Crank Yankers

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Crank Yankers
Created byAdam Carolla
Daniel Kellison
Jimmy Kimmel
StarringTony Barbieri
Adam Carolla
Jim Florentine
Jimmy Kimmel
Tracy Morgan
Kevin Nealon
Sarah Silverman
Wanda Sykes
Biz Markie
Theme music composerAdam Schlesinger
Steven Gold[1]
Opening themeAdam Schlesinger, Steven Gold
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70
Production
Running time21–22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelComedy Central (2002–2005)
MTV2 (2007)
Original runJune 3, 2002 (2002-06-03) – March 30, 2007 (2007-03-30)
 
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Crank Yankers
Created byAdam Carolla
Daniel Kellison
Jimmy Kimmel
StarringTony Barbieri
Adam Carolla
Jim Florentine
Jimmy Kimmel
Tracy Morgan
Kevin Nealon
Sarah Silverman
Wanda Sykes
Biz Markie
Theme music composerAdam Schlesinger
Steven Gold[1]
Opening themeAdam Schlesinger, Steven Gold
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70
Production
Running time21–22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channelComedy Central (2002–2005)
MTV2 (2007)
Original runJune 3, 2002 (2002-06-03) – March 30, 2007 (2007-03-30)

Crank Yankers is an American television show produced by Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison that featured actual crank calls made by show regulars and celebrity guests, and re-enacted onscreen by puppets for a visual aid to show the viewer what is happening in the call. The show premiered in 2002 on Comedy Central and returned to MTV2 on February 9, 2007, running again until March 30, 2007. The show screened in Australia on SBS Television and The Comedy Channel between 2003 and 2008.[citation needed]

Behind the scenes[edit]

The performers are given a basic outline of a premise by the writers, and call telephone numbers from a list of selected targets (known as "marks"). Using the basic premises, the performers improvise most of their lines, playing off of the responses of their marks, with the intention to keep them on the phone as long as possible.

With the exception of a few outside sources (including previous material from Jim Florentine and the Touch-Tone Terrorists), all the calls are made from Nevada. The Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 makes it illegal in most states to record telephone calls without both parties' consent. Under Nevada law, only one of the parties has to give consent (i.e., the caller), so prank calls can be recorded without the consent of the prank victims. One result of this was the series' schedule of creating and airing new episodes was fairly sporadic due to most of the celebrities living in Los Angeles, having Los Angeles-based jobs, and so were only periodically able to go to Las Vegas to make calls. Adam Carolla, for example, took his radio program to Las Vegas once or twice a year, and while there would record new calls for the program.

The puppets are then constructed based on the various marks' voices, and, along with a series of stock characters (such as "Niles Standish", "Bobby Fletcher", and "Special Ed") based on the performers' character voices, the calls are re-enacted for the skits.

The main character puppets for first season were constructed by Bob Flanagan's company Den Design with additional puppets built by BJ Guyer, Carol Binion, Rick Lyon, Ron Binion, Jim Kroupa, and Artie Esposito. An in-house puppet shop was set up for the following seasons to accommodate the fast-paced schedule of the show and the sheer volume of puppet characters required for each episode.

The puppets are puppeteered by Ronald Binion, Rick Lyon, BJ Guyer, Victor Yerrid, Paul McGinnis, Alice Dinean Vernon, and Artie Esposito.[citation needed]

Originally, the show was titled Prank Puppets; it was renamed after Comedy Central lawyers deemed that it implied malice.[2]

Regular characters[edit]

Performers[edit]

Jimmy Kimmel
Adam Carolla
Drew Carey
Dave Chappelle
Dane Cook
David Cross
Eminem
Tracy Morgan
Sarah Silverman
Tony Barbieri
Jeff Goldblum
Jamie Kennedy
Jack Black
Tom Kenny
Kyle Gass
Susie Essman
Jim Florentine
Touch-Tone Terrorists
Fred Armisen
Nicole Sullivan
Kevin Nealon
Super Dave Osborne
David Alan Grier
Rick Rosner
Wanda Sykes
Snoop Dogg
Ludacris
Jack Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne
Billy West
Lisa Kushell
Stephen Colbert
Patton Oswalt
Denis Leary
Biz Markie
Chamillionaire
Seth MacFarlane
Mitch Hedberg
Dr. Drew Pinsky
Wu-Tang Clan
Seth Green
Lil' Jon
Andy Milonakis
Steve-O
Ryan Dunn
Nick Cannon
Kenan Thompson
Robert Smigel
Josh Gardner
Good Charlotte
Jonathan Kimmel
Gilbert Gottfried
Bobcat Goldthwait

Chief artists working for the show include:

Xavier Corby
Chris Davis
Todd Hulin
Shane Klein
David Kolodny-Nagy
Dutch Merrick
Kristie Moore
Brook Shafer
Jason Tyne
Mark Walbaum

DVD releases[edit]

DVD NameRelease DateEp #Additional Information
Season 1 UncensoredSeptember 28, 200410"Dial 'T' for Torment: Mini-Documentary, Two Unaired Calls.
Season 2 Volume 1 UncensoredApril 26, 200515Unaired Calls.
Season 2 Volume 2 UncensoredNovember 29, 2005154 exclusive audio calls from Fred Armisen, Eminem, Jim Florentine, and Jimmy Kimmel.
The Best of Crank YankersDecember 4, 2007N/AIncludes 60 favorite calls.

CD releases[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] "Crank Yankers" at IMDB
  2. ^ "The Adam Carolla Show: Matt Atchity (January 6, 2012)". Podcast. ACE Broadcasting. January 6, 2012. Retrieved 7 January 2012. "@31:00min: Crank Yankers was originally called 'Prank Puppets' and the pussy fucking lawyers said ..." 

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