YS.com recently caught up with comedian Jeff Dye, host of MTV’s new hidden-camera show ‘Money From Strangers.’ This show takes off where previous MTV hits ‘Buzzkill’ and ‘Jackass’ left off – using people to cause a public ruckus, all while dishing out prize money for each successful prank.
YS: How did this show come about?
JD: The Twisted and hilarious mind of Rob Anderson. When I got wind of this show I knew it was a perfect match for me because my favorite type of humor is messing with people but I’m to smiley and laugh to much to pull a prank as effective as “Borat” or “Jackass” , so this way I can just tell them the prank and laugh and giggle all I want.
YS: Are there people who give up halfway during the stunt? are there people who try and take over the stunt without your direction?
JD: We have a lot of people give up because they can’t work up the nerve to do the pranks we want. We also get a lot of people who laugh and that is also grounds for elimination. The game is designed to be all or nothing. So the pranks get more extreme and you can’t just decide “okay I’ve made enough money now I’ll just quit”. This way they will do the most extreme pranks to try and walk away with 1000$ instead of zero.
YS: Has there been a time when you thought’ Oh, geez – now we’ve gone too far.’
JD: NEVER! I’m safe in that van and I LOVE pushing the limits. It’s all in good fun and I think as long as we’re having fun and people love watching its never too far. Also I’m a comedian, so if you think it’s too far change the channel.