TV Fact #318 – September 6th, 2015:

The American television show “Crank Yankers” (2002-2007), which featured actual crank calls made by show regulars and celebrity guests that were then re-enacted onscreen by puppets for a visual aid to show the viewer what is happening in the call, had most of its calls made from Nevada.

This was because the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 makes it illegal in most states to record telephone calls without both parties’ consent. However, under Nevada law, only one of the parties has to give consent (i.e., the caller), so prank calls can be recorded without the consent of the prank victims. How often do you see a show use a loop hole in the law to make the show happen?

Published in: on September 6, 2015 at 9:48 PM  Leave a Comment  

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