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Daniel Kurtzman

Sarah Palin Punk'd by Prank Call

By November 1, 2008

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Sarah Palin Prank Call In what ranks as one of the crowning comic achievements of the 2008 presidential campaign, a Canadian comedy duo prank called Sarah Palin and convinced her she was talking to French President Nicolas Sarkozy. (Listen to the audio of the prank call and read the transcript)

The Masked Avengers, who are notorious for their prank calls to celebrities and heads of state, managed to dupe Palin for six minutes as the Sarkozy impersonator talked about politics, Joe le plumber and 'unting with Dick Cheney.

Palin appeared to be unfazed by his exaggerated Pepe Le Pew-style accent and didn't pick up on any of the hints that the conversation was a joke, even when he said, "From my 'ouse, I can see Belgium."

It went downhill from there as he proposed going hunting with Palin by helicopter, boasted that his wife was "hot in bed," and praised the documentary about Palin's life, Hustler's "Nailin Paylin."

Listen to the hilaroius, cringe-inducing audio of the Palin prank call and read the transcript.

Palin's spokeswoman reacted to the prank by saying, "Governor Palin was mildly amused to learn that she had joined the ranks of heads of state, including President Sarkozy and other celebrities, in being targeted by these pranksters. C'est la vie."

She can also probably c'est la goodbye to her campaign.

Update: Here's how Obama adviser Robert Gibbs responded when asked about the prank call: "I'm glad we check out our calls before we hand the phone to Barack Obama."

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November 1, 2008 at 10:14 pm
(1) Renton says:




November 1, 2008 at 11:47 pm
(2) SCB says:

You’d think she’d know that the PM of Canada is Stephen Harper, not Stef Carse (a Quebecois country singer who covered Billy Ray Cyrus’ Achy Breaky Heart in French in the 90s). Oh wait… she can’t see Canada from her house, can she? Nevermind.

God forbid she become VP and get a prank call claiming nukes were on their way from Russia.. she’d buy that too and retaliate while McSame took his nap.

Obama 08!

November 2, 2008 at 1:27 am
(3) Fred Freid says:

I don’t think this is embarrassing. I think it is funny in a ho hum kind of way. By the way, I don’t have any idea how the conversation sounded on the Palin earpiece–it no doubt, was difficult to hear some of that stupid Faux French. I would also like to know who it was that got a hold of the phone number to the nearby staff of Palin?? Smacks of a lot of preparation for such a poor stunt. I was not laughing–and I have a great sense of humor to laugh at any candidate’s blunders.

I guess gullibility (as displayed by the followers of Obama with his socialist and social engineering proposals) is not limited to the Democrats.

November 2, 2008 at 3:16 am
(4) cpad says:

This was bad enough to make this life time democrat (50 years) switch sides! What has happened to this society that people would think this if funny?

November 2, 2008 at 3:35 am
(5) bill says:

She must have realized it was a prank. She can’t be that stupid, can she?

November 2, 2008 at 3:38 am
(6) Fathead says:

The craziest thing about this is that she seems genuinely surprised that the call was a prank. I thought she might have suspected it but didn’t want to hang up just in case it was for real, but it sounded more like the possibility that it was a prank hadn’t even crossed her mind.

She’s got to be the dumbest governor in American history.

November 2, 2008 at 3:47 am
(7) Ann says:

I could barely stomach listening to this. It makes me cringe to think that this woman could be president!

November 2, 2008 at 4:41 am
(8) MikeB says:

Next week:

“Hello, Governor Palin, this is Jesus H. Christ”

“Oh, golly! I thought we talked last Thursday!”

November 2, 2008 at 4:58 am
(9) jessica says:

Let’s see if they have the courage to do that to Barrack or his wife. Hell will break loose. maybe they can talk about our 57 states or how America is a downright mean country when you make over 300k as a professor with 3 years experience because your husband is a senator or maybe about how to get a cheap/free land when you make a deal with a slumlord.
But all these are too difficult to be understood by illiterate uneducated wanna-be victims.

November 2, 2008 at 5:06 am
(10) mochridh says:

Oh boy was this funny!
To the comment about “Faux French” – it wasn’t. The comedian is a francophone named Marc-Antoine Ayotte – he speaks English with an accent and does speak French. The quebecois accent where speaking English is quite different from the France accent, but Palin would not be aware of this. The stuff this guy said in French was real too.

Marc-Antoine gave her PLENTY of hints and indications that this was a prank, but she was sooo wrapped in speaking with the French prez that she wasn’t paying attention to the actual conversation. If nothing else, this is a prime example of how Palin deals with foreign dignitaries – is this the person you want representing your country’s interests at an international conference?
Beyond having no grasp of current affairs, no intellectual curiosity, she has really, really poor instincts.

November 2, 2008 at 7:44 am
(11) ouch says:

hey Fred Freid,
Why are you copy/pasting the same thing in all the blogs related to this topic?

November 2, 2008 at 1:42 pm
(12) Travis says:

There apparently must be some protocol for accepting calls from international government officials of which she is not aware. Most intelligent Americans would probably assume that you wouldn’t likely accept a call from the President of another country w/out making some attempt to verify the identity of the official or at least expressing some nonverbal apprehension about accepting the call. Not only does it seem to make good sense but could really be security issue. Mrs. Palin, a person of lesser intelligence, thinks it appropriate to accept the call and carry on like some yahoo (i.e. Bush). Albeit a cruel joke, the situation really reinforces the fact that she simply is not very perceptive in a way one would expect a political leader to be. Conservatives, could possibly lower the bar any further or are you in fact a party of simpletons? Thank goodness that some credible conservative leaders have begin to step-up and challenge her credibility.

November 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm
(13) Terry says:

They shouldn’t have told her it was a prank and let her start bragging to the media about how she was on the phone with Sarkozy . . . That would have been extraordinary lolololol

November 2, 2008 at 2:06 pm
(14) FloridaPete says:

If she ever becomes president I hope that no psycho manipulates her into pressing the red button…

November 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm
(15) jake says:

If she had the intelligence of a box of rocks, she would have caught on that it was a prank in 5 seconds and could have had fun with it.

Instead she had to run away from the phone.

If she can’t stand up to DJ’s how can she stand up to Putin or Iran?

November 2, 2008 at 7:29 pm
(16) russ says:

sarah palin is a moron, but it sounds like she guessed this was a prank. she just sounds like she’s playing along. but on the other hand she sounds like that right from the start.

November 2, 2008 at 9:59 pm
(17) David Zukerman says:

When Republicans pull camp[aign stunts we hear the cry of
“dirty trick” throughout medialand.

When Democrats pull political stunts the media would declare:
“Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense.” — if, that is, they took time out from talking to each other and read Mark Twain who gave us this observation.

November 2, 2008 at 11:24 pm
(18) Weaver says:

These guys were not Republicans or Democrats. They were Canadians!

November 3, 2008 at 2:27 am
(19) David ukerman says:

Yes, they were Canadians. Imagine the global outrage if Laura
Ingraham and Ann Coulter chatted up, say the UK’s George Brown.

Be that as it may, our media raises the banner of the adversary relationship with government mainly when it is headed by a Republican. Theodore H. White, in The Making of the President 1960 noted that
reporters covering the Kennedy campaign marched like “soldiers of the Lord to the New Frontier.(P.338)

Rather than skewering Gov.Palin attention might be paid the McCain camp’s last minute emphasis on Rev. Wright, an emphasis that, arguably suggests desperation. Would that McCain be positive about himself than negative about his oppnent.

Doesn’t seem, to me, thaat either candidate has the sense humor of Ronald W. Reagan.

Anyone for a last minute move toward Bob Barr Opps, he got taken in worse tha Gov. Palin the other day, by that Sacha clown.

November 3, 2008 at 6:38 am
(20) mochridh says:

Hey Dave – this is their specialty. They track down and prank call celebrities of all sorts, even the Queen of England.

Has zero to do with interfering in US politics. Sorry to take away your attempt to make it the Dems fault.

The DJ’s responsible put Palin’s intelligence level in the same category as Britney Spears, who they’ve also pranked.

November 3, 2008 at 12:28 pm
(21) David Zukerman says:

Yo!- mochridh. (First apologies for typos in previous.) Having acknowledged these were Canadians (Canadiens?), am not blaming Dems. Just indicating that this campaign has shown beyond all doubt the double standard that is
invidiously applied to Republicans.

And there YOU go, as Democrats are wont to do, questioning the intelligence of Republicans – which, of course is not a reasoned argument, just a conclusory barb.

I do thank you for reading my coment. Please see the first half of Federalist No. 57 which by implication, describes the aristocratic mindset in the opening sentence and goes on to urge our leaders to serve “the common good of the society” and stay close to the people.”

Now, a president who took the counsel of good old No. 57 would really chagne the D.C. culture, going back to the original notion that the the people, not the insiders, are sovereign here.

I expect a blanket Democratic victory: White House, Congress, plus media. (Which will put the adversary relationship between media and WH on hold for a number of years.) I do not expect the next administration and Congress will pay any attention to Federalist No. 57. Perhaps the distance between Washington and the rest of us must get wider until a political party committed to our Founding fundamentals is formed and gains public acceptance.

Also, I am not confident that liberals have a sense of humor when
it is aimed at them.

Anyway, I hope Gov. Palin replaces the current woman in a commercial with Martin Scorsese; She clearly looks the part.

November 3, 2008 at 7:44 pm
(22) David Zukerman says:

Another indication of Republican ineptitude. Just saw a comment from Sen. Obama that Republicans probably would say he is a commie because, as a child, he shared his peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with others.

What Repubicans should have asked, in response to this quip, was whether young Barack checked if those with whom he shared the sandwiches were NOT allergic to peanuts

November 7, 2008 at 12:15 am
(23) Masked Avengers Transcript says:
November 11, 2008 at 5:55 pm
(24) Robert Cailliau says:

The transcript was wrong. If you listen to the audio, the prankster said: “rouge levres sur une cochonne” which is more correctly translated as “lipstick on a promiscuous woman”. (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/cochonne)
“cochon” is pig, and the first meaning of “cochonne” is sow, but the intended meaning was clearly the slang meaning. Only a french-speaking person or someone very well-versed in colloquial French would use that meaning or understand it.

November 22, 2008 at 12:30 am
(25) Riona Nally says:

Thank you Canada for getting back at the female velocoraptor who has given me nightmares since she came on the scene. She seems long gone now, but who knows? What if they resurect her DNA ? She has upset me so much because of her disregard for Wolves and her aerial hunting, thank you she deserves this.

January 4, 2009 at 3:16 pm
(26) naomi says:

i have an idea well lets say we used miley cryes and some one she know told her that she had to met up with this dude and this dude wanted to see her perform so she perfomed for hem and he told her your awful your horribe your carrier as a singer is over done gone she would freake and thats when you send in the punkd dudes

May 22, 2011 at 9:56 pm
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