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08-24-2012, 09:02 PM
LOL! Reading this story in the Metro. A 21-year old prankster, Brett Cohen, and a group of friends planned a fake celebrity stunt in Times Square. They recruited two bodyguards via Craigslist, planted paparazzi-style photographers and personal assistants. They entered NBC on 50th Street and exited at 49th Street to a small crowd of people who had gathered after his "assistants" told them a big celebrity was about to exit. The crowd grew as Cohen (dressed to look the part) signed autographs and posed for about 300 photos! One of Cohen's friends interviewed the fans. Some of the people said they recognized Cohen from "Spider-Man". Some said they loved his music! In one group of excited teenagers, a girl can be heard saying, "This is the best day of my life! I love him!"

"I think it's ridiculous," Cohen laughed. "It makes a point about culture and how people are so obsessed with celebrity."

The prank continued for several blocks until one of Cohen's bodyguards ushered the fake crew into a hotel bar. The crowd eventually dissipated. At the end of the video, Cohen is seen walking to the subway as if nothing happened! :lol:

08-24-2012, 10:19 PM
For those who would like to see it, you can find the video here. (http://entertainment.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474981576356)

08-24-2012, 10:24 PM
I have all of his albums.

08-24-2012, 10:27 PM

08-24-2012, 10:35 PM
Well, I was a fan back BEFORE he was famous!!:lol:;)

08-24-2012, 10:36 PM
This is great! :lol:

08-24-2012, 10:41 PM
I have all of his albums.

Well, I was a fan back BEFORE he was famous!!:lol:;)

He fathered MY child, but he won't acknowledge it. :drama:

08-24-2012, 11:19 PM
My wife tutored him for his bar mitzvah!

:rofl: Wow, what fools these mortals be.

08-24-2012, 11:28 PM
My wife tutored him for his bar mitzvah!

Well, that COULD be true.


08-24-2012, 11:41 PM
I don't think it's just America's obsession, but that is pretty funny.

On a related but not funny note, when CNN was interviewing one of the witnesses from this morning's shootings by the Empire State Bldg, she said that she didn't realize what had happened (had headphones on, so heard no gun shots) but she started running toward the scene when she saw people running because she "thought it was a celebrity sighting".

08-25-2012, 01:50 AM
This guy ranks second only to some liberal leaning political pranksters that I like: I hope we see more "sightings."

I think our tabloids might now be more salacious than their British counterparts (nothing to be proud of imho.)

08-25-2012, 03:24 AM
Hey, he took me to the prom in 1977! :D :D

08-26-2012, 02:19 PM
And his ancestors are from Finland, so he is related to me:rofl:

08-26-2012, 07:43 PM
Waiting for the sex tape to surface :shuffle:

08-26-2012, 08:11 PM
What an eye opening story. Thanks for posting.