A couple weeks ago, I shared with you a video that I thought was pretty darn hilarious: strongmen Chop & Steele doing their Give Thanks 4 Strengths tour on a few morning TV shows in Wisconsin.
Now as you already know if you’d read my blog (or as I’m sure you can gather from watching the video), these guys aren’t real strongmen or personal trainers or anything even close to that. Their names are Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, and they’re part of the Found Footage Festival. They’d pranked these shows into having them on by going through the same process most of these guests go through to be featured and not getting caught… But when they started selling DVD’s with their antics on them, they ran into some legal troubles. Again, read my BLOG about it for more on that.
That wasn’t where the duo quit, though. Pickett and Prueher managed to prank some more TV stations by dressing Prueher up as Chef Keith Guerke and sending him in. The result was pretty hilarious – have a look:
The first thing that jumped out at me was early on when he asked the reporter if he was familiar with GG Allin. For those of you who are not, GG Allin was a singer/songwriter known for his crazy live shows, during which he would often attack or fight with members of the audience, among other things. I’ll let Professor Wikipedia do the heavy lifting on this one if you want to learn more… At any rate, any mention of GG Allin is kind of out of place during a cooking segment.
He also just does some pretty weird things – which I guess is prefaced when he mentions that he has a pretty unorthodox way of doing things… But a mashed potato ice cream cone made with room-temperature gravy “because your hands will warm it up” is a bit much. Then again, that’s the whole point.
“There’s a statistic that around the holidays, around Christmas – especially between Thanksgiving and Christmas – one of the highest suicide rates, and I think part of that is the stress of ‘What am I going to do with these leftovers?'”
It’s so simultaneously insensitive and hilarious, someone MUST have caught on around that point… That, or bogus “facts” like the one suggesting that humans on average eat a pound and a half of feces per year. I don’t know about what you’ve been eating, but I’m not so sure about that. And I mean, pouring six liquefied meals into a milk jug for easy keeping is something we all do, right? RIGHT?!
And at the end, the ol’ “Oh I just checked my email, and I might have to cancel that signing because the books have not arrived.” Pretty much exactly like the excuse that Chop & Steele used. Maybe we can find him in a Home Depot parking lot.
Like I said, this is all really just a ploy to get more footage for their Found Footage Festival, and like the video says, you can find more on the website… So I did a little digging, and here’s what I found – his full segment on morning TV in Milwaukee:
I kinda can’t wait to see where we’ll see Pickett and Prueher next – or who will be suing them next. Now that I look, it seems the Chop & Steele video has actually been removed from the website altogether – likely something to do with that lawsuit. Another thing I just noticed – this all went down about 3 years ago. Whoops! Still funny.
I can’t help but be reminded of what happened with our friends at Global Calgary when they did something similar – except it wasn’t a “professional chef” who brought the food. It was morning show member Leslie Horton who brought in this artichoke dip for her colleagues to try. It didn’t go as planned – have a look:
You can get a little more backstory on that bit of live TV magic in my blog HERE.