It’s a tired old human thing (me, I am) to feel somewhat confused after something big happens in your life, and everyone else continues to carry on with their own lives as if you were never their number one priority. Someone close to you dies and you walk outside and see a neighbor washing her car, as if she was living in a world in which that person were still alive. You and your boyfriend break up and you call him a few hours later and he’s at a pizza restaurant. You break your toe and literally no one cares or wants to hear about it or wants to look at it, or even just the picture you took of it. It’s always kind of jarring, and never feels particularly good, but maybe we should be taking more comfort in these moments than we’re first inclined to. Matt Damon appeared on Letterman last night and told a story about one of prankmaster George Clooney’s classic pranks — this one involving Tina Fey and Amy Poehler — giving the impression that George Clooney will continue tirelessly pranking other grown adult A-list celebrities, even if we, also adults, are not here to tirelessly document it. We could easily feel down about this, taking it as a reminder of the forum we’re losing. Or we could look at it as evidence of the resilience of the human spirit. Certainly the woman washing her car has had someone die in her past, and here she is, washing her car. Certainly that boyfriend is devastated that he lost the best thing he will ever have in his entire life, and yet here he is, eating pizza. Certainly all of your friends will break their toes someday, and see if you care about it. Certainly a blog that George Clooney liked ended after many wonderful years, and still with the pranks, this guy! (Right? All of this text was worth it? I’m VERY tired.) As they say, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because George Clooney will for sure continue to pull time and money-wasting pranks on other celebrities, which they will then recount on talk shows, almost certainly until his own death and probably with increasing frequency as he ages.” Amen.

Ugh. What a nightmare! I’M SO GLAD WE AREN’T FRIENDS WITH GEORGE CLOONEY! (Thanks for the tip, Flanny!)


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Comments (49)
  1. No hyperlink to Videogum is no longer accepting tips. :(

  2. Any prank that involves designing stationery is (you have to admit) pretty good.

  3. I watched The Departed last night, and this morning I saw this clip before I had any coffee. So I was slightly confused and pretty sure Marky Mark was going to shoot Matt at the end of it.

  4. George, if you didn’t spend so much time on pranks, you wouldn’t be the tragic, childless man-spinster the media always portrays you as!

    • Clooney steps out: star looks forlorn about not being a father while headed to plan next prank, girlfriend claime she left him because of pranking in exclusive interview. Finds comfort in old pal Aniston: Love on the horizon? – National Enquirer

      • CLOONEY PRANKS ANISTON: Self-destructive star can’t stop pranking, spirals out of control -National Enquirer next week

      • He has an assistant that just works on the pranks. It turns out being a “prank assistant” is slightly more prestigious than being a regular one. He can actually blow off other menial tasks that people mistakenly put to him. “Oh, you need to call Jane, she’s the regular assistant. I do pranks.”

    • The biggest prank will be that he actually has 4 wives and 30 kids.

    • Women : Cats :: Men : Pranks

  5. I can’t watch the video at work, but i hope clooney has a plan put in to place that long after he dies he will remain to prank his friends, or their children.

  6. I found this the other day when I was clearing out my “Made this for Videogum” pic archive. It’s like the universe was trying to tell me something.

  7. if i got dumped i would probably get pizza immediately, none if this “a few hours later” nonsense. if anything she’d call a few hours later like “oh, you’re STILL eating pizza?” (LADIES.)

    • This is baaaaarely germane…but I think it’s funny so I’ll go ahead. My friend decided to cook dinner for his girlfriend the evening he planned to break up with her. Whether this was a good or terrible idea, I leave for others to determine—I’m not a dating scientist. But anyway. He didn’t intend to end things on a pun, but the meal he cooked was chicken and dumplings.

      • That girl became a vegetarian soon after.

      • As someone who once got dumped after being made dinner, I can safely say that it is a scientific fact that this is a terrible idea. You get invited over, you think you are spending the night as that has been the status quo, you end up on a bus home at 10PM not quite sure what the fuck just happened. Even well over a year later, long since you have moved on, having found someone who is a much better fit, you will still not really understand exactly what the fuck that was about. You may see how obvious it was that you two weren’t right for each other, but you will never understand the decision making that went into the night you got dumped.

  8. I’m just gonna say it – I enjoy the whole Clooney prank thing. These guys have money and time, and they basically get to play for a living. It sounds like they’re all having a lot of fun!

  9. What I got out of this is that if I ever do everyday chores, someone who just had a major life event happen might be sent into an existential crisis, so basically I now have a good reason to never do any chores ever again. For the sake of SOCIETY DAMMIT.

  10. I want to see a Punk’d special where they finally Punk Ashton Kutcher. I think Clooney is the man for the job.

  11. Pranks a million to Vulture for giving us this timely Clooney Pranking TImeline…

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