During a recording of his podcast, “Steve-O’s Wild Ride,” Steve-O recalled that he contacted his Jackass buddies early in their career, giving them a suggestion that immediately took him off the list for any future pranks. “I established early on that I’m just down,” recalled Steve-O. “I remember at the very beginning of Jackass, one of the very first emails I ever sent, I was like, ‘I want you to hang me upside down from a tree and torture me for like 24 hours.'” It proved to be an intelligent method to the madness as he explained, “And they were like, ‘okay, so we’re not gonna be pranking Steve-O.'”
There was a string of logic behind Steve-O’s demand, as he explained that it was an option worth considering whenever he got slightly out of commission. “There was a distinct motivation for it where I had just been like partying like for so many days straight and took like a bunch of pills to sleep, and then when I finally did fall asleep, nobody could wake me up.”
In Steve-O’s mind, the only course of action was what he requested back then. “When I’m in that state, I want to be hung upside down from a tree and just do whatever.” For someone like that it’s safe to say that run-of-the-mill pranks were just never going to do the job — or alarm clocks for that matter.