10 Celebrity Pranks to Get You Into the April Fools’ Day Spirit

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Hollywood sure knows how to pull a fast one.

While us plebes are trying to trick one another into sitting on a whoopee cushion, your faves are pulling big production pranks involving burning boats and hired actors. To celebrate April Fool’s Day, we’re looking at all the mischief celebrities have gotten in the past few years.

Here are some of our favorite pranks:

1. Justin Timerlake on Punk’d

Prankster: Ashton Kutcher
Victim: Justin Timberlake

No one did pranks quite like MTV’s Punk’d. Perhaps the greatest — and most iconic — moment from the show was when Kutcher tricked Timberlake into thinking he owed $900,000 in back taxes. When the repo man showed up at the singer’s house to take away his stuff (including his dog), Timberlake broke down into genuine tears until someone revealed that it was all a joke caught on candid camera.

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2. Aaron Paul Tricks Breaking Bad Fans

Prankster: Aaron Paul
Victim: The world

The perhaps played the meanest trick of all when he told fans during a Periscope stream that he would be working on a spinoff series about his Breaking Bad character, Jesse Pinkman, once the AMC show had ended. Needless to say, fans were crushed when they eventually learned that it was all a hoax.

3. Sarah Silverman’s iPhone Camera Trick

Prankster: Sarah Silverman
Victim: Conan O’Brien

The comedienne tricked the late night talk show host into showing a “vagina” on the air with a simple camera hack. Apparently, if you take a photo of someone’s lips when their head is tilted sideways, the results look a lot like, um, a certain lady part.

4. Taylor Swift’s Boat Fire

Prankster: Justin Bieber
Victim: Taylor Swift

Bieber made his then-BFF Swift think that she had accidentally set a boat on fire while playing with fireworks on an episode of Punk’d. Needless to say, goody-two-shoes Swift nearly had a mental breakdown after learning that she had “ruined” someone’s wedding until she spotted the camera crew.

5. Amy Schumer Photobombs Kimye

Prankster: Amy Schumer
Victims: Kim Kardashian, Kanye West

The Inside Amy Schumer star took on America’s most talked-about couple when she photobombed their red carpet appearance at Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People gala. “All the reporters were going crazy, and it was Kim and Kanye, just standing there, just like owning it just like being short and important. And I just couldn’t help,” she later explained of why she decided to prank the duo. “I think falling is the funniest thing, so I just took a dive in front of them and pretended like I fell.”

6. George Clooney’s Long Con

Prankster: George Clooney
Victim: Richard Kind

Clooney may have an ongoing prank war with friend Brad Pitt, but the actor’s longest con went to the stunt he pulled on actor Kind in 1996. After tricking his pal that he was taking art classes, Clooney gifted Kind with an admittedly awful painting, which he found in the garbage and autographed, for his 40th birthday. For years, Kind hung the art in his house and told guests that Clooney had painted the piece as a present. Clooney broke the news to Kind about the prank five years later on a late night talk show.

7. Arnold Schwarzenegger Pranks Gym Goers

Prankster: Arnold Schwarzenegger
Victims: Gold’s Gym members

The former Mr. Universe pretended to be a trainer to scold patrons at a Los Angeles gym who were maybe not putting 100 percent into their workouts. Some fell for it; others didn’t. Everybody got a laugh out of it.

8. Jennifer Lawrence Turns the Tables

Prankster: Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson
Victim: Smosh

The Hunger Games trio turned the tables on the people behind Smosh, who normally prank celebrities by purposefully messing up their interviews. With the help from a fan named Dylan Miceli-Nelson, Hemsworth and Hutcherson instructed Lawrence to sabotage her own sit-down with the YouTube pranksters. Dueling pranks? Done.

9. All the Times Ellen DeGeneres Scared Someone

Prankster: Ellen DeGerenes
Victims: Her guests

The daytime talk show host has managed to make a hobby out pranking her celebrity guests. From Selena Gomez to Miley Cyrus, no one has been safe from a good fright. In fact, DeGeneres is e so successful at scaring Hollywood’s elite that she’s managed to pull stunt more than 121 times. Good game.

10. Adele Auditions to Become Adele

Prankster: Adele
Victims: Adele impersonators

Adele perhaps launched the greatest comeback when she surprised Adele impersonators at an audition. Armed with prosthetics, the singer, going by “Jenny,” managed to infiltrate the crowd by pretending that she was up for a part before revealing herself when she — natch — started to sing. Jaws dropped, and fans nearly lost it right there and then.