The music starts playing, and an entire class breaks out in unison to a choreographed dance. In the middle of a meeting, an un-muted mic reveals a cartoonish sound of flatulence. A pencil is passed across a checkerboard of video screens — the host is confused, but smiling.
While there’s nothing funny about the pandemic’s effect on education and the workforce, Gen Zers have found a way to amuse themselves by pranking their classes on Zoom, and the results are one of 2020’s only redeeming qualities. You’ll want to brush up on the best Zoom pranks if you have a particularly patient teacher or boss — who also happens to have a great sense of humor. TikTok’s most successful Zoom pranks feature teachers laughing along with their class or a boss who is at least politely amused. Yet to surface are the Zoom prank fails — though they’re likely aplenty.
Carl Dawson, 19, has had multiple Zoom prank videos go viral on TikTok, thanks to his forgiving college English professor. Dawson says the key to a great prank is “about making everyone feel a part of it, as if they did something together — and it has to be a funny idea.”
If you’ve weighed the variables and decided that it’s not safe to play a prank in your digital workplace, you can live through the experience vicariously. Videos with the #zoomprank have 55 million views on TikTok, many of which have millions of likes each. Here are some hilarious but inoffensive Zoom pranks to try or check out. Just don’t forget to thank your teachers for their endless patience after.
The Dance Break
TikTok dances are the best inspiration for this prank, as any trending dance is going to have countless references that will be easy for your classmates