It’s hard to believe, but 2023 marks the 30th anniversary of the Jerky Boys, a comedy duo that rose to fame in the early 90s with their hilarious prank phone calls. The Jerky Boys, consisting of Johnny Brennan and Kamal Ahmed, released their first album in 1993, which quickly became a cult classic.
Their unique brand of humor, which consisted of making prank phone calls to unsuspecting victims and recording their reactions, struck a chord with audiences across the country. The duo’s ability to create outrageous characters and improvise on the spot made their calls both entertaining and unpredictable.
The Jerky Boys’ success paved the way for other comedians and pranksters, and their influence can still be seen today in popular shows like Impractical Jokers and Crank Yankers. Their impact on the world of comedy is undeniable, and their legacy continues to inspire new generations of performers.
In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Jerky Boys, let’s take a look back at some of their most iconic moments. One of their most famous calls was to a Chinese restaurant, in which they pretended to be a customer with a thick New York accent who was having trouble ordering from the menu. The call quickly devolved into chaos, with the Jerky Boys making outrageous demands and confusing the poor restaurant employee.
Another classic call was to a plumbing company, in which the Jerky Boys pretended to be a customer who was having trouble with their toilet. The call quickly turned absurd, with the duo making increasingly ridiculous demands and suggestions for fixing the problem.
One of the things that set the Jerky Boys apart was their ability to create fully-realized characters on the spot. From Frank Rizzo, a stereotypical Italian-American tough guy, to Jack Tors, a flamboyant movie director, the Jerky Boys’ characters were as memorable as they were hilarious.
While the Jerky Boys’ style of humor may not be for everyone, it’s hard to deny their impact on the world of comedy. Their ability to create laughs out of everyday situations and their fearlessness in the face of absurdity inspired a generation of performers and pranksters. Here’s to the Jerky Boys and the 30th anniversary of their iconic debut album.