Thank you to Disney for sponsoring my attendance at the #JungleBookEvent & a live taping of Walk the Prank!
Tobie Windham is from Alabama, but you wouldn’t know it by his complete and utter lack of a southern accent. You might find out if you yelled “WAR EAGLE!” at him how he REALLY feels, and I recommend you try it if you’re ever in the same room with him. You also wouldn’t know that he dances really well because on the first episode of DisneyXD’s Walk the Prank, his version of the Robot was a little, well…Um…It was not good. We had the pleasure of being able to chat with him during our trip to Los Angeles on set at Paramount Studios where the classroom portions of my family’s new favorite prank show are filmed. He shows us his REAL dance moves, which I can assure you, are en pointe. Or is it on point? This dancer, (me) gets confused.
We were able to chat with Tobie and Cody Veith who plays Chance on the show that airs on Wednesday nights at 8:30pm on DisneyXD.
When you meet Cody, you can immediately tell that he is an incredible prankster in person. He is ridiculously good at hiding his enthusiasm during the pranks, so I guess that just says a lot about what a talented actor this young Florida-born actor is. He was a lot of fun to talk to and seemed a lot older than his years. He reminded me a lot of my son, Styles, right down to the blonde eyelashes.
They both had this fun energy about them, and when we talked to Cody he told us that some of the pranks on Walk the Prank are absolutely CRAZY. Apparently they’re saving the craziest prank for the last episode of the season, so if you can’t watch the show as it airs, make sure you have it set to record so that you don’t miss any of the fun.
Tonight’s episode is titled “A Moving Situation”. Chance and Herman learn that their father is up for a big promotion, and they might have to move to a different city if he gets the job. I can’t wait to see what sort of pranks they pull tonight. The pranks done on the show are all done in good fun and have the goal of making the targets start laughing too so that the pranksters aren’t laughing at the targets, but with them.
Tobie always goes in for a high five when the prank is done to check the ‘tude of the target, and very, very rarely is the target not laughing by the end.
The show teaches teamwork and friendship, and has been a fun show for my family to watch because it also teaches comedic timing, which at least one of my kids needs some significant help with.
The pranks are NOT staged and are 100% real so that the targets have no clue that they’re being pranked until the end. There are scripted parts of the show including parts in the school and in Uncle Will’s joke shop. These scripted segments allow the show to have a fun storyline to go along with the pranks they pull.
The show is target to ages 7 and up, but nobody knows your kids better than you do. I let all three of my kids watch it and they range from 5-14.
Is it embarrassing that this is my new favorite show on TV? I’m really 14 at heart, not the 34 that my birth certificate swears I am.
Here are FIVE reasons you should tune in to Tune in to Walk the Prank on Wednesdays at 8:30pm on DisneyXD!
Reason #1 you should watch Walk the Prank:
Laughter really is the best medicine. I don’t care what sort of mood you or one of your children is in, sitting down with the Walk the Prank crew on Wednesday nights will have you laughing your tail-feathers off in no time. Laughter heals all wounds, and nothing brings a family together quite like laughter.
Reason #2 you should watch Walk the Prank:
It teaches your children about how to have fun, whether they’re the one doing the pranking or the one being pranked. Being a sore loser is a hard thing to get over, especially for young children. Watching other people have fun once they’ve been pranked is a good way to open the dialogue about how the world is NOT against you. It is also a good way to teach your children that pranking isn’t always done in good fun, sometimes it’s just downright mean, and that’s not OK. Showing them that there are ways to have fun without it being at someone else’s expense is an invaluable learning experience for their journeys into adulthood.
Reason #3 you should watch Walk the Prank:
It makes you feel like a kid again. I cannot stop laughing when I watch Walk the Prank, and I’m not at all embarrassed to admit it. It is 30 minutes per week I can dump my brain and just laugh. It gives me the opportunity to reconnect with my family in the very middle of busy, high-stress weeks. It’s nice to cuddle with them on the sofa and snort-laugh with them over the ridiculous pranks, then talk about the pranks and how funny they are.
Reason #4 you should watch Walk the Prank:
It gives you some insanely good ideas for April Fool’s Day, or maybe even just because. My family and I love to prank one another, but we’re kind of stuck at the “hide behind a wall and jump out to terrify an unsuspecting family member” thing. Coming up with new elaborate and semi-elaborate pranks with the kids has been a lot of fun.
Reason #5 you should watch Walk the Prank:
Because Tobie and Chance and the other actors on Walk the Prank are hilariously funny and you really should support them. Don’t let this great show get lost in the landslide, it’s one of the shows on TV that is genuinely awesome and hilarious – kind of like those YouTube videos your kids binge-watch, except better. If you’re forgetful like me, set your DVR to record it and watch when the time is right for you, you won’t regret it.