Get ready to laugh yourself silly! In honor of April Fools’ Day, we’ve compiled a list of the absolute best celebrity pranks of all time. Check out epic stunts pulled by stars like Justin Bieber, Rihanna and One Direction!
1. Michael Phelps crushes our Olympics loving hearts
On April 1, Michael Phelps took to Twitter to totally toy with his fans. “Some dreams/goals you just can’t get rid of…been doing a lot of thinking n I’ve decided that I’m going 2 make another comeback! #tokyo2020,” the gold medalist swimmer tweeted, making fans think he might be coming out of retirement. So. Not. Fair.
Some dreams/goals you just can't get rid of…been doing a lot of thinking n I've decided that I'm going 2 make another comeback! #tokyo2020
— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) April 1, 2017
2. George Takei becomes the next celebrity politician
“Well, the cat’s out of the bag it seems. Let’s do this! #Takei2018,” Star Trek star George Takei tweeted on April 1, before quickly telling all his fans JK! Can’t always consider that a joke anymore!
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) April 1, 2017
3. Gigi Hadid gets a pixie cut
Gigi Hadid took to Instagram on April 1 to post a pic that definitely made it seem like she had chopped off her long golden locks in favor of a much shorter do — and it didn’t help that she added the scissors emoji to the caption. After fans freaked the model came back to tell them, “Jokes, jokes…happy April Foolz fwendz.”
4. Will Arnett and Netflix try to sell us on Netflix Live
Will Arnett teamed up with Netflix for April Fools’ Day 2017 to make a 48-minute-long sneak peak for a fake show where the actor would narrate everyday activities in a horribly monotone voice. “Toasters toasting. Grass growing. Fans blowing. With Netflix Live, you can experience life’s biggest thrills, right from the comfort of your couch,” was the show’s tagline. Obviously, the joke was on us.
5. Google and Amazon tease us with products we wish existed
Though not actually celebrities, Google and Amazon really need to be added to this list for the weight they throw into the ring when it comes to pranks. On April Fools’ Day 2017 Google announced the new Google Gnome, a sassy version of Google Home meant for the backyard. Following suit, Amazon advertised Petlexa, an Alexa Echo for your pets. “Petlexa is here! Now your dog, cat, or favorite pet can communicate with Alexa just like you do. Check out these videos to learn more!,” Amazon tweeted, along with the hilarious clip.
6. Justin Bieber makes Taylor Swift think she lit a wedding on fire
Back in 2012, Justin Bieber decided he was gonna be the new Ashton Kutcher and rebooted the MTV prank show Punk’d. In the very first episode Justin tried to take down poor Taylor Swift by convincing her to set off a firecracker. Then he made Tay believe the firecracker lit a boat that had a WEDDING on board aflame. Poor Taylor cried her eyes out. We would have too!
7. Sarah Silverman reveals she’s “f***ing” Matt Damon
Jimmy Kimmel and Matt Damon have been feuding for so long that there have been many epic pranks pulled between them. But the one that certainly takes the take is back when Jimmy’s old girlfriend Sarah Silverman made Jimmy think that she was cheating on him with Matt Damon while they were still dating. The hilarious video in which they sing about their escapades has over 17 million views on YouTube.
8. Paris Hilton “changes science forever”
Right before April Fools’ Day 2017, Paris Hilton shared her miracle invention that will cure the world: Nanodrop, a condensed form of sparkling water. The hilarious promo video for the greatest thing since man invented drinking water almost had us wanting to buy this non-existent product.
9. Zayn Malik & Louis Tomlinson prank the other 1D boys
Zayn Malik and his former One Direction bandmate Louis Tomlinson decided to get the rest of the group by pretending that their Nickelodeon producer was going into labor during their meeting. If you look at Harry Styles face during the video you will never stop laughing.
10. Amy Schumer throws herself at the feet of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
While Amy Schumer was walking the red carpet at the Time 100 ceremony in April 2015 she noticed she was getting no respect, as Kim Kardashian and Kanye West were getting all the attention from the photographers nearby. So the comedian pretended to trip and fall at the feet of Kimye. Later Amy revealed the bit was lost on the power couple. “[Kim and Kanye] didn’t crack a smile, which confirms they had no idea who I was, which is a relief,” The Graham Norton Show.
11. Rihanna gives Jimmy Kimmel an amazing wake up call
Rihanna became one of the greatest pranksters of all time when she busted into Jimmy’s house late at night singing Bitch Better Have My Money while making it rain with cash and jumping up and down on his bed. “That’s not usually how you come to me in my dreams. And then for the rest of the night all I was hearing was Bitch Better have My Money,” Jimmy said when Rihanna later appeared on his show.
12. Justin Bieber and Ellen Degeneres make the best prank phone call ever
Justin and Ellen Degeneres had one of the greatest ideas ever when they decided to call one of his biggest fans, only they pretended that Justin was a teacher from the English department of the fan’s University calling to give her a formal warning about skipping classes. Justin’s horrible accent during the bit makes it even better.
13. Justin Timberlake is taken by the IRS
The first episode of Punk’d was one of the best ever, as it featured the now infamous prank in which Justin Timberlake is made to believe he owes a whopping $900,000 in back taxes, and fake government agents actually come to his house and start to take all of his stuff. Justin got so upset that even when Ashton came out to reveal it was all a hoax, JT was still crying.
14. Drake is at the center of an earthquake
We can’t mention Punk’d without listing Ashton’s absolute favorite episode of the show, which featured an epic prank he pulled on Drake in which he actually staged a freaking earthquake in a parking lot. The way that Drake takes it will make you understand why Ashton calls this his masterpiece.
15. Nicole Richie hacks Kim and Khloe Kardashians’ social media accounts
Nichole Richie is known to be quite the prankster, and on April Fools’ Day 2011 she took that title and ran with it when she hijacked Kim and Khloe Kardashian‘s Twitter accounts! Kim was still dating Kris Humphries at the time so Nicole tweeted a bunch of fake details about their sex life and Khloe’s account was full of weird descriptions of her body parts!
Courtesy of Twitter
16. Jimmy Kimmel and John Krasinski go toe-to-toe with holiday mischief
Jimmy is always at the center of a prank isn’t he? The late night host and John Krasinski are real-life neighbors who work very hard to make the holiday season miserable for each other. The two have done everything from gift wrap a car to pass around flyers advertising a yard sale at John and his wife Emily Blunt’s house.
17. John Stamos’ Netflix “documentary” and major freakout at Netflix HQ
Netflix has a history of winning April Fools’ Day. In 2016 the streaming service put up a fake trailer for Fuller House star John Stamos‘ biopic documentary and then “leaked” a clip of him going insane in the Netflix offices after realizing they were making fun of him. Sadly, the whole thing was just a prank.
We absolutely love all of these crazy schemes and have such a hard time choosing who is the ultimate prankster from this line-up. But we have to say that it’s great the decision is so hard, seeing as that means there are so many celebrities who really know how to take a joke!
HollywoodLifers, which celebrity prank do you think reigns supreme? Give us all your thoughts below!