Good morning! Are you ready for the best article you’ll read all day? I hope so! This one concerns the Florida YouTube duo behind the infamous “Miami Zombie” prank video. The pair’s follow-up, a video titled “Russian Hitman Prank Gone Wrong!” was much less successful and earned them a free trip to jail in the back of a paddy wagon.
Allow me to explain.
Jonathan Vanegas, 20, and Vitaly Zdorovetskiy, 20, both of Delray Beach, saw massive success following the “Miami Zombie” viral video. The clip drew some criticism, but netted the two over 13 million views on YouTube and a a coveted spot on Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, reports the Global Post. Of course, when Batman Begins proved popular, Christopher Nolan already started wheels spinning on The Dark Knight, and so did Vanegas and Zdorovetskiy follow in kind, raising the stakes for their second video “Russian Hitman Prank Gone Wrong!”
The second run didn’t go as well as the first.
The video, filmed by Vanegas, shows Zdorovetskiy dressed as a member of the Russian mob. He walks up to stranger, sets down a briefcase, and tells the prank victim that he has 60 seconds to run away. Zdorovetskiy then runs away and the prank victim hilariously runs away too, right? Not 51-year-old Andre Brown. “You trying to get a laugh?” he asked, incredulously. “I’m not a motherf***er you laugh at.”
“I was already having a bad day, and then you motherf*****s come over here and you done make it worse.”
At this point, Brown (who will likely become a meme of some sort very soon) turned the tables on the pranksters. There was some yelling back and forth, threats to call the cops, an @$$-whoopin’, you know the rest. The cops did indeed show up, and at this point details get kind of fuzzy. What we do know, thanks to the Miami New Times, is that Vanegas and Zdorovetskiy were ultimately hauled away on felony bomb hoax charges.
RUSSIAN HITMAN PART 3 FILMING IN PROCESS!!! PREPARE TO GET MIND F*CKED!!
— Vitaly Zdorovetskiy (@Vitalyzdtv) July 12, 2012
The guy who did the zombie prank in Miami and was on tosh.0, tried to do the prank again in boca and got beaten and arrested. Lol
— Nick Diorio (@akaKNICK) July 17, 2012
“The bomb squad came. Can you believe that?” Zdorovetskiy told the Sun-Sentinel. “The bomb squad came for this prank. It’s unbelievable how law is these days.”
In any case, both Vanegas and Zdorovetskiy have said that they will continue making films, ultimately hoping to cash-in big on their YouTube hits one day. It was also implied that they will choose their prank victims with a bit more prudence next go-round.
Here’s the “Miami Zombie” follow-up, “Russian Hitman Prank Gone Wrong!” Go nuts!