Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Chris Webber As Good At Pranks As He Is At Hoops

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Chris Webber is not only an all-star basketball player, he’s an all-pro prankster.

That’s what actress Leila Sbitani learned while filming a new prank series, Hi-Jinks, which debuts Tuesday (Aug. 2) on Nick-At-Nite.

The show features celebrities trying to pull the wool over kids’ eyes and Webber’s bit required him to meet with some of his younger fans and show them a prized trophy, which they end up breaking.

Although Webber is not a professional actor, Sbitani was amazed at his improv skills. Not only did he manage to fake crying and being upset, he also pretended to “fire” Sbitani, who was playing his manager.

Sbitani says Webber told her he loves to goof on kids and has been known to autograph pictures of The Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley instead of his own glossies.

But Webber isn’t the only celebrity with a jones for practical jokes. Susan Sarandon appears in an episode pretending to be a mannequin at a wax museum; and Meredith Veira enjoyed interviewing children about a supposed new law banning the sale of candy in New York City.

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