The return of Crank Yankers may be the best revival news we’ve heard in years. Forget Roseanne, forget Murphy Brown this is the one to watch. Comedy Central announced today that they’re bringing back beloved prank series Crank Yankers, and the same team that delivered the best puppet show on tv is bringing it back.
Comedy Central has ordered 20 episodes of the series, updated for a digitally driven audience (translation, if Comedy Central has the balls to bring back Special Ed, he won’t be cheering ‘I’ve Got Mail). The world’s favorite profane puppets will not only prank phones, but also social media, e-sport platforms and more.
Jimmy Kimmel is back in the EP chair, so is Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, and Jonathan Kimmel will showrun and EP as well. “Crank Yankers has always been my favorite show to make. 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,” said Jimmy Kimmel. “At this time, I would like to ask all Americans to disable their caller ID. Thank you.”
No word on whether we’ll see the return of Jim Florentine as Special Ed– the social climate has changed quite a bit since 2002– but we’re rooting for him. Some of the voices who made Crank Yankers a smash hit included Tracy Morgan, Kevin Nealon, Sarah Silverman and Wanda Sykes as well as Florentine, and we hope to see some of their characters back as well.