Why can’t a prank be used for good and evil?
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Inside Out) did just that when he disguised himself as a firefighter in order to grant cancer survivor Grace Aroune’s Make-a-Wish to pull a senior prank on her high school, Iroquois High School in Elma, N.Y..
“[Grace] goes, ‘I want you to be a firefighter and I want you to come to each classroom and just mess with people,’” Hader recalled on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “Make people do weird drills and give them fake information and be a weird guy. And I did it.”
Such weirdness included telling kids that the noise a smoke detector makes is actually Channing Tatum’s voice and making them stop, drop, and roll to his satisfaction.
They filmed it all under the guise of a video on fire safety that would be shown to "various minor league baseball teams." “I wanted something that was really memorable, like a living experience,” Grace explains. “But also I wanted my friends and my family and everyone who has been supportive of me to also be able to enjoy it.”
Eventually Hader revealed his identity at an assembly, by way of a certain SNL character, then stuck around to meet the students and sign their yearbooks:
What’s most important at the end of the day is that Grace had a great time.
Complete sidebar: Does this kid bring a gallon of iced tea to school every day?!
Now, speaking of granting wishes, watch the touching moment that Taylor Swift helped a terminally ill 4-year-old complete her bucket list: