Normally Jimmy Kimmel makes the viral rounds for his “Lie Witness News” segments, but late night host Jay Leno had a spot that gives Kimmel a run for his money. Leno’s gas station prank is going viral today, but not due to concept. The show stealers are the prank’s subjects, a black man with a golden signing voice, and his wife, dying of laughter in the car.
In Leno’s gas station prank, a fake news report plays at the pump while Will Sims pumps gas. Suddenly, the faux-anchor starts talking to Sims, who is singing to himself while his gas pumps.
Sims suddenly realizes the TV is talking to him, and the anchor offers to pay for his gas if he performs a song.
Sims, an “80s kid,” chooses Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and delivers a beautiful rendition at the pump, in broad daylight, with other customers watching.
But Sims doesn’t care. He sings his heart out like no one is watching.
The viral nature of the clip comes from Sims’ wife, Monifa, who quickly realizes what is going on, and breaks down into robust laughter in the car. The faux-anchor notices she is laughing and asks if she wants to come out for a duet.
“Nah, I’ll leave her in there,” Sims says.
The faux-anchor then declares that Sims is “livin’ on a free tank of gas,” causing Sims to burst into an impromptu ad-libbed version of the Bon Jovi song, in which he sings that he’s “livin’ on a tank of gas.”
Then a random bystander walks in, wondering what the hell is going on. Later, Monifa gives “Sweet Dreams” a go, and she’s pretty damn good too!
It’s hilarious. Check out the Leno gas station prank below: