Lifestyle | Culture

Pandora’s Hope Movie

Year(s): 2012, 2013

In 2012, while film director Andrea Marini was shooting his documentary Art of the Prank about Joey Skaggs, Joey was producing, directing and appearing in Pandora’s Hope, a fake short documentary about the ethics and perils of genetic modification in plant and human organisms.

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Trump’s Kool-Aid, New York

Year(s): 2019

On Monday, April 1, 2019, Joey Skaggs’ 34th Annual April Fools’ Day Parade and 3rd Annual Trumpathon went off without a hitch! Marching from 5th Avenue and 59th Street to Trump Tower at 57th Street in Manhattan, paraders wearing Donald Trump masks carried protest signs and toasted the President with his own Kool-Aid. A police squadron cheerfully escorted the parade.

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Trump’s Military Parade

Year(s): 2018

New York City’s 33rd Annual April Fools’ Day Parade kicked off with a satirical take on Trump’s Military Parade. President Trump astride a tricycle mounted sling-shot launcher with a 10 foot tall rocket was joined by Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean “Rocket Man” Kim Jong Un who had his own smaller rocket. 

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Trump’s Golden Throne

Year(s): 2017

April Fools’ Day is Joey Skaggs’ favorite holiday. Every year since 1986, to commemorate and celebrate the folly of mankind, he has organized New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade. Over the years, the parade has grown in stature and has now joined the ranks of beloved New York parades. In 2017, unlike other years when the parades have attracted major media coverage but have basically been a figment of Joey’s imagination, there actually was a parade. It was a Trumpathon!

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Bullshit Detector Watch

Year(s): 2006

In 2006, Joey Skaggs launched the Universal Bullshit Detector Watch, a satirical wristwatch to help people make humorous social commentary any time, anywhere. With the push of a button, the watch flashes, moos and poops. It also tells time. The watch is available for sale at

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It Ain’t Me Babe

Year(s): 2005

British TV host, author, and wannabe hoaxer Danny Wallace, hoped to pull a fast one on New York artist, sociopolitical satirist, and renowned hoaxer Joey Skaggs. It just didn’t work out the way he planned.

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Mobile Homeless Homes

Year(s): 2012

Joey Skaggs, fed up with the financial industry’s wanton disregard for the plight of millions of Americans suffering under the economic strain caused by the Great Recession of 2008, came up with a new approach to housing for people who’d lost their homes. He built a prototype for his Mobile Homeless Home and took it, with a band of homeless Muppets, to demonstrate in front of Goldman Sachs in New York.

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Art of the Prank Blog

Year(s): 2007

Joey Skaggs launched “The Art of the Prank” blog on April 1, 2007. Here visitors find insights, news and discussions on everything to do with pranks, hoaxes, culture jamming and reality hacking – past, present and future – mainstream and counter culture around the world.

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Art Attack

Year(s): 2002

In February 2001, Joey Skaggs was invited to participate in an exhibition at the Espai D’Art Contemporani (EACC) in Castellon, Spain. The show, entitled “En el Lado de la Television” [In the Side of Television] was intended to explore the relationships, contradictions and paradoxes between art and the mass media. Skaggs proposed a concept dealing with terrorism, violence and the media…

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Scandal in Slovenia

Year(s): 2001

On February 22, 2001, friend and co-conspirator Miso Alkalaj sent Joey Skaggs the first of many emails about a news story unfolding in Slovenia. A young law student had announced that he, representing all of Europe, had won first prize in a world competition in computer programming in Rio. Skeptics in the media became suspicious because they could not substantiate the existence of the competition, nor could they locate or talk to the student who had received government funding to enter this contest. Because Alkalaj declined to comment, they summarily decided that the whole thing was a hoax and he and Skaggs were behind it. The story gets more bizarre from there.

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