video in which he apologized, said he wasn’t the CEO, and that he’d accidentally purchased a ‘M*A*S*H’ TV fan site instead. Oops.
Conan O'Brien 'Resigns' as Mashable CEO
F*@#ing Matt Damon
On the program, Silverman instructs the crew to roll the clip she brought, in which she sings a song about how she’s cheating on Jimmy with his nemesis Matt Damon.
The song is unsurprisingly called ‘I’m F—ing Matt Damon’ — and features the man himself singing along.
The Emmy Award-winning ditty was just another joke in a long string revolving around Kimmel bumping Damon from his show on a regular basis. The ongoing prank finally culminated in Matt taking his revenge by kidnapping Jimmy and taking over an entire episode of his program. It was perfection.
Tre Parker Matt Stone Acid at Oscars
Not only did they attend the Oscars — where Parker’s song ‘Blame Canada’ was nominated for Best Song — and do it while tripping balls, they also did it while wearing reproductions of gowns worn by Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow. (The original plan was to dress as ducks, but the dynamic duo were worried they wouldn’t be allowed in.)
Even funnier, they made a pact that during interviews, they wouldn’t do anything to draw attention to the fact that they were in drag.
Sofia Vergara Plays a Hidden Camera Prank
Like David Beckham earlier in this list, Vergara was being fed instructions by Ellen, who smiled with demonic glee from the safety of her studio.
If you’ve ever wanted to see grown men treat an insane woman who is also insanely hot like she’s not at all crazy while she sobs on the floor and gallops like a horse, this is the prank for you. (And if it’s not? Maybe other DeGeneres/Vergara pairings like this or this are more your speed.)
Jerry Weintraub Gets Pranked by George Clooney!
And somehow, ‘Oceans Twelve’ producer Jerry Weintraub became the unwitting victim of both his film’s stars.
As he tells the story, he was in the middle of getting a massage from a beautiful young lady when Clooney came into the room with Pitt and commandeered the massage without Weintraub’s knowledge. (George must have very soft hands.)
Meanwhile, Brad supposedly captured the whole thing on video. It may never wind up on YouTube, but it’s probably one helluva blackmail tool.
Aziz Ansari's Look-Alike Fools Anderson?
The confused host shook the hand of the “almost but not quite there” stand-in before putting on his glasses and scrutinizing the guest who wasn’t quite the guy Cooper had scheduled.
Eventually, Anderson gave a few confused blinks and asked, “Who the hell are you?” At which point the real Aziz Ansari rushed out and apologized for running late and having his lookalike fill in until he got there.
Ansari also brought along a creepy Anderson Cooper doppelganger. You can see him below.
Aziz Ansari's Giant Surprise for Anderson
Justin Timberlake Gets Punk'd