A couple of comedians named Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher managed to joke their way onto several local news shows by pretending to be a duo of "strong men" named Chop & Steele. The resulting clips are like a mixture of Kenny Powers and Anchorman, and they're hilarious.
The strong men—who don't look particularly strong—are introduced by an anchor as on their "Give Thanks 4 Strengths" tour.
While their hosts still don't get the joke, the duo immediately begins with some exercises you're more than welcome to try at home. Exercises like, um, lifting a tire up and down with your buddy. Or stomping on baskets in quick succession.
The anchors stand by and watch, and one of them lets out a "nice" in approval.
Unfortunately for the strong men, the owner of Wisconsin TV station WEAU-TV doesn't appreciate the humor. Gray Television, the company that owns that station, is suing these dudes for crashing the show "Hello, Wisconsin."
According to Mercury News, the lawsuit contends that "fake strongman duo Chop & Steele... performed ridiculous bits and provided false information to WEAU viewers."
In the strong men's defense, comedian Nick Prueher blamed the station for believing their erroneous press release (which had been authored by the fictional "Jerry Chubb") that said the duo had been on America's Got Talent, Steve Harey, and the Hallmark Channel's Marie.
"If they had done... their due diligence, that I feel like is the responsibility of a news organization, they would have known this was a goof, but you know, they didn't," said Prueher, according to Mercury News.
"The joke is kind of on us. We were the ones being jerks on TV."
If you're into comedians tricking oblivious news anchors, check these guys out at their website The Found Footage Festival. They're also behind this ridiculous cooking segment: