Picks and Pans Review: Jerky Boys 2

updated 08/29/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/29/1994 01:00AM

Jerky Boys

When the Jerky Boys issued their first collection of prank phone calls last year, upwards of half a million people responded, delighted to find that cherished and childish phone routines had been transformed by post-adolescent fiber-optic guerrillas into epic chain-yanks. There was a delicious thrill of being let in on juvenile jokes played on hapless adults by Jerky Boys Johnny B. and Kamal. But now that we've been initiated, the pleasure has begun to pall. Jerky Boys 2, with a multicultural cast of pathetic characters once again wasting the time of anyone who'll stay on the line with them, sounds more like an acting exercise than a found-comedy album. The Jerky Boys' latest pranks, such as accusing a pizza parlor of poisoning an entire family and telling a scaffolding company that a dozen people are stuck five stories up, are like yelling fire in an empty theater: harmless, but also charmless. (Select)

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