Anthony Fantano/The Needle Drop "prank" clips (lost internet videos; 2010s)
|Anthony Fantano as Cal Chuchesta.|
Anthony Fantano (also known under his moniker "The Needle Drop") is an internet critic who specializes in reviewing underground music. He is known for pulling pranks on his fans as well as keeping a serious demeanor for his actual reviews. He has a "roommate" named Cal Chuchesta (actually played by Fantano himself) who embodies every negative stereotype about music fans.
In mid-2010, a video was posted by The Rock It Out Blog (which has a close partnership with The Needle Drop) that depicted Anthony as Cal and the blog's host depicting Scott Stapp of American rock band, Creed. The video was poorly edited and sequenced for comedic value by Fantano. It used inappropriate music, improperly placed text, terrible special effects, and awkwardly paced humor. The video was credited as having been made by Chuchesta.
Fans claim to have seen several different videos of this nature posted on Fantano's YouTube channel. They contain the same editing style, only reportedly more exaggerated. Fans compared it to a viewing experience of a YouTube Poop and thought they were being trolled. The funny thing is, they were right. Fantano would remove the videos in a matter of a couple of hours.
Aside from the Scott Stapp video, all of Fantano's prank videos are missing. Since the videos were removed so quickly, fans never got the chance to make mirrors or save a copy. Many people claimed that these videos don't exist, but so many fans have seen them, there has to be some validity behind it. Most of the time Anthony just shrugs his shoulders saying he doesn't know what fans are talking about. A few fans have reportedly gotten him to respond, with him apologizing for the videos, claiming that his "stupid roommate" made them and uploaded them. For whatever reason, he no longer makes videos of this nature.