Kimmel pranks SXSW fans by making up fake bands

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Excitement at the annual music festival SXSW runs rampant through the streets of Austin as fans are treated to music from mainstream and new artists alike. And funny man Jimmy Kimmel decided to take advantage of the hyped atmosphere, asking attendees their thoughts on some new, hot and fictional bands playing.

Kimmel debuted another edition of “Lie Witness News” on his show Thursday night, this time tricking music’s self-proclaimed “biggest fans” at the annual festival.

“People (who) come to music festivals pride themselves on knowing who the new acts are even if they don’t know who the new acts are,” the comedian says. “So, we sent a camera crew into the streets of Austin to ask ‘South by’ attendees about bands that do not exist.”

His first victim: an unsuspecting man attending the festival. Kimmel’s interviewer asked the fan, “Do you think that Contact Dermatitis is just going to be like a rash that spreads across the U.S.?”

With great seriousness and optimism, he responds, ”Hopefully.”

An overly excited female attendee receives the question, “Do you think that Neil Patrick Harassment has a chance at breaking out into the mainstream?”

Her thoughts: ”Definitely think so, they have a pretty good sound.”

When asked if she finds the band as good as the “very controversial band, What the F*** Bruce Jenner,” she says Neil Patrick Harassment is “right on point.”

Other “musicians” discussed in the segment are D.J. Heavy Flow — who manages to appeal to women — country-rap artist Willie Nelson Mandela and Tanya and the Hardings. The band, Kimmel’s interviewer said, is out with new album called “I’m sorry about that, Nancy.”

Even when a member of Kimmel’s crew admits that Vegan Bikini and D.J. Metamucil are “completely fictional,” the SXSW fan being interviewed doesn’t seem to get it.

Perhaps the line between fiction and reality is blurred by all the excitement and talent rampant at SXSW.

Check out Kimmel’s hilarious video below.

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