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Whatever Happened To The Jerky Boys?

Down for the Count

Despite their personal conflicts and a de­cline in sales and, almost as important, hype, the Jerky Boys released four more albums after the movie. They improved their tactics, adding incoming pranks and emphasizing recurring characters. But by the time Jerky Boys 3 hit stores in August 1996, the Internet had made their entire library available for free. “I’m at a liquor store, and the owner says, ‘I’m a longtime fan, and I ripped all your shit from the Web,” Johnny recalls. “I felt like saying, ‘Do you understand what you’re telling me?’ ”

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Other comedians stepped into the lane they’d created. Johnny says Jimmy Kimmel approached him about working on his then-developing prank-call puppet show, Crank Yankers. Johnny declined, feeling the concept was too similar to his own. Needless to say, the show was a huge success without him. Prank calls soon became a staple of morning radio shows everywhere, and the Jerky Boys were ripped off, both directly and indirectly. One of the few things Johnny and Kamal do agree on nowadays is that they both find “Achmed,” the Middle Eastern terrorist puppet voiced by comedian Jeff Dunham, to be too close to Kamal’s last name. Achmed’s catchphrase “I kill you” is also nearly identical to Kamal’s line from an early prank called Terrorist Pizza.
They last worked together in 2000 on Big Money Hustlas, a low-budget flick by Insane Clown Posse. But by that point their friendship was so fractured they didn’t share any scenes.