The Jackass boys have thrilled, grossed out, entertained, and split the sides of audiences since the aughts—a generation’s answer to the slapstick shenanigans of Buster Keaton. Now after a decade-plus hiatus, Johnny Knoxville, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, Dave England, Wee Man, Danger Ehren, and Preston Lacy are back with Jackass Forever.
To celebrate 20 years’ worth of dumbassery, GQ has assembled the 20 best (read: funniest) stunts, gags, and bits across the previous three installments of the Jackass film franchise. Looking at their collected output—as gross, messy, and painful as they are—makes you realize just how good these guys are at their specific line of work. If nothing else, you’ll probably watch these clips and laugh your ass off, and take a trip down memory lane of your lauded middle or high school years watching grown men risk bodily failure on live television. Oh, and most importantly, don’t do any of this at home.
20. Rocket Skates, Jackass: The Movie
Many of the best Jackass stunts begin with youthful curiosity, taking childhood dreams to their logical, dangerous conclusion. Such is the hook for “Rocket Skates,” which involves Knoxville attaching—and then lighting—a pair of bottle rockets onto roller skates. The first try works a little too well, with an initial burst so substantial, Knoxville instantly falls flat on his ass. Further attempts to refine the process conclude with (literally) explosive results; even as Knoxville manages to hold on, the final boom proves to be too much to handle. Perhaps technology will one day provide us with a real, safe pair of rocket boots but until then, this stunt proves that it’s maybe best to leave this idea to a daydream.
19. Tidal Wave, Jackass: The Movie