Meet Chop & Steele. The World's Greatest Fake Strongmen Duo

As someone who now sort of works in the media, I feel that it is my duty to protect my broadcast brethren. With that said, sometimes you just have to laugh at yourself when you fall victim to a great prank. That is exactly what happened to the folks at Hello Wisconsin on WEAU 13 News.

Source - DeadSpin

Local morning news shows have a lot of air to fill each day. So when a pair claiming to be an inspirational strongman duo blasted out a press release—citing a nonexistent tour and an America’s Got Talent appearance, and offering no video or documentation—they were immediately booked by seven different shows across the country.

Chop and Steele eventually appeared on three shows, in Eau Claire, Wisc., Bismarck, N.D., and Allentown, Penn., before canceling their other appearances due to being “stressed out.” Those three appearances were enough for some awe-inspiring demonstrations of their prowess. Like:

This may shock you to learn, but Chop (Joe Pickett) and Steele (Nick Prueher) are not professional strongmen. Pickett and Prueher are hosts of the Found Footage Festival, and are veterans when it comes to messing with local morning shows.

UPDATE: For some reason the video has been deleted, but these GIF's should give you an idea of what went on.