A ‘talking’ coffin
Being buried alive is many people’s worst nightmare.
But an Irish grandfather turned the scary prospect into a hilarious joke at his own funeral. The video went viral on social media, with many hailing it the best funeral prank ever.
The video shows mourners gathered around the grave. As the sound of bagpipes fades, Dublin man Shay Bradley’s voice appears to come from his coffin.
Mourners could hear him shout: “Where the **** am I? Is that the priest I can hear? That ****!”
Accompanied by frantic knocking, Bradley shouted: “Let me out. It’s dark in here. I’m in the box in front of you.”
He then broke into song: “Hello again, hello, I called to say goodbye.”
Making light of the occasion
There were gales of laughter from mourners who had come to pay their respects to the Irish defence forces veteran, which was just as well, as only two people were in on the joke.
The 62-year old, who had suffered from a long illness, had organised the prank with his son Jonathan.
He’d made the recording to sound like he was speaking from inside the coffin, with knocking sounds replicated by banging on a coffee table. The recording was played back over a loudspeaker on the ground.
A special character
Jonathan told BBC News that his dad was “a larger than life character who always wanted to make people laugh”.
He said: “He wanted something special and for everyone to remember him as he was, so that everyone, especially my mother, did not leave the graveside sombre.”
After being published on social media, the video has had thousands of views, and more than 100,000 upvotes on Reddit.
“I didn’t realise it was being recorded at the time. It was supposed to be a moment for us as a family. It was only when I woke up this morning that I realised it had had such an impact.”
Shay’s daughter Andre said: “What a man – to make us all laugh when we were incredibly sad. He wanted us to leave the cemetery laughing, and to celebrate his life. I know he would love to know how many people he made laugh! He was an amazing character.”