Lifestyle | Culture

Entertainment Tonight Hoax


Year(s): 1988

In 1988, Entertainment Tonight producers asked Joey Skaggs to appear on their show. They were planning the inside scoop on great hoaxes and hoaxers — how the news media falls for their stories, what to watch out for and how not to be fooled. Even though ET had previously interviewed Joey about his Bad Guys Talent Management Agency, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to hoax them. So, he sent his friend Norman Savage to do the interview. The segment aired with Norman as Joey. ET never retracted the story.

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Bigfoot & Tiny Top Circus


Year(s): 2014

Peppe Scaggolini (aka Joey Skaggs), Ringmaster of the Tiny Top Circus, the world’s only pataphysical circus, featuring “the greatest and the smallest traveling show on earth,” announced the capture and imminent exhibition of Bigfoot in New York City.

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Nose Knows


Year(s): 1987

Joseph Adore (aka Joey Skaggs) was born with an extremely acute olfactory sense and was personally responsible for more drug busts than any DEA agent in history.

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Bodyguard to the Stars


Year(s): 1986

Joey Skaggs and a female accomplice played the part of bodyguards for Paul Newman, Carl Sagan and Mark Green at a couple of New York fund-raisers for the latter’s New York Senatorial campaign.

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Fat Squad


Year(s): 1986

“You can hire us but you cannot fire us. Our commandos take no bribes.” That was the motto of Joe Bones (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs), ex-U.S. Marine drill sergeant, and founder of the Fat Squad, an organization created to rub out fat. Clients signed a contract to allow Bones’ calorie cops to physically restrain them-whether on a date, at the job or at night in the bedroom-from breaking their diets.

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April Fools’ Day Parade


Year(s): 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

For more than three decades, New York City’s Annual April Fools’ Day Parade has offered the public an opportunity to express, in a comical way, its outrage against the foolishness of mankind. Thousands of participants in look-alike costumes with satirical floats creatively mock the thoughtless, corrupt and selfish acts of the past year. The parade marches down 5th Avenue from 59th Street to Washington Square Park where revelers rejoice and party. The event ends with the annual crowning of the King of Fools.

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WALK RIGHT!


Year(s): 1984

In December of 1984, Joseph Virgil Skaggs (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs), had had enough of the outrageous behavior exhibited by inconsiderate, unconscious, hostile pedestrians in New York City. Skaggs formed WALK RIGHT! — an ad hoc group of vigilante sidewalk etiquette enforcers who published a petition that listed sixty six rules for pedestrians which they wanted to have enacted into law.

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Bad Guys Talent Agency


Year(s): 1984

To help friend Verne Williams get an acting job, Skaggs created a fake talent management agency for called Bad Guys Inc.. When, Verne landed a role in Berry Gordy’s “The Last Dragon” feature film, and People Magazine covered the story, the agency was launched.

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Japanese Playhouse


Year(s): 1996

In 1996, Joey Skaggs designed a playhouse created to look like a Japanese Tea House for the Neiman Marcus Christmas Catalog.

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Windsurfing from Hawaii to California


Year(s): 1983

On January 15, 1983, Hawaii windsurfer, J.J. Skaggs (a.k.a. Joey Skaggs) set out to become the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean on a sailboard.

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