For Immediate Release:

The 9th Annual Toyota Comedy Festival

Sponsored by Comedy Central


Joey Skaggs



On Tuesday, June 5, 2001, Joey Skaggs will present two shows of PRANKS: THE ART OF JOEY SKAGGS, for the Toyota Comedy Festival,, at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York City. The next night, June 6, 2001, he will sit on a PRANKS FORUM PANEL at the same location.

Skaggs,, is a storyteller, myth-maker, skeptic, philosopher, writer, performer and artist who uses the media as his medium to communicate to a world-wide audience. He has repeatedly duped the world's most respected news outlets with his fictional news stories.

He's been a doctor, a lawyer, and Indian chief. Hailed as an entrepreneur extraordinaire, he created a bordello for dogs, was the proprietor of a celebrity sperm bank, and founded an organization to wipe out fat. He has saved the world with his cockroach vitamin elixir and was the first and only person to ever windsurf from Hawaii to California.

Although these and other illustrious activities have been presented as "truth" in the annals of the international news media, in reality they have all been hoaxes, products of his creative imagination.

In PRANKS: THE ART OF JOEY SKAGGS, Skaggs will show the best and funniest of his hoaxes over the last 35 years and will illustrate how hype, hypocrisy, propaganda and disinformation that is fed to the media is consequently fed by the media to the public.

The PRANKS FORUM PANELS, June 6, is an evening of two panels devoted to pranks and hoaxes. Panelists include Joey Skaggs; Scott Pellegrino (The Media Attacker) of; Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade; Ron English, billboard liberator; Carrie McLaren, editor of Stay Free! Magazine; Andrew Boyd, creator of Billionaires for Bush or Gore and event moderator Mark Dery author of The Pyrotechnic Insanitorium: American Culture on the Brink.

The panels are expected to be an enlightening and original event that will push the established boundaries of the comedy festival, providing devotees a unique perspective on pranks and hoaxes.

The Particulars:


Renowned artist and socio-political satirist Joey Skaggs presents a hilarious and provocative retrospective of his work

Tuesday, June 5 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm



Wednesday, June 6 at 8:00pm & 9:30pm

Moderated by Mark Dery

Panel #1 at 8:00pm with Andrew Boyd of Carrie McLaren, editor of Stay Free! Magazine and Scott Pellegrino, The Media Attacker of

Panel #2 at 9:30pm with Matt Besser, founding member of The Upright Citizens Brigade, Ron English, billboard liberator and Joey Skaggs

At: Upright Citizens Brigade Theater 161 West 22nd Street between 6th & 7th Avenues New York, New York

For reservations call (212) 366-9176

All tickets $10.00

Interested Press should contact:

Aaron Greenwald, Producer of The Toyota Comedy Festival at
212-977-1100 ext. 234 or via e-mail at
Joey Skaggs, 212-254-7878 or