Watch Some Genius Call Into C-SPAN Pretending To Be The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air

If you are a TV show or radio program that takes live callers on the air, it’s almost guaranteed that you have accepted a prank call at one time or another. Recently, the C-SPAN series Washington Journal was taking live callers when a dude pranked the show with an homage to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Check it out, below.

The Washington Journal is debating how much influence Congress should have on Iran negotiations when they take a caller. The guy seems pretty odd, but it’s not easy to tell right away what the caller is doing. He first introduces himself as Jack Strickland and takes an authoritative tone to tell his tale. At first, it seems as if he is just giving way too much background information to get to the Congress point, but it quickly becomes clear that he is simply rehashing the verses of The Fresh Prince theme song. It’s smooth, it’s underhanded and it’s more than a little hilarious. If you can’t watch the video, here’s the quote.

I was actually discussing this issue with a friend of mine recently, while I was in Philly. It occurred on a basketball court. At some point during the conversation, a couple of guys who were up to no good essentially started causing trouble in my neighborhood. I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and said you’re movie with you Auntie and Uncle in Bel-Air.

Unfortunately, the C-SPAN call cuts off before he can meet a cab driver with the word “FRESH” on the license plate, and well before he could even holler, “Smell ya later,” which is really too bad. From the network’s perspective, they probably wanted to get the dude off the air as quickly as possible, but from our perspective, the prank call is a bit of harmless and entertaining fun. If anything, C-SPAN is a little more lively for the average viewer when this sort of stuff happens.

Despite being a TV series that ran in the 90s, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air has been everywhere lately. Jimmy Fallon recently did a Fresh Prince cold open during the week that The Tonight Show visited Los Angeles, and it featured a dancing Alfonso Ribeiro and its own version of the lyrics. Ribeiro himself recently did a Fresh Prince dance while competing on Dancing with the Stars and series lead Will Smith also performed the theme song on Ellen. I’m not sure what it is that is giving people Fresh Prince fever, but whatever it is, I don’t mind it at all.

Jessica Rawden
Managing Editor

Reality TV fan with a pinch of Disney fairy dust thrown in. Theme park junkie. If you’ve created a rom-com I’ve probably watched it.