Anthony Fantano/The Needle Drop "prank" clips (partially found YouTube videos; 2010s)
Anthony Fantano (also known under his moniker "The Needle Drop") is an internet critic who specializes in reviewing underground music. He also plays the role of his roommate, Cal Chuchesta, 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, lead singer of the 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.
Fans claim to have seen several different videos of this nature posted on Fantano's YouTube channel. They contained the same editing style, only reportedly more exaggerated and were akin to a YouTube Poop in some accounts. Fantano would remove the videos in a matter of a of hours.
Aside from the Scott Stapp video, all of Fantano’s other prank videos are missing.
Fantano has claimed to not know about the existence of these videos, but allegedly, a few fans have gotten him to retract those statements, with him apologizing for the videos, claiming that his stupid roommate made them and uploaded them.