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Taking audiences on a wild ride, this emotional and humorous documentary from filmmaker Andrea Marini follows the evolution of New York artist Joey Skaggs, a fierce proponent of independent thinking and an early critic of media irresponsibility.
Customer reviews on Amazon.com:
“Joey Skaggs is a true American hero. Art of the Prank is a wonderful movie and a great place to START learning about the greatest prankster ever. George Washington has how many books written about him? How many movies reference him? Well Skaggs is the George Washington of American pranking. He has pointed out repeatedly, with humor, deep insight and righteous indignation the hypocrisy of government, business and other institutions, the sloth and self regard of the sentinels of the 4th estate, and the general silliness and credulity of many of his fellow citizens. For me as a nascent prankster, Joey set the standard. Never cruel, never self aggrandizing, always skewering humanities tendency for unearned self regard and pomposity with whimsical yet incisive wit, Joey Skaggs wrote the book on the subject.” -JOHN W. LAW
“Wonder why anyone believes in Pizzagate, or in countless other “fake news” stories planted on the internet? Way back in the 70s, media prankster Joey Skaggs began gleefully and successfully exploiting precisely this sort of “need to believe” with such elaborate hoaxes as “Cathouse for Dogs” and “Celebrity Sperm Bank,” embarrassing media outlets and the public into eagerly falling for dozens of them over the years. This highly entertaining and funny documentary of Skaggs’s career is essential viewing for anyone who is interested in the techniques by which our notions of reality can easily be manipulated.” -WILLIAM A. LOEB
“Best hour an a half I’ve spent in quite awhile.” -HANN D. MANN