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Was your April Fools' Day prank funny... or mean?


Has April Fools' Day gotten too politically correct?  "In this modern technology age it's a little more difficult to pull off a good prank," Kevin Pulaski tells us.

Matt Meyer seemed to agree. "People are just too wrapped up in politics," he says.  "We just don't have fun anymore."

Go online and you'll find petitions fighting back against the so-called P.C. Police.  An article in The Satirist says April Fools' Day has "lost its edge, relying too heavily on politically-correct, good-natured pranks."

So we went to an expert, who tells us there's a fine line between what's funny and what's just plain mean.  Sean Shank has been doing standup comedy since 1995.  He travels the country making people laugh.  "I love that people have fun," Shank says.  "I love humor.  I love comedy."  His home base is "Laugh Comedy Club" in Mishawaka where we asked him about what many of you have been telling us, that April Fools' Day just isn't what it used to be.

Shank says coming up with a good April Fool's Day Prank is like walking a tightrope.
"I heard a great quote once, 'Every laugh is a mini-vacation.'  If we go on stage or somebody pranks somebody, and it's hurtful... it's like you've completely missed the point."

With that in mind, we showed him some popular April Fools' Day Pranks posted on Youtube.  The first was a clip where a guy tricks his parents into thinking his girlfriend is pregnant. So is this funny... or mean?

"That's a tough one," Shank says.  "The end result was that everyone was laughing and happy and everything.  It's a fine line."  He says if people go away happy and laughing after a prank you've probably pulled it off right... like the online video where a guy dresses up like a gorilla and hides in a refrigerator,  or the lemonade stand where a couple of young pranksters spike the drinks with salt.

"You don't ever want to be mean," Sean says.  "You don't want to attack people, but you also want to use your words to enlighten people , to bring them joy."  Sean says the best advice is to know your audience.

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