Air dates: June 23, 2002-2005
Stars: Tony Barbieri, Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel, Tracy Morgan, Kevin Nealon, Biz Markie, Wanda Sykes, Sarah Silverman
Does anyone even make prank phone calls anymore? It seems like a practice that went the way of MTV's The Grind, slap bracelets, and every other long-gone hallmark of our childhoods. Perhaps revisiting Comedy Central's unique Crank Yankers (2002-2007) could bring forth the revival of fake names like "Seymour Butts" and "Ben Dover" and jokes about running refrigerators.
Created by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Daniel Kellison, Crank Yankers provided comedians like Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Fred Armisen, and Dane Cook the opportunities to piss off unseen targets, or "marks," over the telephone, while the fake scenarios were played out with puppets. And with characters like elder, crazed Vietnam War vet Dick Birchum (voiced by Adam Carolla), football player turned awful rapper Landalious "The Truth" Truefield (David Alan Grier), and Karl Malone (Kimmel's impersonation of the NBA great), the eccentric humor was always good for some uncomfortable laughs.