Donald Faison lives in a constant state of fear.
The former Scrubs star and host of the TBS hidden-camera comedy, Who Gets the Last Laugh?, worries that’s he about to get pranked.
“I will leave in the morning and my wife [ CaCee Cobb] will ask me what I’m going to do and I’ll say that I will probably get punk’d,” Faison tells the Fresno Bee. “I try to stay on the alert at all times.”
His punk’d paranoia started in 2005 when Faison produced the episode of MTV’s Punk’d in which his Scrubs co-star Zach Braff was made to believe kids had painted graffiti on his new car. Braff’s explosion on camera was classic.
Each Tuesday night on Who Gets the Last Laugh, three comedians create elaborate practical jokes. The audience votes on which one is the funniest and that celebrity ( Andy Dick, Tom Green, Nicole Sullivan, Chris Kattan, Bam Margera, to name a few) wins money for his/her charity.
Faison’s fear of being caught on camera isn’t totally based on the hidden-camera shows. Scrubs creator Bill Lawrence was a big practical joker and targeted Faison.
“He put a license plate on my car that said ‘TV DOC.’ Luckily, I saw it when I walked out to get into my car. Then he did it to Zach, who drove around with the fake license plate for a week,” Faison says.
The hosting job goes along with Faison’s continued work in movies and on his TV Land series The Exes. Production on the third season of the comedy about three divorced men living together recently started.
Faison, 38, was 18 when he landed a small role in the film Juice. He bounced around until 1995, when he was cast in the film Clueless and the subsequent TV version. Since then, he’s been a busy actor and was able to fit the hidden-camera show into his schedule because it’s a hosting job, which is not as time consuming.
Faison finds the work funny and has to be there for the comedians who don’t have a great outcome.
“Some people get angry when they don’t win,” he says.
And that’s no joke.