Los Angeles (CNN) — Planking is a summertime sensation around the world, but new evidence emerged this week indicating the comedic practice is at least two decades old.
The practice of randomly lying face down and motionless for laughs apparently rose above the underground level only in recent months, with celebrities tweeting photos of their planking pranks.
While the trend appeared to emerge from nowhere, there is video evidence that it started as early as 1990 when comedian Tom Green was an 18-year-old rapper. Green planked three times during a segment on his rap group, Organized Rhyme, broadcast by the Canadian music channel Much Music.
The former MTV talk show host said he called it “Dead Guy” when he performed the stunt on his cable TV show in Ottawa, Canada, starting in 1994.
To prove his point — and to claim his title as “Father of Planking” — Green posted a clip of an early “Dead Guy” bit on his YouTube channel late Tuesday.