It used to be just junk mail and telephone solicitations, but thanks to Al Gore’s invention any moron with a keyboard is free to roam into traffic. (Look no further than your humble host). But although many of these people are truly as dumb as a rock, some of them are just having fun at your expense.
We all know about the many books and albums featuring comedians torturing telemarketers, but that’s easy bait. What’s much funnier is subtly worming your way to a more difficult target and letting them participate in their own demise.
I was thinking about The Lazlo Letters, Don Novello’s wonderful book of letters written to celebrities and corporations by the fictional Lazlo Toth. I grew up reading and enjoying those as well as similar idiot-bashing pieces, even contrived work like the fictional “letters to the Editors” column in National Lampoon. Pranking dolts isn’t a new art form – Groucho Marx was fond of the game – and there are many good examples. Enjoy!
The Lazlo Letters by Don Novello.
Emails From An Asshole a/k/a/ Don’t Even Reply
Idiot Letters by Paul Rosa.
Fun With Pedophiles: The Best of Baiting by Doug Stanhope.