Fake strongmen being sued after pranking way onto TV

Sam Warner
Photo credit: WEAU

From Digital Spy

A pair of pranksters who pretended to be strongmen are being sued by a TV station in the US after they blagged their way onto one of their shows.

WEAU's Hello Wisconsin viewers and hosts were left rather confused by the act 'Chop and Steele' back in November when they were booked.

However, their appearance on the show turned out to be a prank by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, who managed to get a spot on the show by sending a press release.

In it, they claimed to be Joe 'Chop' Shopsin and Nicholas 'Steele' Stelling, saying that they had appeared on the likes of America's Got Talent and at Disneyland.

During their appearance on the show, they performed a variety of bizarre acts, such as smashing straw baskets and slapping each other with tennis rackets.

As a result, Mercury News reports that Gray Television – which owns the channel – has filed a federal lawsuit against the pair, claiming fraud and copyright infringement, and asking the court to find that the two infringed the copyright of the episode they appeared on.

Photo credit: WEAU

The two are known for pranking, as well as showcasing old videotapes that they have found at thrift shops and garage sales.

"We hated doing promotional appearances on morning shows as ourselves so we thought it would be funny and interesting to see if we could book fake people on these morning shows," Prueher told New York Daily News.

He added of the aftermath of their appearance: "The anchor emailed us the following day saying, 'Well played, you guys.' But I guess the parent company is embarrassed so I guess they want to sue out of embarrassment."

He argued: "A simple Google search could have vetted this."

Want up-to-the-minute entertainment news and features? Just hit 'Like' on our Digital Spy Facebook page and 'Follow' on our @digitalspy Twitter account and you're all set.

You Might Also Like

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes