For four years now, Jimmy Kimmel and John Krasinski have been pulling huge, elaborate holiday pranks on each other. It began with Kimmel gift-wrapping Krasinki’s entire house and escalated last year to the point that Krasinki had Kimmel’s SUV gift-wrapped not once, but three times. The first time, he filled it full of baubles. The second time, he had carolers waiting inside, and and then third time, he dropped a piano on it.
Kimmel: How much money did that prank cost?
Emily Blunt: SO much money.
This year, it was tit for tat. I’ll let you watch.
OK. That was great, but oh my God, I have to share, because it was one of the proudest moments of my teenage years. When I was 16, the majorettes at my high school (Hello Amy!) toilet-papered my car while I was living in it. So, to get them back, I did basically what Kimmel did to Krasinski, only instead of a Celebrity Yard Sale, it was a “Inside Divorce Yard Sale,” which my friends and I advertised all over town. The result, as I recall, was that random strangers walked into the house of one of the majorettes at 6 a.m. and began pawing their things. If I remember correctly, that family had to leave their house for the day (and the grandparents briefly believed that the parents were actually getting a divorce).
We pulled a lot of pranks in high school, until that time we blew up mailboxes with pipe bombs and were arrested and interrogated. It, uh, stopped being fun after that. Thank God it was pre-9/11, though, because otherwise, I’d still be in the pokey.