Is This The Greatest Prank Call Of All Time?
For years touring musicians listened to copies of this call in their vans. Now, you can hear it for yourself.
It takes a while to develop, but many believe the below video contains the greatest prank call of all time. Touring musicians have been listening to the call -- which has managed to remain offline for over 15 years -- for ages. Now, you can too.
The "Corporate Office" is the work of Los Angeles funny man Bob Schriner, who lived in Tempe, AZ, at the time of the call, 1999. Schriner says he wasn't surprised the call ends the way it does. (WARNING: Spoilers ahead.)
The call, and others from Schriner like it, started gaining a cult following among touring bands in the early aughts thanks to Henry Owings of Chunklet magazine. Owings is a staple in Atlanta's alt and punk scenes who frequently had bands stay at his home while they were on tour.
When they'd head back out on the road, he'd give them a CD that included Schriner's handywork, which he'd first received from John Schmersal of Brainiac and Enon in '99 or 2000. "It feels almost provincial to talk about circulating prank calls in this very modern age," Owings tells BuzzFeed News. "But the Wendy's call was always the first thing I'd put on [the CD]."
Eventually, one of the bands that was given a copy of the call, Lightning Bolt (above, left), gave it to a fellow touring band ,The Locust (above, right)), who knew Schriner. Owings and Schriner met in 2002 and have been best buddies ever since. Now Owings is making the call available via Chunklet, pressing 100 copies of the call on one-sided 12" vinyl. It is also available via download.