Ranking The Greatest Celebrity Pranks Of All Time

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Celebrities, too, love to scare, mess with, and toy with other people. We have an entire backlog of Punk’d as proof.
But one key difference between celebrities’ mischievous nature and ours? Access to boundless resources and famous friends. That’s what makes these elaborate, star-studded hoaxes all the more entertaining. Bring out the film crews, because there’s nothing too embarrassing, extravagant, or absurd for these celebrity pranks.
From Ellen DeGeneres, the queen of scaring people, to Adele’s heartwarming prank on her impersonators, these absolutely epic jokes will make you feel grateful for YouTube. We get to replay the reactions not once, not twice, but again and again and again. Thanks, Ellen.
So, in honor of April Fools' Day: Press play, enjoy, and begin planning your own wild prank.
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10. One Direction delivers a baby.

Back when Zayn and Louis were young and cute, they decided to prank the rest of their bandmates with a particularly dramatic stunt. The 1D boys sit down for an interview with a pregnant Nickelodeon newscaster, when suddenly, she began to go into labor. Of course, Zayn, Louis, and the viewers knew she was an actress wearing a pregnancy suit — but the other boys, who rushed in to help, had no idea what was happening.
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9. Sarah Silverman confesses a secret to Jimmy Kimmel.

Here's one especially funny chapter in the long-running Kimmel and Matt Damon feud.

Think back to a time long ago, back when comedian Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel were dating. She went on his talk show, and in an elaborate video, Silverman confesses that she’s “f***ing Matt Damon.”
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8. Amy Schumer bows down to Kimye.

Most actresses pose on the runway. Amy Schumer, on the other hand, intentionally falls at the feet of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. At the Time 100 ceremony in April 2015, Schumer took West’s lyric “Bow in the presence of greatness” to heart.
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7. Jessica Lowndes and Jon Lovitz "date."

In this monthlong prank on the public, 90210 star Jessica Lowndes duped people into thinking she was dating actor Jon Lovitz. In reality, their social media posts were just to promote Lowndes' forthcoming music video.
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6. Todd Kraines calls Kris Jenner again, and again, and again.

Old pranks die hard. In season 8 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Scott Disick, Kourtney Kardashian, and Khloé Kardashian tricked Kris Jenner into thinking she had an overeager distant relative named Todd Kraines who was dying to get in touch with her. Four seasons later, Todd Kraines gives "Auntie Kris" another ring.
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5. Ellen scares Taylor Swift.

Ah, the impossible task of choosing, amidst all of Ellen's scare tactics, which is the funniest. In the end, Taylor Swift's graceful descent to the bathroom floor takes the cake for its sheer simplicity, and Swift's sheer terror. Slapstick never gets old, especially when celebrities are the subjects in question.
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4. Rihanna wakes up Jimmy Kimmel.

Kimmel's made a career out of pranking celebrities. But can he take what he dishes out? In this clip, Rihanna, a set of speakers, and a bunch of dancers wake a peacefully sleeping Kimmel. Watching him groggily comprehend the RiRi alarm clock is hilarious.
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3. Simon Pegg gets trapped in his attic.

Twitter is a way for celebrities to get in touch with their fans. Or, if you're Simon Pegg, it's a way to prank your fans. Knowing that people are prone to interpreting everything on Twitter literally, the British actor once penned an elaborate ghost story in real time. His sister, Katy Pegg, co-star Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright also chimed in on Twitter as part of the hoax.
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2. Amy Schumer steals Katie Couric’s phone

If there anything you can take away from Amy Schumer’s appearance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, it’s that you shouldn’t leave your phone with her. While speaking to Fallon, Schumer confessed that she snatched Couric’s phone at the 2015 Glamour “Women of the Years” Awards, and sent Couric’s husband a dirty text. When Couric’s husband, John Molner, asked to leave the party all of a sudden, Couric didn't know why — but Schumer certainly did. You’ll have to watch the video for all of the hilarious proceedings.
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1. Adele impersonates an Adele Impersonator.

Is this a prank, or a love letter to fans everywhere? Adele teamed up with BBC and donned a fake nose to pull off this heartwarming prank. She and BBC host Graham Norton staged a meet-up of Adele impersonators. Almost immediately after Jenny begins the song “Make You Feel My Love,” the impersonators put two and two together and realize Jenny's identity. Their reaction is priceless.