One of the most inspired phone pranks on record was orchestrated by WFMU’s Frank Balesteri (aka The Vanilla Bean): he called a phone sex outlet in Memphis, Tennessee and pretended to be a guy with an Elvis fetish. But Frank’s real stroke of genius was turning the tables on the actress/operator and getting her to fantasize about Elvis - his guitar-shaped swimming pool, Elvis getting laid in heaven, the jism on his blue suede shoes. Frank even got her singing "It's Alright, Mama," or at least all the lyrics she could remember. Too bad this was never aired.
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