|Born||1st September 1979
London, United Kingdom
|Years active||2004 – present|
Neg Dupree (// NEJ; born London, England, 1st September 1979) is a British comedian, writer and actor, best known for his act "Neg's Urban Sports" on the British television show Balls of Steel. Dupree has also appeared on shows such as Footballers' Wives, EastEnders, and The Bill.
Neg's Urban Sports
Neg's Urban Sports are widely regarded as the most controversial and most popular act in Balls of Steel. Neg's antics have earned a cult worldwide following. The entrance music for Neg is Sound of da Police by KRS-One. Whilst performing the "Urban Sports", he often shouts "Whoop Whoop!". People have mistaken this as coming from the same song. However, it is Neg's own "catchphrase" from many years back, and in some episodes, Neg entered to the song I Predict a Riot by Kaiser Chiefs. At the beginning of each clip, "Monstertruckdriver" by T.Raumschmiere and "A Fistful of Dollars" by Ennio Morricone are played.
Balls of Steel
- Big Stranger Rodeo: Neg jumps on a stranger's back and rides them like it's a rodeo. The objective is to stay off ground for as long as possible and run away after falling off.
- Urban Sprinting: Neg triggers security alarms in shops and provokes the security guards to chase him as he would try to run from the shop to the nearest burger bar as quickly as possible. He also screams his familiar battle-cry "Whoop Whoop Whoop Whoop!" while avoiding capture by the security guards. On the second attempt at this, Neg was taken down on an escalator by the head of security who had retired two weeks before.
- Big Euro Stranger Rodeo: The same as "Big Stranger Rodeo", this time played on victims of various European nationalities.
- Make Them Move: Neg stands or sits near locals and does everything to make people move away as soon as possible; he can't touch them, but he can 'go mental'.
- Neg's Burger Bowl Off: Neg buys several items from fast food restaurants and throws them at unsuspecting people from the roof of a car while being driven around. The more the food costs, the more points Neg obtains for a hit. This is the only Urban Sport that earned him the Balls of Steel trophy, but sparked a controversy about his actions which are mostly considered assault.
- Neg's Urban Skittles: Neg walks into a local building and screams at everyone to hit the floor whilst mimicking a gun/any other weapon under his shirt. For every person that 'hits the deck', he gets a point.
- Knock and Don't Run: Neg knocks on a stranger's door and tries to keep them standing there for as long as possible. If the person closes the door and Neg knocks again, the timer continues if they re-open it. On some occasions, Neg acts as if the door belongs to him and pretends to be angry, claiming that it the person in the house is the one continually knocking on 'his' door.
- Neg's Keep 'Em Out: Similar to Make 'em Move, the objective is to refuse entry to an area entered via sliding doors, by 'going mental'. The sooner people go away, the better; if they get through, the access denial is failed. On the Balls of Steel studio, Neg tells host Mark Dolan that the movie "Sliding Doors" inspired this Urban Sport.
- Neg's My Ball: Neg finds some people playing a ball sport, be it rugby, football or basketball. He then steals the ball and manoeuvres it in the style of the sport; the longer he can keep it, the better his score. But if Neg gets 'clattered', he fails and the score is void.
- Neg's Red Carpet Run: Neg 'gate crashes' a red carpet event and tries to evade security for as long as possible. Neg was actually arrested during this shoot when he crashed Will Smith's "I Am Legend" movie premier at Leicester Square while yelling "I Am Negend!".
- Urban Stag Hunting: Similar to 'Neg's Burger Bowl Off', Neg searches for groups of men on a stag night and throws burgers at his victims from the roof of his car; the more expensive the food, the more points he gets for a hit.
- Neg's Speed Smoking: Inspired by the changes to UK laws, Neg aims to smoke a cigarette as fast as possible in public places where smoking is now illegal; the more drags taken before getting kicked out, the better the score.
- Neg's Swear Bingo: Neg knocks on people's doors and tries to make them say swear words that are written on a 2×3 "swear bingo" card; when Neg leaves, points are scored if a horizontal line of three swear words or a bingo if all six swear words have been scored. But if no swear words are scored following the former criteria, he fails.
Balls of Steel Australia
- Neg's Seagulling: Neg buys lots of chips, and goes to a place with lots of seagulls. He then throws chips at people and the more seagulls rush at the victims, the better the score.
- Neg's Shark Attack: Neg goes to a beach and warns swimmers and surfers of an incoming shark; for every person that returns to shore, he gets a point.
- Neg's BBQ Bowl Off: Similar to Neg's Burger Bowl Off, Neg searches for people having barbecues and throws raw meat at his victims from the roof of his car, the heavier the meat, the more points he gets for a hit.
- Neg's Urban Bouncing and Neg's Urban Bouncing 2: Neg stops people from getting to their destination. He can't touch them, but the longer he holds them up, the bigger the score.
- Neg's Builder Bakery Buffet Bowl Off: Similar to both Neg's BBQ Bowl Off and Neg's Burger Bowl Off, Neg throws meat pies from the roof of his car at builders on their smoke breaks. The more his pies cost, the more he gets for a hit.
- Neg's Make 'em Move Australia: The Australian version of Neg's Make 'em Move, Neg stands or sits near locals and acts extremely strangely and madly; the shorter the time taken to make the people move out, the better the score.
- Neg's My Go: Somewhat similar to Neg's My Ball, Neg first finds some people playing a game, then steals their turn. The longer Neg can keep up his go, the better the score, but if he gets walloped, it's all over.
- Neg's Cone Head: Neg sells Ice Cream in an Ice cream van. Instead of giving the Ice Cream to the customer he puts them on their heads. The more cones he places on his customers' heads, the better the score.
- Neg's Fire Alarm: Neg goes to crowded public places and screams "fire". The more people leave the area, the more points he gets.
As of 2014, Neg had received over 125 million YouTube views for his Urban Sports alone and is filming new pranks for his 'World of Neg' YouTube channel. There is also a live Urban Sports show which Neg takes around the country.
|2004||Experimental (Radar TV)|
|2005||Mike Bassett: Manager|
|2005||Bleak House (2005 TV serial)|
|2005||The Greatest TV Wind-Up Moments|
|2005||Balls of Steel (Series 1)|
|2006||Footballers' Wives: Extra Time|
|2007||Balls of Steel (Series 2)|
|2008||Balls of Steel (Series 3)|
|2008||Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel|
|2009||20 to 1 Pranks and Pranksters (Aus) (Urban Sports featured)|
|2010 - 2011||The Neg Project USA|
|2011 - 2012||Balls of Steel (Australia)|
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