My junior year of college I called the Ricki Lake Show. They were looking for show ideas and people willing to guest star. The recorded prompt instructed me to leave a my name, contact info, and a general message. Game on.
In my best white trash voice I said, "Ricki! I need your help up in here. My husband wears boxers that are full of tiger stripes. His pajamas used to be his dad's and he died 13 years ago. Ain't that freaky? His briefs got holes and stains, too. WOOH! And the gas! I NEED YOU RICKI! Please give my husband a bedroom makeover!!" Then I left my mom's name and phone number, being sure to ask Ricki to call me back ASAP.
Several days later I got a call in my dorm room. It was my mom. The conversation went something like this.
Mom: (all business) Stacy Ann! What did you do?
Me: Hi Mom! What's going on? (innocently, of course)
Mom: Did you call the Ricki Lake Show?
Me: The Ricki Lake Show? That show is such trash, Mom. You should just stick to Oprah.
Mom: This is NOT funny. A producer from the Ricki Lake Show just called me, asking about your father's underwear habits.
Me: Really? Did you tell the truth? (at this point I'm barely able to hold it together)
Mom: Do NOT call strange TV shows and give them our phone number. I have no desire to go on national TV and have your father get some sexy makeover.
I don't remember how the conversation ended. I think I had to promise not to ever do it again. I kept that promise, too. I never called Ricki Lake again. But Jenny Jones, well, that's another story.
To this day all I have to say to my sister is "Ricki" and we both bend over laughing like it just happened. But we only try to do that when it's a holiday because some stories are too good to not include the entire family, don't you think?
Surely you've made your share of prank calls. Tell me about your best ones. How old were you? Who was the victim? Details, people. I need details.
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