Meet The Pranker... aka Slaphead
Meet Ross Lee, aka The Pranker, BBC Three's new hidden cam scam artist...
When does The Pranker become the pranked? When ambition surpasses common sense and basic memory, that's when. Ross Lee explains how taking an idea just that little bit too far backfired on him... doggy style.
"One of my many weird and wonderful characters in The Pranker is a character called ‘Slaphead’.
The premise of Slaphead is that I enter a hairdressers, paint glue all over my head, roll around on the floor and walk out a happy baldy with new hair. It’s not the sort of thing you can practice as it’s a messy stunt and the bald head cap takes hours to put on. So we just had to suck it and see.
We turn up at the location, see the punter that we are setting up, in this case a nice hairdresser chap, start the cameras rolling, and in I go...
The only problem was the idea was so ‘weird’ that the victim, or the ‘mark’ as they like to call them, did nothing. He Just stared at me, as if he were watching a cat about to get run over by a bus. He held a sort of glazed, helpless, expression. Luckily, it all looked so bizarre that it’s still funny.
What wasn’t as funny was when I tried out the same stunt in a hairdressers for dogs. I skulked in and poured an entire bin of freshly cut dog hair over my body in front of a terrified young girl as she shaved a St Bernard.
I knew it was a mistake immediately, as my eyes began to water, my skin turned into red bubble wrap and I had dog hair (along with nits and god knows what else) in my throat, ears, in my socks and down my pants. I’d actually forgotten that I’m allergic to dogs. This was indeed a curt reminder. As I tried washing myself down in the cold ‘dog shower’, that resembled a large men’s urinal, an image entered my head.
It was me on a hot beach, surrounded by a bevy of beauties, all fanning me as I sipped on a Manhattan and laughed about the time I was blind, itching, and taking a cold dog shower."