Funny Prank Call Ideas To Try Next Time You Are Bored

A group of friends laughing while prank calling local business

Prank calls have been a popular way to pass a dull evening since the telephone became a household item. While time-tested classics like “is your refrigerator running” and “do you have Prince Albert in a can” are still pretty amusing if you happen to catch someone off guard, people’s mindsets and senses of humor have definitely changed over the last century.

With all this in mind, it’s important to mention these ideas are for entertainment purposes only. We don’t condone prank calls, and they could even be considered illegal in some cases.

First of all, be sure to change your phone number to private status so you don’t give yourself away right off the bat. Alternatively, you can spoof your caller id by adding a second line to your smart phone. If you’re calling someone you know, try to disguise your voice. Then, get ready for some laughs because these prank call ideas are sure to leave your friends, coworkers or even complete strangers in a state of bewilderment!

Toilet Paper Predicament

Call a restaurant, preferably one on the more upscale end of the spectrum because fast food establishments tend to care less. When someone answers, muster up your best upset, panicked tone of voice, and quietly explain you’re in their restroom, and there’s no toilet paper anywhere to be found.

These places are all about providing an optimal customer experience, so they’re likely to send someone to your rescue even though you’re nowhere in the area. If the person who answers is willing to stay on the line with you until help arrives, don’t hesitate to draw it out.

Keep begging them to hurry. Tell them you have a date sitting at one of their tables, and you don’t want to keep him or her waiting. Rant about how humiliating the whole situation really is. In truth, you can take it in any direction you want once you get the ball rolling.

If You’re Helpful and You Know it, Clap Your Hands

Call up someone claiming to be with their mobile service provider, but don’t use a specific company name unless you know which one the recipient uses. Tell the person you’re checking for clarity, reception quality or any other element, and you need his or her help. Ask the person to put the phone down, take ten steps away from it, clap five times and return.

When the person comes back on the line, ask him or her to perform another strange-but-harmless task, such as singing a favorite pop hit from the ‘80s or repeating an odd sentence, like “my mama’s muffins make the best paper weights”. Again, the exact route you choose and just how far you take it is entirely up to you and the patience of the one you’re fooling.

This one’s particularly hilarious if the recipient of the call isn’t alone. Chances are, you’ll hear his or her in-person audience giggling or whispering in the background, and that just takes things up a notch or two!

Restroom Mix-up

Make a call to a local department store. When an associate picks up, say something to the effect of, “First of all, I want you to understand I love your store, and you’re service is great. That being said, your restroom facilities leave a lot to be desired.”

Go on to explain you’re in the restroom in the men’s (or ladies’) clothing department, and there’s no handwashing stations, paper towels or anything. You’re in desperate need of toilet paper and, maybe, some hand sanitizer. You’ll practically hear the person’s facial expression change as he or she realizes you’re actually talking about the dressing rooms.

He or she will most likely point out you’re not in the restroom at all. Feign embarrassment, and say, “Oh… Um… Well… When you bring the paper and hand sanitizer, you’ll probably want to call in a steward, too.” You might have an opportunity to witness some of the panic and chaos on the other end of the line before the store associate remembers to hang up!

Food Frenzy

Call a restaurant and ask for something you know they don’t serve; it sounds simple, but if the right person answers, it’s hilarious. You might call up Cold Stone Creamery and ask for a large, thin crust pepperoni pizza with ham, pineapple and extra cheese, or call Pizza Hut and place an order for a deep-fried turkey and enough stuffing, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and broccoli casserole to serve 15 people.

Once the person on the other end of the line begins to explain they don’t serve that, act angry or even pretend to break down in tears. ‘What am I going to do? I can’t find anyone who serves what I need, and it’s too late to get it from the grocery store, and I have guests on the way. They’re hungry and expecting food, and they’re going to be so upset…”

Be sure to rehearse your lines thoroughly before calling, but also be prepared to improvise. You never know exactly how people are going to react.

These are only a few of the funny, harmless prank call ideas floating around these days, and creativity is encouraged as long as no one gets hurt. Feel free to comment on these and leave your own ideas!