No one knows who made the first prank call or what they said, but we can be fairly certain it didn’t happen until the last 150 years or so. There may have been prank messengers, prank letters, even prank telegrams but not phone calls because there could not be until the telephone was invented and had become a fairly common device in our homes around the start of the twentieth century. It may well be, then, that one of the first prank calls ever made was the old Prince Albert gag since it, too, was a fairly new and popular product about that time. Today, pranksters have evolved with the internet to devise prank call websites to make it easier to call anonymously and pull the perfect prank. Let’s look at 10 of the best of them.
In case you haven’t had the pleasure, the Prince Albert prank call revolves around a product sold in many stores back in the day, Prince Albert pipe tobacco. The product was sold in bags and in tins, or cans. The deviant caller would ring up a grocery store, carryout, gas station, or pharmacy and ask something like, “Do you have Prince Albert in a can?”
The unsuspecting clerk would answer, “Why, yes, we do,” and the prankster would then say, “Well then you’d better let him out!” The caller and any friends around him would listen for a response, crack up laughing, and then hang up the phone so they could all laugh about it together.
Prank Call Videos
Another long running popular prank is to call a bar or restaurant and ask if someone is there, knowing that the person will call out the name and it will sound funny.
Fans of the Simpsons are familiar with this. Bart Simpson often calls Moe’s tavern to ask for patrons named Amanda Hugginkiss, Mike Rotch, and others. Moe then calls out, “Mike Rotch? Mike Rotch? Anybody out there seen Mike Rotch lately?” which, of course, sounds like Moe is yelling about, “my crotch.”
One of the most popular prank calls ever put into a YouTube video is the hilarious ‘conversation’ between Hank Hill and a clerk at Home Depot. It’s made by a skillful person using a sound board with excerpts of the character’s phrases from King of the Hill episodes. You can make your own Hank Hill soundboard here.
Prank Call Sites
If you want to achieve YouTube stardom with a creative prank call, or if you just want to play a joke on a friend, one of the many call sites on the web will probably be your best tool for doing it. Here are ten good ones with detailed reviews of the top five.
Touting itself as the original online prank site with more than 200 million pranks sent, PrankDial allows you two free calls a day to annoy whomever you wish; log in with Facebook and you instantly upgrade to three free calls per day.
To get started, just click on “Send a prank call now” and you’re on your way to snits and giggles. There are dozens if not hundreds of pre-recorded pranks from which to choose. Hover over any of them for a second and it will play for you. Click to choose one and you’ll go to the next page. For my trial, I chose Thanksgiving Dinner.
Once you have chosen your prank, you are sent to the page for phone numbers. Enter the friend’s number first, and then yours in the second blank. That is if you want your number to show up in the caller ID on your friend’s phone. If you want to remain anonymous, don’t fill anything in for your number. It will still go (caller ID will come up as “unavailable”). Make sure you have entered the correct number(s) and then click “Send.”
As soon as you click on the send icon, the call starts to dial up on your friend’s phone. When the friend answers, the prank begins. Appropriate pauses are sprinkled throughout to allow time for the expected response from your friend, of course, and the call is recorded for your listening pleasure. You can listen to it as often as you want, over and over again. You can share it on Facebook or Twitter, download it, or just share the link.
When you share the link, there is a comments section, like this one for my sample prank. It’s a little bland, I admit, but then I knew it was coming and what it was.
If two or three free calls per day isn’t enough, you can buy tokens for additional daily calls plus premiums like no ad at the end of the call, the ability to make calls after 10 PM, live listening to the call, and more.
2. Comedy Calls
Offering pranks like, “Do you sell Big Macs?” and, “Dad? Is it Really You?” along with dozens of others, Comedy Calls helps you find your prank by categorizing the available options in the side bar into groups including Political, Characters, Romance, Music, Viral/Meme and several others.
This site has everything you need on the front page. A drop down selects the prank call you want to make, the next block asks for the phone number, and to the right of it is the send button. You get one call for free and after that have to use credits.
3. Prank Owl
If you want to make a really great prank call with lots of options, Prank Owl is the site for you. The standard prank format is available with themes like “Pizza Order” and “Radio Contest,” plus you can use Operator Prank to spoof two friends at once by making them call each other. There is also a page where you can listen to previous prank calls sorted by prank.
One option I’m not sure I understand the usefulness of is the Spoof Call. That sets you up on a call with someone, which seems like just making a call, but it will “spoof” your caller ID into whatever number you want it to be. The only use I can think of for this is getting someone to take your call without knowing it’s you, and I can’t really think of a good, happy reason for that unless you want to do all the pranking yourself. Yes, that’s a good one, let’s go with that.
The usual options to record the call, blank out caller ID, and listen live to the call are available to all users here.
4. Easy Prank
Claiming to be the “#1 Prank Site on the Web,” Easy Prank has a cleaner landing page than most of the others. The first thing you might notice is the message in the upper blue banner, “8 Calls Left Today.” That is a generous amount compared to the others. When I first landed at the site, I thought this might be why it is number 1, if that claim is valid.
There are fewer prank options here than the others, but on the upside it is totally free. No premium tokens are offered to buy. However, if my experience is standard, free may not matter much.
I clicked on the “Send Prank” button under “Service Call,” which moved me to another page. Here, I entered my phone number for pranking and clicked to send the prank. The next page I was sent to displayed this message:
Sorry Easyprank is going thorugh some updates right now we will be back shortly.
The typo is theirs, not mine (yes, it matters).
I wouldn’t include a review on a site that doesn’t work except for its claim to be the top site of its kind on the net. It is likely you will run into it if you are looking for a prank call site, so I wanted you to know that when you get that result, it isn’t just you.
So much for that; on to the next one.
The last site I will review in detail has a different spin to it. If you’re familiar with a sound board, you will like this.
At CelebDial, you can use a sound board featuring one of your favorite celebrities to prank a friend. This requires more attention and participation from you than the other sites do, but it can also produce a far better result. Here are the basic steps you want to complete before placing your call:
- Choose a celebrity from the likes of Jim Carrey, Samuel L. Jackson, Betty White, President Obama, and many others. Click on the photo to select.
- When asked to sign into Facebook, go ahead and accept it. All the site wants is your email information.
- The sound board is lower down on the page. You want to become familiar with this before placing the call. That way you know the phrases that are available to you and where to find them on the board. If you want to hear what they sound like, click on the block before you call.
- Feel free to try a few different celebrities to see the phrases on their sound boards and to check the quality of the clips.
Now that you have chosen a celeb and played with the sound board a bit, it is time to set up your call:
- Choose your caller ID. If it’s a celebrity, you might want to go with the Los Angeles or San Francisco option, while the closest thing to Washington D.C. (if you choose the president) is Philadelphia.
- If you want to record the prank call, make sure the “Please make an MP3 of my phone call” box is checked.
- Then enter the number you want to call.
- Do you want them to know the call is recorded? In some states that is required by law.
- You are now ready to click the “Prepare Call” button. Before doing that, be ready to use the sound board because if you aren’t on top of this, the call will not go well.
Is your call worthy of posting to YouTube? If not, there are a few more sites to try.
6. Wacky Prank Calls
7. My Phone Robot
8. Crazy Call
9. Custom Prank Call
I wish you all the best with making your prank calls on one of these sites. Keep it in good taste and have fun, make sure that nobody gets hurt and all that. Also be sure check the laws in your state and the recipient’s state if it is different than yours before recording someone on a call without their knowing it. Come back here and share your experiences in the comments section. Thanks for reading!