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Crank Yankers Being Revived By Comedy Central

Prank callers, rejoice. Crank Yankers is coming back to Comedy Central. The series has been ordered back to air for 20 brand new episodes from the original creators.

Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison are back for more prank calls, reviving the live-action puppet series that originally aired from 2002-07 on Comedy Central. It also aired for two additional months in 2007 on MTV2, for a grand total of 70 episodes.

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Kimmel announced the revival on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night and revealed this is the first project from his new production label Kimmelot. Since this is 2019, there will be a major change to the show.

Older fans might remember something called "landlines," but in the new world of mobile phones that easily label every call, the series will instead pull pranks on social media and similar platforms.

Crank Yankers has always been my favorite show to make," said Kimmel in a statement to Deadline. "Nothing is more fun or makes me laugh harder than a great crank call and I am thrilled that Comedy Central asked us to do it again. At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you.”

The original series not only used the comedic talents of the minds behind the show, but also brought in some big name celebrities to make prank calls. Wanda Sykes, Patton Oswalt, Tracy Morgan, Denis Leary, Seth MacFarlane and Sarah Silverman were among those lending their voices to Crank Yankers.

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These actors would then portray characters and make real crank calls to people, improvising depending on how their victim responded to the call. A great example was when Kimmel would call people and pretend to be NBA legend Karl Malone, always referring to himself in the third-person. The show would then have puppets making the calls while the prerecorded prank calls played for audiences.

There is no word yet on when Crank Yankers will return to Comedy Central.

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