Still chas­ing the outrageous

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Aussie ver­sion),’’ Reu­cas­sel says.

Neg Dupree, from the UK se­ries, does ex­treme sports in­clud­ing ‘‘ seag­ulling’’ — throw­ing hot chips at pun­ters and then count­ing how many seag­ulls at­tack them.

James Ker­ley (Taken Out) plays an evil game-show host. Ally Pin­nock, ‘‘ the bunny boiler’’, is a hot-look­ing woman who flirts with a man while he’s with his girl­friend.

John Bur­gos plays The An­noy­ing Devil, who rev­els in anti-so­cial be­hav­iour.

Other char­ac­ters in­clude Fame Whore, young gay guy Just Came Out and Nude Girl ( the ti­tle gives away what she does).

The show’s stu­dio au­di­ence votes on which char­ac­ter has per­formed the most outrageous stunt and has the big­gest ‘‘ balls of steel’’.

It’s a style of hu­mour not far from The Chaser , which made head­lines with its pranks aimed at politi­cians in its War on Ev­ery­thing se­ries.

The most fa­mous Chaser stunt in­volved Ju­lian Mor­row and Chas Lic­cia­rdello us­ing a fake mo­tor­cade to en­ter the APEC se­cu­rity zone in Syd­ney in 2007. Lic­cia­rdello emerged from a mo­tor­cade dressed as Osama Bin Laden. They were promptly ar­rested.

Reu­cas­sel says his most dan­ger­ous prank was out­side for­mer US vice-pres­i­dent Dick Cheney’s home in Vir­ginia.

‘‘ I was dressed as Bar­ney the Di­nosaur and I sud­denly thought, ‘ This could be a stupid idea’ when I pulled this big speaker out of the car and re­alised it looked like bomb,’’ Reu­cas­sel says.

‘‘ You get quite para­noid (in the lead-up to a stunt). I’ve got a lot of re­spect for these guys (Balls of Steel co­me­di­ans) who were do­ing it (stunts) for the first time.’’

Last year’s Chaser se­ries, Yes We Can­berra!, was a rat­ings hit. It helped erase mem­o­ries of the team’s 2009 Make a Re­al­is­tic Wish Foun­da­tion skit, which out­raged view­ers and led to the team be­ing sus­pended by the ABC.

Reu­cas­sel says the Chaser team is ready to make an­other as­sault on TV view­ers.

‘‘ We’re work­ing on some stuff that may ap­pear this year or early next year,’’ he says. ‘‘ It will be a bit dif­fer­ent (to War On Ev­ery­thing and Yes We Can­berra!).’’

a Balls of Steel, The Com­edy Chan­nel, Tues­day, 9.30pm

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