Canadian phone pranksters: Palin 'as gullible as Britney Spears'
David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Published: Monday November 3, 2008

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The Montreal radio DJs known as the "Masked Avengers" who fooled Sarah Palin with a prank phone call on Saturday say that among all the celebrities they have taken in, only Palin was "as gullible as Britney Spears."

"When you were the phone with her, did she have any idea what was going on?" CBS's Harry Smith asked the duo on Monday.

"Absolutely not," replied Marc-Antoine Audette, who pretended during the call to be French president Nicolas Sarkozy, calling up to wish Palin luck in the election.

"She was as gullible as Brittany Spears," added his partner, Sébastien Trudel.

The call was sprinkled with what should have been clear giveaways. When the Sarkozy impersonator suggested "I just love killing those animals. Mmm, mmm, take away life, that is so fun," Palin merely giggled appreciatively. She did not even tumble to the joke when he described his wife as "so hot in bed."

Audette finally resorted to stating, "I loved the documentary they made on your life. You know, Hustler's Nailin Palin." But even then, Palin's only response was a cheery, "Oh, good, thank you, yes." At that point, Audette gave up and told her she'd been pranked.

"There are only two people that we've pranked that never caught on that it was a joke and that we had to explain it to them at the end -- Sarah Palin and Britney Spears," marveled Trudel. "And Brittany Spears could not ever be president of the United States, but Sarah Palin could."

"It's pretty disturbing to see that idiots like us can go through to a vice-presidential candidate," Trudel continued. "Two stupid comedians with a bad French accent."

Trudel said it took just four days for them to arrange the call, starting by talking to low-level people in Alaska and working up through Palin's campaign staff.

"When we started to work on the idea last Tuesday," Audette told the Globe and Mail, "we thought it would be mission impossible. But after about a dozen calls, we started to realize it might work, because her staff didn't know the name of the French President. They asked us to spell it."

"It's our fastest one except Britney Spears," Audette boasted to Harry Smith.

"When we pranked Paul McCartney, it took us about two months," Audette amplified. "Bill Gates a month. Brittany Spears two days."

An spokesperson for the Obama campaign commented, "I'm glad we check out our calls before we hand the phone to Barack Obama."

This video is from CBS' The Early Show, broadcast November 3, 2008.

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