Prank Tour

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Greg about to prank a pizza delivery boy ($ource)
Prank Tour was a 2013 project, getting a group of YouTubers together to travel the country and prank each other. Greg was a member of the Prank Tour pranksters.

Events

Greg was briefly a member of the Prank Tour pranksters. He hosted three of the pranks on his Onision channel, including one with YouTuber OutBackZack where Greg and Zack tried to stir up fake drama due to their beef in the past. Greg made social media statuses and a long, blog post depicting a fake fight they had. (Source) Which eventually lead to the video "ZACK ASSAULTED ME", where it was reveled to all be a prank. ($ource) By the time this video was released, a good number of Greg's viewers had already guessed the drama was all a prank.

After he was done filming with them in L.A., Greg posted a long blog post titled "My thoughts on Prank Tour…" on January 23, 2013. He mostly used the blog to complain about everything he thought was wrong with the production of Prank Tour and to thank the new friends he had made. (Source)

Although Prank Tour is long done, Greg is the only member to be removed from the "Pranksters" list on the official Prank Tour channel. (Source)

Blog Post

My thoughts on Prank Tour…

January 23, 2013

I’m finally done with all the tasks I flew out to complete in LA… I’m really glad I came, and made all the new friends I did. YouTubers Sassi Bob & Ariel specifically blew my mind while on tour, I’ve never met anyone like those two. Regardless, let’s start from the beginning.

The main reason I was involved in Prank Tour was because I’m friends with MakeMeBad35 (Damian), who I’ve always thought to be a fantastic entertainer & as I learned on the tour, a pretty awesome guy. The Prank Tour flew so many of us out to, naturally, as a group, prank people at various locations in the LA area.

Sadly, most of the time we spent on the Prank Tour event, consisted of us standing around, waiting for crews to set up. We kept making statements similar to “You know, if it was just YouTubers doing this, we’d already be on our 15th, or even 20th prank” when with the crews, we were only on our 5th or so prank.

For those of you who haven’t worked with Hollywood folk, the tendency is to throw countless hours into one project (less potential for success) rather than the same amount of time into many projects (what YouTubers often do). The second strategy simply has a better rate of success for so many of us, and is far less depressing if failure occurs, as we often have backup projects to compensate due to our responsible management of time.

In my experience your best bet is to allow yourself minimal time to execute every activity so you may rapidly move on to the next activity before the sun goes down (when it comes to pranks, this is commonly essential). What Prank Tour calls for is YouTubers getting together and giving it their all, but unfortunately, the YouTubers were not given what they needed to, to do what was asked of them to their fullest potential.

We literally were told repeatedly “Ok, we’ll be ready in 10 minutes” only to stand around for anywhere from 20 to 70 minutes waiting. There were many points where I said “Phuket” and reached out to the other YouTubers to ditch the crew and begin recording on our own, and we did, repeatedly, only to come back when we finished and find the crew was still setting up.

If I am involved in future Prank Tours, I want the professional amateurs (YouTubers) to be in control. I don’t want to be told what to do, I don’t want to wait on the amateur professionals (Hollywood) to set up, I want to get things done, and make our impact profound in the amount of content we produce (quality content no-less, as we have proven it to be in the past many times), and the source of ideas that we execute, original to YouTubers.

I think a lot of us expected to go there, and come up with our own ideas, as most all of us were pranksters ourselves, very capable of coming up with fresh material, a fact we proved while there. However when the Hollywood crew (and I call them this as they had a Hollywood approach to recording, which is incredibly inefficient for what we were working to accomplish) came out, they already had a list of what they wanted us to do, which I found to be… unreasonable.

Think of it this way, one man has been growing/selling potatoes for 5 years, he’s so good at growing/selling potatoes, a company calls him up to join a larger group of potato producers. The larger company doesn’t have 5 years of experience with growing potatoes, no, they in fact have almost no potato production experience. Illogically, once they have every potato producer gathered, they tell all the potato producers “Now I know we are not good at producing potatoes in the way you do, as we have little to no experience doing so, and I know you have a ton of experience, and formidable success growing/selling potatoes, however today, I want all of you to dedicate the majority of your time growing and selling potatoes the way we tell you to, rather than the way you have already, repeatedly, successfully done so on your own.”.

Them telling us what pranks we should pull was frustrating to me, obviously, in fact most every YouTuber who talked about what their favorite moment was during the tour, referenced events that were generated purely by YouTuber ideas, the very same events were recorded by ourselves, when the staff was not around.

Regardless, the YouTubers there made the very best of it, and the Prank Tour staff did in fact come up with one brilliant idea for a prank, one that I believe will be totally worth the purchase of the episode they’ll be releasing, hopefully soon. It was so good in fact it genuinely mortified me as it involved Sassi Bob & Ariel, two people I happily became friends with on the Tour.

Overall, if the Prank Tour team is reading this, my intention is not at all to be destructive, it is entirely the opposite. Through my experience & seeing the frustration in the YouTubers involved, I ask you, please, leave the mass majority of all pranks to the seasoned veterans, vets like PrankkBros, vets like MakeMeBad35 etc. Let them set the agenda, let them set the pace.

We know what we’re doing, and you know that’s why you called upon us to help generate content for your tour, so please forget your need to guide us in doing what so many of us have been doing, SUCCESSFULLY for some time now.

Prank Tour wants success, and in that, they should take a step back, and let us achieve that success for them. Literally, the only thing we need from Prank Tour is funding, one cameraman to document behind the scenes events, transportation AND THAT IS LITERALLY IT. Again, all we need from prank tour is funding, one cameraman to document behind the scenes events, transportation AND THAT IS IT.

We don’t need someone to set a schedule, we can do that ourselves. We don’t need someone to figure out where we’re going to eat, we can do that ourselves. We don’t need sound crews or cameras for the pranks themselves, we can do that ourselves. We don’t need these things because YouTubers most often already do it all. So you fund the right YouTubers & get us together in one place & we’ll pull through. That’s just how it is.

With our skills combined, we can produce exactly what they’re looking for. So let us do what we do, and find you have 4 times as much content as you had on this last trip, higher YouTuber moral & overall better results in content.

If I knew exactly what this trip entailed before I came out, I would not have been put off by the events that occurred as I would of known I was just there to nod, smile & do as they said. I also would have took even more advantage of the free time they gave us to record content while they set up. Unfortunately it took me a while to figure out the crew was not time-efficient and that I should begin working seperately, in that, I and the other YouTubers lost so many hours standing around, hoping they would get their act together.

Prank Tour should not be a movie set, it should be a YouTube experience. If you want to treat pranks like you did, and have only people who take orders, and dance on command, hire actors.

And one thing, I really, really did not like, was when I was told by the director to hand out flyers for prank tour, and cheer in front of a banner that said “PrankTour.com” on the “Prank Tour” bus. If I wanted to pass out flyers and direct people to signs, I would work at Pizza Hut. The hilarious aspect of us being directed to do this is that the people we were directed to advertise to, weren’t even YouTube-familiar. Considering it was a major tourist site, many probably didn’t even speak English. Whoever’s idea it was to turn us YouTubers into sign wavers/spammers should be put into question. It’s obvious you want to attract attention online, so I ask you, why would you not just have us promote the tour in creative ways online, rather than advertise to people, who many of which, have no interest in checking out online videos, let alone our tour?

But enough criticism, let’s talk about the amazing YouTubers that took part in this event:

OutBackZack, you and I are incredibly alike in that you are seemingly constantly thinking about ways to improve strategies & find success. You gave so much to this Tour, and I recognize your dedication to the online community in general. We butt heads from time to time, and have a messed up past, but that doesn’t mean I don’t respect your passion, and it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate your abilities.

PrankkBros, seriously? You guys are brilliant. You should of headed up the tour, I kid you not. If anyone should have told us what to do, you guys are the true pros, I would of followed you in whatever direction with a smile.

MakeMeBad35, I wish we had it better, you above everyone seemed to feel out of your element with the way things were handled, but every time I asked you to help me out, you did. You didn’t let me down once, and were always the guy I went to when I wanted a friend. Thank you.

Sassi Bob & Ariel, you two took me on a roller coaster of emotion, it was scary at times, especially with the prank you pulled on me and the other YouTubers, but you never treated me bad, and you made me feel like I meant something to you. I often picked you two to participate in pranks with me because I loved your attitudes and I believed we could work well as a team, and we did.

JStuStudios, you three took all my initial impressions of you and obliterated them. It takes real men to get in diapers just for the sake of making the lives of most all observers bit better through their laughter. I know I can count on your guys to bring everything to the table, and you are truly an asset to Prank Tour.

Steve Kardynal, you’re insanely hilarious… insanely… hilarious. You, like so many of the YouTubers there, are a true asset.

Alright… I think I got everyone.

To the staff, thank you for being polite to us. Most every one of you was likable and awesome to talk to.

Thank you for reading.