Information Prank Calls
Although they have become ever more popular with the growth of the internet, which has provided an excellent platform for sharing them, prank calls have been entertaining the pranksters making them and the audiences listening to them for decades now. Prank calls range from fairly harmless jokes involving friends or family members who are easy to wind up, to more serious prank calls where the emergency services or senior political figures are the butt of the joke – sometimes with pretty unfunny consequences. In fact, in the aftermath of 9/11 prank calls to the emergency services became so frequent that they are now classed as a criminal offense, and if you are found to be the person behind prank calls like this you could find yourself in some serious hot water.
One of the most famous and eminent people to have been the victim of a prank call was Queen Elizabeth II who was ‘had' by a Canadian DJ by the name of Pierre Brassard. As prank calls go, it was pretty daring as Brassard claimed to be the Canadian Prime Minister of the time, Jean Chrétien, and asked Her Majesty if she would record a speech in support of Canadian unity. Needless to say the prankster was found out eventually and the Queen declined the request!
Prank calls as a form of entertainment on radio stations have been hugely popular for many years now, and regardless of whether you approve of them are not, it can't be denied that some radio DJs have a knack for making the most hilarious prank calls. They generally involve phoning an unsuspecting member of the public live on air so that the joke is broadcast around the country as it happens. With most prank calls made my radio DJs, the recipient is let in on the joke at the end and it usually ends fairly amicably, but many prank calls made on air do end when the disgruntled member of the public slams the phone down having failed to see the funny side of the situation. All in the name of entertainment eh?