Thank you to Disney for sponsoring my attendance at the #JungleBookEvent!
During my trip to Los Angeles for the red carpet premiere of The Jungle Book, I had the chance to visit Paramount Studios to see where Walk the Prank is shot. It was completely surreal to visit the studios. I wanted to be an actress when I was younger, but I didn’t have the confidence to pursue my dreams, so visiting the studios was like watching my life with a what could have been filter. We were in the studio while they were filming an episode that will air in October and it was insanely difficult to be quiet during takes. If you know me personally, this probably doesn’t come as a shock to you.
I used to love April Fool’s Day. From the time I was a young girl, I would plan what I thought were super elaborate pranks to play on my parents. I was often successful, but this one year I put plastic wrap on my mom’s toilet so that she would make a mess when she used the restroom. That day, I heard my mom screaming from downstairs so I ran downstairs and she started yelling at me about how gross that was and “OMG WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?!” and she handed me a sponge and told me to clean up the mess. I got on my hands and knees and started cleaning up the wet mess with a blue sponge. She snatched the sponge from me and wiped it all over my face – no lie, that really happened.
But then the strangest thing happened just before I was sick all over the place – she started laughing.
She had been cleaning the bathroom, found the plastic wrap, and decided to prank me back. I think I was 13 at the time and I’ll never forget how much that backfired. Needless to say, I haven’t planned many pranks since.
I do like to scare the pants off of people though, so my family and I can often be found torturing one another by jumping around corners, or screaming during the suspenseful part of a movie. We often erupt into laughter together once the scaring is done, and we certainly love watching other people be pranked.
Walk the Prank is a fantastic new show on Disney XD that airs every Wednesday night at 8:30pm. Tobie Windham who plays Uncle Will on the show said that the pranks are all done in good fun. Apparently if you live in LA, you can contact them if you have someone you would like to prank and they will do their best to make it happen in the craziest way possible.
We got to hang out in Uncle Will’s Joke Shop for a little while and take some pictures with Tobie and Cody Veith, who plays Chance. Cody told us that the craziest prank has been saved for episode 10 and he can’t wait for us to all see it. Tobie makes a point to end the prank with a high five for the person they’ve just made walk the prank, and he’s only had one person who was like, “Oh heck naw, I’m not high five-ing you!” They came around in the end and all was right in the world.
My whole family watched the first episode of Walk the Prank when it first aired on April 6 and they all loved it so much that it has been set to record. I’m a little afraid of what my minions are going to come up with to prank Kyle and me at some point.
Their favorite prank was one where a completely disproportionate dog (seen in the picture above) comes bursting out of a fence and scares the mess out of people walking down the sidewalk. I was belly laughing during that one too, but my favorite was when the kids make poor Herman, played by Bryce Gheisar dress up like a baby and say colorful things to people walking by. I lost it when he asked a super smokin’ LA gal if she was his mommy and if she would like to go back to his crib. It slayed me.
Make sure you catch Walk the Prank on Wednesday nights at 8:30pm on Disney XD. And if you’re one of those weird parents who puts their kids to bed early, *cough*me*cough*, record it while you watch it so they can see it the next day. I promise, there’s no shame in watching this show without your kids, it’s fun for the whole family!
Catch up on all of the other excitement from my The Jungle Book press trip here!