VIDEO: Man Pranks Times Square Crowds by Posing as a Fake Celebrity

By: Philip Caulfield, New York Daily News Email
By: Philip Caulfield, New York Daily News Email

An Average Joe says he duped scores of tourists and gawkers in Times Square last month when he posed as a celebrity and had fake paparazzi and a camera crew follow him around.

SUNY New Paltz student Brett Cohen posted a video of the July 27 stunt on YouTube titled "Fake Celebrity Pranks New York City."

Cohen, 21, said he and a pal, Edward Sturm, 23, cooked up the plan about three months ago.

“The idea was, 'I bet if we walked through with bodyguards and photographers, people would go nuts,’" Cohen told the Daily News. "And that’s exactly what happened.”


Cohen, who lives in Bellmore, estimated he took 300 pictures during the three-hour stunt.

The media management major, who hosted an Internet radio show in high school and dabbled in standup comedy, said he’d love to fill Regis Philbin’s shoes someday, but wasn’t thrilled with his brief brush with stardom.

“I got a taste of fame, and it was good, but it’s not something I would want as part of my everyday life,” Cohen said.

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