April Fools Round-Up: Pranks from the Online Video World

/ Apr 1, 2014


This April Fools Day, our favorite online video platforms used their entertainment talent and wisdom to drum up some pretty hilarious (and sometimes convincing?) pranks on this notorious day for jokesters. Here’s a round-up of what not to fall for on this tricky day:

Hulu “brings you” spin-offs of TV’s top shows, based on the side character’s you’ve always (read: never) wanted to see more of. From “Community” Spanish teacher, Ben Chang, hosting his own educational puppet show to Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) letting you into his kitchen with delectable recipes (don’t worry — no human flesh involved), Hulu’s prank lineup almost makes you wish they were similarly inspired for real. Here are a couple of their “new show’s” trailers:


DramaFever, meanwhile, has embraced a different trend this prankster’s holiday. Finding that “it would be too difficult to continue creating new subtitles for English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese,” DramaFever has decided to use the universal language of emojis as subtitles for their diverse shows. Based on the comments under their promotional video, some of their more gullible viewers are struggling to decode emoji language to work with the platform’s “new plan.”

YouTube obviously had to hop on the April Fools bandwagon, as well, and they did so big time with a shocking revelation for everyone who thought viral videos happened due to a weird, democratic phenomenon. Now, YouTube “claims” that their special Trends Laboratory came up with every viral video from Gangnam Style to Rebecca Black’s Friday. They even invite you to send in ideas for the next batch of YouTube-generated memes. So shape the future of pop culture with YouTube!!….April fools…

CollegeHumor also stepped up to the plate with a “new fragrance,” made for women by a woman (specifically Amy Schumer). Make sure the subtlety of the pun in this video does not manage to escape you.

However, Netflix takes the cakes with this year’s best April Fool online video prank to date. It is…drum roll please…an original Netflix movie chronicling the hour and thirteen minute roasting of a rotisserie chicken. Simply titled “Rotisserie Chicken,” the moving film “in the tradition of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,’” (according to Netflix) follows this piece of meat as it spins tirelessly in high heat. The “movie’s” mock reviews may just be the best part.

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