MTV SET TO AIR NEW AMBUSH PRANK SERIES "JERKS WITH CAMERAS" ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 16 AT 10:30 P.M. ET/PT
Santa Monica, CA (December 19, 2013) - MTV announced today the launch of the new half-hour comedy series "Jerks with Cameras" premiering Thursday, January 16th at 10:30 P.M. ET/PT. This fast-paced prank show features a team of eight quick-thinking comedians, also known as The Jerks, who take to the streets to wreak havoc on the unsuspecting public. Using both hidden and unhidden cameras, The Jerks are reinventing the prank format. "Jerks With Cameras" rounds out a Thursday night of hijinks following the hit series "Ridiculousness" in its fourth season at 10:00 P.M. and leading into "Fantasy Factory" at 11:00 P.M. ET/PT for a sixth and final season.
The Jerks' cameras capture the raw reactions of their stunned victims - laughter, shock, anger. It's all good. Then they take their pranks back to the studio with host Tone Bell and share laughs with a live audience. The battle for Jerk supremacy comes to a head when Tone sets the stage for the ultimate jerk competition - The Jerk-Off, where all the Jerks present the same prank, and the audience decides who did it best. The Jerk with the most outrageous, clever and hilarious execution of the prank walks away with the ultimate prize - Jerk bragging rights.
Meet The Jerks
Tone Bell our host has seen success on the comedy festival circuit and is best known for starring in NBC's comedy Whitney, along with The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, the Spike TV special Eddie Murphy: One Night Only and E!'s Love You, Mean It.
Grant Cotter a three-time winner of The Laugh Factory's Fresh Faces competition was recently named one of the Top 5 Comics to Watch by the OC Weekly.
Justin Hires, a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, could most recently be seen in 21 Jump Street and Comedy Central's Key & Peele.
Geoff Keith has done stand-up on HBO, BET, Comedy Central, and CBS's Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and has penned the book Guys Have No Game: A Book of First Impressions, a compilation of the funniest online dating site pick-up lines.
Susane Lee has landed work in theater, TV, film, commercials and voice-overs including guest starring on Gilmore Girls, Grey's Anatomy and Nickelodeon's True Jackson, VP.
Kara Luiz an actress, improviser and host has been seen on Criminal Minds and A Mother's Rage and can currently be seen performing around LA with her improv team, Most Humble.
Dante Spencer has booked roles in films and TV and after completing a stunt at Dodger Stadium, Dante was inspired to co-create Funny or Die's controversial prank show Straightjacket.
Danielle Hawkins has landed roles in music videos, movies and sitcoms including Disaster Date, Reno 911 and NBC's Parenthood.
Amir K, born in Tehran, Iran and raised in Southern California, Amir's comedy blends character work, storytelling and improvisation leading him to roles in Ben Affleck's Argo and Alexandre Aja's Site 146.
Viewers can go to MTV.com for sneak peeks of the show including bonus and extended scenes, plus exclusive interviews. For even more information and exclusive content, fans can "like" the "Jerks With Cameras" Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/JerksWithCameras.
"Jerks With Cameras" is Executive Produced by SallyAnn Salsano, Josh Peters and Joel Zimmer for 495 Productions. The series is Executive Produced by Jacquelyn French and Tony DiBari for MTV. Janay Dutton and Nick Predescu are Executives in charge of Production for MTV.
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About 495 Productions
SallyAnn Salsano is the founder and creative force behind the 495 Productions team. Since its launch in 2006, 495's creative team has specialized in developing programs that entertain viewers while keeping them glued to their screens. 495 became known throughout the world thanks to its record breaking, "Jersey Shore" which premiered on MTV in December of 2009.