Who Gets the Last Laugh?

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Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
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It's Punk'd on regular folks, and it's painful to watch.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Many of the pranks are mean, and all of the victims are being fooled.

Positive Role Models & Representations

People are under stress; some handle it more gracefully than others. The celebs who participate in the pranks are sometimes talented and funny, but they are teaching viewers that it's funny to trick people -- sometimes to the point of tears.

Violence

Some pranks cause victims to get upset and throw things, slam doors, etc.

Sex

Some pranks involve a sexual angle: a "cheating wife" gets victims to give her back rubs and makes comments about "heart-ons" and not knowing whether a man will hit her or kiss her.

Language

Many bleeped curses from prank victims: "What the f--k?" "Why is my car covered in s--t?" There are also unbleeped curses, as when a woman calls a man a "dumbass," and plenty of coarse language: "Why are you being a d--k?"

Consumerism

If a guest host has a show to promote, it's mentioned prominently.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

References to getting high; fake drugs play a part in pranks.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Who Gets the Last Laugh? is a prank show along the lines of (and created by the people behind) Punk'd. The pranks are played on ordinary folks in this show, and it can be painful to watch as victims curse and cry when they think they're about to be fired from a new job or that their car has been irreparably damaged. Many of the pranks are outright mean: A man is pulled over by two actors impersonating police officers who pretend to find drugs in his car, the man is told he'll be going to prison for years as he looks horrified. Others have a sexual angle, as when a "cheating wife" fools men into giving her massages before her "husband" comes home to discover them. There are references to being high and (fake) drugs play a part in some pranks. Many prank victims curse; the four-letter words, most of them, are bleeped, but there's still plenty of coarse language: "Why are you being a d--k?"

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What's the story?

Punk'd co-creators Jason Goldberg and Ashton Kutcher team up again on WHO GETS THE LAST LAUGH? a half-hour hidden-camera show that turns the prank cannon on ordinary folks instead of celebrities. Each week, Donald Faison hosts three celebrities -- like Andy Dick and Bam Margera -- who visit and present the results of pranks they set up and carried out. The audience hears how the prank was set up, then sees several different victims suffering through the prank. At the end, the celeb and camera people pop out of the woodwork, and everyone choruses (you guessed it!) WHO GETS THE LAST LAUGH?

Is it any good?

Who gets the last laugh? Not anyone capable of empathy, even though the sounds-like-a-laughtrack audience seems to ho-ho-ho at the poor people who lose an envelope full of $100,000 cash on their first day in a new assistant job or who park by a portable toilet for 15 minutes and come out to find their car drenched in toilet paper and "human feces" (it was really just yogurt, whew! Wait, hey, the lady's car is still covered in yogurt!). Oh, ha ha, the lady got really upset when you told her the formaldehyde in the toilet liquid has probably damaged her paint job by now!

Punk'd was barely tolerable because at least the people being pranked were celebrities, i.e. people you'd like to see brought down a peg. Watching regular people get pulled over by fake cops or flip out when someone "steals" their car from a car wash isn't funny, it's mean. Candid Camera succeeded by playing harmless and amusing tricks that didn't make anyone cry, Punk'd by targeting celebs, and Jackass by pulling pranks that hurt the idiots doing them, not bystanders. This show is just mean, awkward, and painful, none of which is funny.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether Who Gets the Last Laugh? is a mean show. How are we meant to feel when we watch this show?

  • Have you seen any other prank shows, such as Punk'd, Candid Camera, or Betty White's Off Their Rockers? How is Who Gets the Last... like those shows? How is it different?

  • Who Gets the Last Laugh? combines a prank show with a game show, except that the celebrity participants win money for charity. Why do most game shows award charity money to celebrity contestants?

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For kids who love comedy

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