“Sunrise 7” — the morning show for WSAW, a CBS affiliate in Wisconsin — had a guest named Kenny Strasser last month, who is supposedly a yo-yo professional. The interview goes so badly that it feels more like a comedy sketch than real television. Here’s how it starts:
Interviewer: Just tell us a little bit about how you got started to be a yo-yo master.
Kenny Strasser: I am just a 35-year-old kid at heart. Twice divorced. I have no kids. I don’t have a girlfriend, don’t want one. Ya know, it takes a lot of practice. My parents, they live in Denver, they just got divorced. My dad is now in Osh Kosh. Honestly, I’m just goin’ all around. I have a brother in Portland who I don’t get along with very well because of his wife…
Incredibly, after a commercial break, they go BACK to Kenny for more, and it somehow gets worse. If it seems too painful to be true, that’s probably because it is:
It turns [out that “Sunrise 7”] wasn’t the first morning show Kenny appeared on. At WFRV-TV in Green Bay, he said he brought his yo-yo’s but forgot the string. He told a similar story to WISC-TV and WMTV-TV in Madison, and also made awkward appearances during their live shows, talking about his family, failures, and never actually performing any yo-yo tricks. Strasser claimed he was a local resident at each TV station he appeared on.
Those press releases came from a man named Joe Guerhke. But the phone number that was included as Guerhke’s in an email to one Madison station, and also appeared on the website for Zim-Zam Yo-Yos belongs to Joe Pickett. Pickett is a comedy film-maker, who operates a website called ‘The Found Footage Festival’, specializing in “odd and hilarious found videos”.
Man, I hate that this was a hoax. It would be so much better if Kenny was a broken, lonely man.