Russell (born: October 16, 1988Ownage Pranks Website) better known online as Ownage Pranks, is an American YouTube prank caller who usually calls places of Business including restaurants with poor ratings on Yelp, tow truck companies and fans who want someone they know by request. He also uploads songified remixes of his prank calls, animated versions of his prank calls & Omegle conversations where he is dressed up as one of the characters from the channel. For more information, check out the
Ownage Pranks has many different character personalities (such as Buk Lau and Rakesh Cristoval) that he will use during certain prank calls. Some are used more than others, with Buk Lau being the most popular character, and John McCain being the least popular.
Buk Lau is male (known because of condom prank calls and the Angry Antenna Removal Prank,) but in some prank calls, Buk has been portrayed as female or has been called female due to his relationship with Tyrone Biggums and his voice. Buk Lau's heritage has changed as time went on, but it started with him being Vietnamese as shown in the Angry Asian Restaurant Prank Call. However in later prank calls, he claims he is Chinese (Racist Congressmans Son Prank Call) and at one point even Taiwanese. Buk Lau also claims to have a son named "Neelo" suffering from cancer (IRS scam prank call). Buk Lau has been portrayed as a stunt double for the tv show "The Simpsons" as shown in Animated Episode 0: The Next Chapter - Ownage Pranks to earn money for more Ownage Pranks animations, and has been a babysitter as shown in "Asian Babysitting Nightmare Prank." He also owns a Chinese Restaurant.
Tyrone Biggums is one of the most featured characters played by OwnagePranks. Most people do not realize a change in the voice due to the extreme difference between them, and Tyrone also speaks in a stereotypical manner, allowing Ownage to fool his victims. Tyrone has been a police officer, a DJ, and a robber. Tyrone was also featured briefly on Barack Obama radio, saying something quite off-putting, and was quickly disposed of. Tyrone was initially also referred to as "Tyrese" by some prank victims. Tyrone is the second-most popular character, who is after Buk Lau and before Rakesh Cristoval. Also, Tyrone's son is referenced to be Jabari several times including in the KFC Prank, and the cheating girlfriend prank.
Rakesh Cristoval is an Indian male from Bangalore who was born on October 2 (or October 10, depending on the source), 1972. His last name was made in a prank call with an Indian restaurant when a police constable asked for his last name. He first named it Qor, but then changed it to Cristoval. He probably changed it to confuse the police officer. He later stated in the IRS Scam Prank that his last name was Panjeet. This is the prank where he pretends to be a coworker of scam artists in India. He is well known for his prank call with an Angry Indian Restaurant Prank. He is the third-popular character after Buk Lau and Tyrone. Like these two, he is used for calling random people. Rakesh's occupations range from a stereotypical Indian call center representative to a goat farmer to a worker with the food company Sysco. Like Abdo, he has a lot of problems with food in restaurants, though he has appeared in many other calls as well. He is mainly used for calling places of service. His most prominent feature is his use of the word "motheryucker", "mutharyar", or "mother ugly" or a word close to it, and claims that it is not a bad word simply because of the letter substitution. He also tends to use the phrase "not gord/goord" when he is upset about something.
Abdo Kaboobie is a Middle Eastern Egyptian man who often has problems with bad food. His main catchphrase is to ask for "Combensaytion" because it is what he needs. He often asks for a ridiculously high amount of a product in enchange for his problem. He can evidently speak Arabic but chooses not to because he promised his wife to practice his English. He tends to say "ya styoobid" when people don't cooperate with him or simply piss him off. Abdo loves using the word "habibi (boy)/habibti (girl) when referring to people he talks to on the phone. This often outrages people as the word habib(t)i is considered a very personal term of endearment and should not be used to refer to strangers.
Juan Martinez is a character who is Hispanic. He has a family and often calls for work or to get help or give help. Juan works in construction, like Billy. He has appeared in quite a few calls, and his most prominent feature is his constant and random repetition of "Si" in his many appearances. When he is offered to have the phone conversation in Spanish instead, he claims to be "practicing" his English.
Billy Balls is a hillbilly who lives in Toronto, Canada but had lived in Nebraska most of his life. Billy works in construction, like Juan, and often calls ads on craigslist for massages or love services, and is known for his low-balling and singing skills. His most outstanding feature is that he has a foot fetish and will usually ask for some service in relationship to this. He is also married, and has even more extreme fetishes.
Chris Floyd is a flamboyant homosexual male persona who appears in a few pranks. He speaks with a very stereotypical, yet mostly listless voice which makes him stand out as a character. He has not appeared in many videos, similar to John Mcain, but usually appears in the gay hotline videos.
John Mcain is a nerd that has a strange squeaky voice and always seems to be more of a younger man. He is one of the more unpopular characters in Ownage Pranks's videos.
Russell Johnson is a caucasian persona who sounds very official and serious with many calls he appears in. He is based off of Ownage's original persona. He often pretends to be an employee of a company (e.g. Verizon, bug extermination service, detective service).
He keeps his identity a secret. As far as we know, nobody (with exception of his family or friends in real life) knows for sure what he looks like or his real name. In a video that he uploaded on his vlog channel (called OwnageHimself) in 2011, he said he didn't want to show his face because it would "ruin the mystery". People have different ideas of what he looks like so its probably fun for him to look at what descriptions viewers imagine for him. It did seem like he was considering showing his face in a future vlog, but he has yet to do that. In some calls where he uses his normal voice, he refers to himself as "Russell Johnson", but that is most likely not his actual alias, his actual name is still unknown.