South Portland man pranks son for Jimmy Kimmel show contest

“We never seem to run out of participants for this,” Jimmy Kimmel said with a chuckle as he introduced his fifth annual “I Told My Kids I Ate All Their Halloween Candy” challenge Monday night.

Jimmy Kimmel in 2014. Image- Reuters.

Jimmy Kimmel in 2014. Image- Reuters.

The challenge, which asks parents to pretend to have eaten all their kids’ hard earned Halloween candy, is both terrible and hysterical.

This year’s responses- the best of which get featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!– ran the usual gamut of sobbing kids throwing temper tantrums, angry kids scolding their parents for their gluttony, and even some who just sort of slump and accept the loss of their sweets.

One video in particular caught my eye, not only because the reaction of the poor kid is side-splitting, but also because it’s done by a South Portland man:

Josh Galyean and his three-year old son J.J. are the stars of the video.


“I’ve wanted to pull this prank since before I had a kid,” said Galyean on Monday. “It’s the fifth annual contest and I finally felt like J.J. was old enough to get the right reaction.”

As you can see at the end of the video, as soon as J.J. realizes it was a joke he instantly cheers up.

“He actually thought it was pretty funny,” laughed Galyean, who admits that the prank is “a bit cruel, but hilarious.”

What do you think?

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.