Jackass: Deep or Dumb?

Mar 22, 2021
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Is Jackass so dumb that it’s actually . . . smart?
Jackass is knowing for finding humor in reckless, and sometimes brutal, stunts and pranks. But is it secretly a meta-commentary on the culture of the post-war American suburb? Let’s find out in this Wisecrack Edition on Jackass.
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0:00 Intro
03:05 Body Humor
06:29 Pranks
09:28 Public Spectacle
13:39 Outro
15:00 Patreon Q&A
Written and Hosted by Michael Burns
Directed by Michael Luxemburg
Editing by Mark Potts
Video Title Card by Riley A
Produced by Evan Yee
Music courtesy of Epidemic Sound
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Comments
  • Her and Where the Wild Things are made me rethink all of Spike Jonez's earlier work.

    James RichieJames Richie7 hours ago
  • Monty Python: Deep or Dumb next?

    mikitzmikitzDay ago
  • I only came here to say this jackass would never and I mean fucking never ever have been jack shit if it wasn't for CKY! Johnny Knoxville will always live in bams & crews shadows don't any of you ever forget this fact.

    chad hohreinchad hohrein2 days ago
  • I will risk coronavirus to see Jackass 4 in a movie theater.

    FatPanda54FatPanda544 days ago
  • The Dudesons: “ am I a joke to you?”

    AceChampEliteAceChampElite5 days ago
  • Its Deep. Jackass is about have a fun time acting dumb and laughing with your friends and pulling pranks. Everyone is a manchild in their own way. Dave England is in his 50s and still skateboard/snowbards shares his antics with his kids. You can cherish those fun moments while they last, because friends comes and goes, and sometimes not in a good way just like Bam's friend, Ryan Dunn.

    hellofajrhellofajr5 days ago
  • You've convinced me. The next time my nan starts speaking about the cultural impact of Citizen Kane, I'm going to explain that Jackass has a greater intellectual and cultural significance

    JamesistheThunderJamesistheThunder5 days ago
  • Dear Wisecrack, is the Half-Life game series deep or dumb?

    MrCalhounMrCalhoun6 days ago
  • I wrote my college senior thesis on Jackass and the dynamics of comedy and performative (non-simulated) pain as it relates to white male psychology! This was some amazing commentary! We definitely would not have the same level of USworldsr/Instagram "Savage" influencer culture today if the Jackasses had not turned on-camera personal debasement not only into a profitable brand, but an effective method of homosocial bonding. I argue that the types of behavior exhibited on this program illuminate socioeconomic tensions between the working-class young white man and the “feminized” surrounding world he unwittingly finds himself a part of, struggling (perhaps unconsciously) to both decry and maintain his sense of privilege. In short, IT'S DEEP!

    Noah BenderNoah Bender7 days ago
  • Dunn didn't die in a car accident. He killed himself and a friend by drinking and driving recklessly.

    Holden WintersHolden Winters7 days ago
  • Fun fact my brother's name is Preston Lacy and he's pretty much the exact opposite of the Jack ass guy

    Lacy LamereLacy Lamere7 days ago
  • Since Johnny Knoxville was the inspiration for Travis Touchdown, I wonder just how much of the physical humor in No More Heroes is inspired by Jackass. You know, a Deep or Dumb for No More Heroes would be great, too!

    Pensive ScarletPensive Scarlet7 days ago
  • The 2000s: "Terrorists hate our freedom!" The Freedom: *SteveO gag sound over bleeped expletive*

    than217than2177 days ago
  • 2:20 Wilhelm scream

    erikpoephoofderikpoephoofd7 days ago
  • No bam no jackass

    leon watkinsleon watkins7 days ago
  • i swear to you i went back to see the upload date because it had to be April 1st. It isn't.

    Mariá Raposa BrancaMariá Raposa Branca7 days ago
  • Penis gags are somehow homophobic, anybody else hear that ?

    floppy flipfloppy flip7 days ago
  • Fun but dumb

    Peter LundPeter Lund8 days ago
  • A request for "Beetlejuice" deep or dumb? Philosophy of death and acceptance of your own and other's mortality. Like it guys maybe they will see it.

    Shubhanshu PandeyShubhanshu Pandey8 days ago
  • so fukin cringe when he is doing the * and this is wisecrack* joke, you are just showing that , you don't believe in the words you say and you are only talk

    LaserM1KELaserM1KE8 days ago
  • I love Jackass. I think people will likely laugh at this stuff, like you said, 100 from now or more.

    Dustin OsbornDustin Osborn8 days ago
  • Well, i have an answer for question in the title. It's stupefyingly deep, yet deeply dumb.

    PostiePostie8 days ago
  • Brilliantly deep! Also raises the question of choice! From an existentialist point of view, if we agree that our existence don't really have any meaning, what avoids us to make all those crazy things?! Social constructs! Jackass raises the question of the power of decision by erasing the "it is not morally right, it is too dangerous, it is shamefull... " within the group of people agreeing on the overall joke. This group reflects then to us, the viewers a "control free" view or way of life! It is somehow an extreme way of letting go by the use of humour.

    Anthony CaffyAnthony Caffy8 days ago
  • 11:30 michael actually says dont stop filming instead of dont! stop filming! lul try again

    Michael DunnMichael Dunn8 days ago
  • Eating puke? Like this video.

    Kenny MccormickKenny Mccormick9 days ago
  • Dirty Sanchez is better.

    FBIFBI9 days ago
  • maybe they are just doing things they know ppl will enjoy to watch and its all content. sometimes there isnt a meaning to things its just done cause it entertaining.

    Trash BagTrash Bag9 days ago
  • It's not deep but it is hilarious

    Ram RodRam Rod10 days ago
  • dumb

    stefoehmenstefoehmen10 days ago
  • Y'all really wanted this one huh?

    Olive JuiceOlive Juice11 days ago
  • Now to watch Madtv jackass

    ThemanycolorbeastThemanycolorbeast11 days ago
  • The fact that you teased us with a stunt and didn't even do a pathetic one is unforgivable

    dragoonfunykiddragoonfunykid11 days ago
  • I have yet to watch this video. But dumb, definitely dumb

    p: 112112321p: 11211232113 days ago
  • I never care to watch Jackass back in the day but I'm glad they existed. Honestly we need a new Jackass for 2020's, everyone's too up tight, walking on egg shells, and angry all the time these days. Plus every disaster needs comedy, and as of late... where's the funny?

    blue2x2xblue2x2x13 days ago
  • DUMB ASS FUCK but wildly entertaining and funny and they are SUFFERING for your entertainment so my hats off to them

    Jonathan JollimoreJonathan Jollimore13 days ago
  • Well, they did it so you didnt have to. But It Is goddamn hilarious

    skylineXpertskylineXpert13 days ago
  • I have personally and un-ironically always found Jackass “deep” instead of dumb”. All the points made in this video are genuine to me, not silly or a stretch, but something real that I find joy in.

    drummersnail115drummersnail11513 days ago
  • Gonna have to disagree with Jackass being homophobic. I would say Jackass is playfully homoerotic, and in hindsight to the early 2000s, very lenient and lax about males being okay with other males :)

    drummersnail115drummersnail11513 days ago
  • Americans overanalyzing bulshit is a classic...

    Amelia NuñezAmelia Nuñez14 days ago
  • ill save you the watch its not deep its deeply dumb

    Rafael MurtaRafael Murta14 days ago
  • @0:36 is that Gislhane Maxwell in pink?

    Confessor XConfessor X14 days ago
  • We need more jokers like these guys to spice things up

    Miguel RectoMiguel Recto14 days ago
  • Is jackass something Cletus from the simpsons would say is “an exercise in futility”

    Miguel RectoMiguel Recto14 days ago
  • This definitely proved anything can be deep if you think and talk and talk about it long enough

    Ricardo MoralesRicardo Morales14 days ago
  • Very deep

    Fatman BatmanFatman Batman14 days ago
  • Its not homophobic shut the fuck up

    MysteryBountyMysteryBounty14 days ago
  • Deep and Dumb.

    chris weaverchris weaver15 days ago
  • Jackass taught one of the most important lessons -- If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough. When you get knocked down, you gotta get back up.

    Jeff DeVitoJeff DeVito15 days ago
  • White priveledge is a part of this. Black teenagers and Asian teenagers is these times would have been treated much harsher and black specifically facing more jail time if they were to do these stunts back in the day

    MrRawageMrRawage15 days ago
  • It's punk performance art

    Joe ZJoe Z15 days ago
  • This all started with Bam Margera and crew with the CKY videos. Jackass was a “spinoff” or something. But you should have begun with that.

    Alfonso Andres Ríos RobalinoAlfonso Andres Ríos Robalino15 days ago
  • A 17 min long way to say that we are products of our environment.

    Chains RadChains Rad15 days ago
  • I like that logic (showing penis=homophobic)

    Federal Bureau Of InvestigationFederal Bureau Of Investigation16 days ago
  • "Jackass", seriously guys? This video could have been 1 second long.

    Alexander KratzschAlexander Kratzsch16 days ago
  • The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs commentary 2.0 :D

    Ivailo PopovIvailo Popov16 days ago
  • Here's an idea: compare 'Jackass' to the Viennese Aktionists?

    joey sandsjoey sands17 days ago
  • Jackass was deep for me. It taught me and my friends to fail and fail hard and laugh and hug when we do then go out and fail again which you can do if you have close friends with you . “If your gonna be dumb you gotta be tough”

    Maxwell DaviesMaxwell Davies17 days ago
  • fact: when I saw Peter Dinklage for the first time I thought he was Wee Man

    Bern PeñaflorBern Peñaflor17 days ago
  • If you’re gonna be deep, you gotta be tough.

    Peter GranthamPeter Grantham17 days ago
  • Hey you should check out Merli, a Spanish TV series about a philosophy teacher who makes high school students to love his class

    clemens valdenclemens valden17 days ago
  • 1:46 Not only did the show get movies, the antics of the show also bled into another show called "The Nitro Circus" which starred Travis Pastrana's crew and Johnny Knoxville. Similar dangerous and ridiculous antics ensued as the entire crew performed stunts ranging from a mock deer hunter arcade with a crew member getting blasted by paintballs to backflipping a monster truck.

    MartyrmanXMartyrmanX17 days ago
  • I miss when public pranks were just intended to make people laugh or just be confused...you know instead of just fucking with people and thinking it's funny.

    Chris CChris C17 days ago
  • how tf is the dick humour homophobic???

    VeritasVeritas17 days ago
  • You don't have to be smart to laugh at a fart, but you have to pretty stupid not to. - Louis C.K.

    Brandt DowneyBrandt Downey18 days ago
  • We just liked watching people act like idiots whilst playing Tony Hawk and GTA, and listening to pop punk.

    theslugboiiitheslugboiii19 days ago
  • I used to think jackass was dumb, I still do but I used to do to

    Josh TurnerJosh Turner19 days ago
  • Jackass is not secretly brilliant. Jackass is obviously brilliant.

    Aaron BKAaron BK19 days ago
  • Next on Wisecrack; Dumbness: deep or nah?

    Christopher PerishoChristopher Perisho19 days ago
  • ugh, just thinking about the puke omelette made me gag

    Tom ClemensTom Clemens20 days ago
  • Jackass was an important part of my childhood, and i think it showed me a lot of independence, sure i wasn't going to jump out of a roof, but the time with my friends, was ours to do what we wanted, even if we did get a bit hurt from time to time. By the way i appreciate how wisecrack has evolved, trying new ideas, adding to your proven formula, giving different people in your team more of a platform, it's lovely to see!

    Oscar ARDOscar ARD20 days ago
  • Jackass made me laugh to cry. I remember the 90s "comedy" movies and the guys hit the zeitgeist much more than any other show. Bless.

    gretchen bakergretchen baker20 days ago
  • Being a bookish neurotic adolescent male in Jackass’s prime was rough. To have friends I pretty much had to accept I’d be getting tased, nut tapped, or smacked with a ladder

    Matthew SommervilleMatthew Sommerville21 day ago
  • What? No. Dumb. Just dumb.

    arbingtonarbington21 day ago
  • Yeah, I tried, but I couldn't make it past 3:22.

    SmidBeachSmidBeach21 day ago
  • I wouldn't say it's deep. It's really just people who push themselves to the limits of stupid situations they can think and perform and laugh at themselves in the process while making it amusing for viewers. It's basically some of those idiotic childish ideas brought to life. And boy is it a joy to watch.

    GrifoGrifo21 day ago
  • Jackass was't secretly brilliant at all- it was overt. This was a time when Americans had been inculcated and admonished over and over about conformity and the normalization of "See something, say something" in the post-911 world. The unease that some kind of socially deviant behavior used to cause wasn't just breaking boundraies about personal and public space, it was funny because people around them felt real danger, only to be almost immediately relieved with the punchline. Jackass served to lighten us the hell up week to week while we were being told by parents and conservative pundits that the world was ending and we'd better get our shit together. Consequently, the world didn't end, but the recession of 2008 pretty much confirmed what the Jackass crew had been telling us-- lighten the hell up because nothing you do really matters that much in the long run. Do your best from day to day, enjoy your life, hang out with and love your friends and find your own unique way to not only grow and survive, but find confidence in being different and stupid.

    james dewitzjames dewitz21 day ago
  • Hello Wisecrack! Long time member and subscriber. Much love and respect for what you guys do. Pretty awesome! I have a video suggestion. Can you make a video (or series) about Social Justice Warriors and how it’s changed in post modern society, how it’s influenced by the internet and anonymity, people getting easily offended (on both sides of the aisle), and cancel culture? Also, if you can do a “What went wrong? Qanon” THAT WOULD BE FREAKING AMAZING!!!!!!!!!! Please please please consider it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you! And keep it up everyone :)

    Omar AwwadOmar Awwad21 day ago
  • Irreverence is an important response to things getting too stuffy in a given space. You could see Jackass as a response to increasingly-high production values on TV in the late 20th century, the same way on USworlds we're seeing more irreverent people like Gus Johnson and iDubbbz gaining popularity in response to the Vine invasion and increasingly-high barrier to entry when it comes to production values (and attractiveness of the on-camera personalities).

    Ashley DAshley D21 day ago
  • Another philosophical viewpoint into the body humour aspect of Jack-Ass is Julia Kristeva's theory of Abjection. Admittedly this theory falls in line with body horror (think Cronenberg's "The Fly") but the vomit/faecal/urine aspects fall in line with the "cast off" side to Kristeva's theory of Abjection. It all falls to a way of establishing the boundaries between human and what is not human, and the societal boundaries we establish for ethics and morality.

    RobbieCBPBarlowRobbieCBPBarlow21 day ago
  • So jackass was a huge part of the punk and skateboard culture of the time

    Dying In fashionDying In fashion21 day ago
  • Jackass is deep in retrospect cuz of how they all ended up. Knoxville, bam, steveo all different.

    Tim StrawberriesTim Strawberries21 day ago
  • Deep? I think it's giving them too much credit, is on the title, they are jackasses

    nicomalnicomal21 day ago
  • Public disruption was always my favorite

    Special EdSpecial Ed21 day ago
  • I’d say Jackass was the best show MTV ever made.

    Andrew McQuadeAndrew McQuade22 days ago
  • "Wildboyz" was arguably a better show overall.

    The Ethicist Philosophy ShowThe Ethicist Philosophy Show22 days ago
  • With enough drugs anything is deep

    Fun YouFun You22 days ago
  • Why is this guy doing Wisecrack videos now? He’s terrible. Bring back Jared Bauer.

    12canadianboy1212canadianboy1222 days ago
  • Clicked vid thinking there's no way you'll convince me it's deep. Ended vid convinced beyond doubt that is indeed deep and wondering how I didn't see it before. Kudos friend.

    Leon PoweLeon Powe22 days ago
  • If you want to hear about the deep undertones/backstories of Jackass, you should listen to Steve-O talk about his younger self on some of the many podcasts he has been on.

    K. B.K. B.22 days ago
  • Nothing dated about their Penis related gags. Those transcend time.

    BonesBones22 days ago
  • I wrote an essay in a film class once arguing that jackass was, “The Ultimate Expression of Postmodern Nihilism” 😂

    Grave New WorldGrave New World22 days ago
  • 13:52 Major Ouch!

    José Luis CamposJosé Luis Campos22 days ago
  • When I was 10 they were my inspiration

    FacepalmFacepalm22 days ago
  • "If you're gonna be dumb, you gotta be tough"

    AlexAlex22 days ago
  • Jackass is deep in that it has the best redemption arc for a person in Steve O. It chronicles how the most drug addicted, alcoholic, delinquent can still turn his life around after years of mistreatment to himself and others.

    NightAngelx1NightAngelx122 days ago
  • Great video!

    Picky JonesPicky Jones22 days ago
  • Slow death without Jared.

    Lou SifferLou Siffer22 days ago
  • A bunch of rich suburban white guys getting away with doing things that would get most minorities thrown in jail? Yeah sure they were deep 🙄

    leo alcarazleo alcaraz22 days ago
  • As a 16 year old guy in the year 2000, Jackass holds a very special place in my heart.

    Xenos N.Xenos N.22 days ago
  • Wisecrack: "Man, Jackass is such a great show. It's too bad we're a channel about philosophy and in no way, shape, or form could we do a video about them." Mike: "Hold my beer..."

    Dave Hulteen, Jr.Dave Hulteen, Jr.22 days ago
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