Watch a comedian who's a dead ringer for televangelist Joel Osteen make the most of his curse

Michael Klimkowski looks so much like unctuous megachurch proprietor Joel Osteen that strangers come up to him for autographs. Watch him throw on a suit and head out to Osteen appearances and events for a little mischief. Read the rest

Yarn bomber strikes Guggenheim Museum, enrobing toilet in golden yarn

Hyperallergic reports that a prankster festooned a Guggenheim Museum toilet with gold yarn, an apparent response to the 2016 gold toilet installation at the same museum (above). Read the rest

Joel Osteen impersonator crashes event and tricks crowd into thinking he's Osteen

Comedian Michael Klimkowski looks a lot like shady Megachurch pastor Joel Osteen (you know, the one who shut down his church when Hurricane Harvey survivors needed him most), so Klimkowski's sketch comedy group Dabs Den decided to have some fun.

Before an Osteen event started at the huge Forum in Los Angeles, watch how Kimkowski gets through parking security with his Osteen looks and fake charm. "God bless you," he tells many of Osteen's fans, as they ooh and ahh and ask to take pictures with him. He then makes it into the Forum, backstage, and finally in front of the stage, where people are just starting to trickle in. Klimkowski is smoooooth. Finally one of Osteen's henchmen recognizes that this isn't his sleazy boss, and security ushers him out, telling him he's going to jail. We never find out how it ends in this video. But fortunately, AVclub fills us in:

Henke also tells us that the confrontation recorded at the end of the video was with Osteen’s head of security. Though that guy asserts they’re going to the jail, Henke notes the “real police” just thought it was funny. “Especially because Mike, our ‘Joel,’ never really dropped character and kept getting approached by ‘fans’ even as we were detained.”

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Prankster sends a 419 scammer into a NSFW rage

Kvatch of The Hoax Hotel is masterful at playing rubes who fall for online scams. In this gem, he keeps an "FBI agent" named "Josh" on the line for nearly 22 minutes, riling him up until he's "the angriest scammer I've ever called." Read the rest

"Customer service" pranksters troll Chipotle customers

When someone complains on Facebook about an unsatisfactory experience at particular business establishment, there's a chance that Ben Palmer and Nick Price will respond as if they were representatives for that business. The duo are currently having fun calling themselves Chipolte (sic) Grill and trolling people who think they are communicating with official spokespersons of the hygiene-troubled restaurant.

And just for fun, here's one where they made fun of mega-rich televangelist Joel Osteen:

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China gives outlaw artist Ai Weiwei his passport back. Finally. For now.

Chinese art-provocateur whose work so very consistently pisses off the Chinese government, says he was given back his passport this week after being barred from traveling abroad since he was detained in 2011 in Beijing.

Documentary about James Broughton, poet, filmmaker, Radical Faerie

James Broughton (1913-1999) was an icon of San Francisco counterculture and the Bay Area's Beat scene. A poet, filmmaker, and prankster, Broughton was one of the original Radical Faeries and a member of The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. His gravestone reads: "Adventure – not predicament." I can't wait to see this new film about Broughton, titled Big Joy, that's currently on the film festival circuit! "Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton" Read the rest