Still chasing the outrageous
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