In a scam that falls under the category of “turnabout is fair play” [or maybe ‘se retourner est jouer franc jeu’ in French], today French President Nicolas Sarkozy called former Saturday Night Live head writer Tina Fey, and pranked her into thinking he was two Canadian radio comedians from Montreal. “Boy, he sounded just like a French Opie & Anthony. Two different voices and everything. I really had no idea he was actually the president of France.”
Perhaps she should have realized that something was not kosher when he said, “We love to watch all the funny shows on NBC, especially ‘My Name is Earl’.” Ms. Fey was on the set of her show, “30 Rock” when she took the call. “I thought that it was actually Canadian comedian Marc-Antoine Audette wanting to get my help as part of a prank call to President Sarkozy, in response to his call to the real Sarah Palin. It is all very confusing.”
The real comedian Audette is part of a radio duo that has made prank calls to a series of world leaders over the years. Fey didn’t give away anything of real note –- except when ‘Audette’ suggested that perhaps Fey had an ambition to have her own television show herself one day. “Maybe in eight years,” she joked, doing her best Sarah Palin impression — thinking that President Sarkozy as Audette was being sarcastic himself and that he must have heard of her show “30 Rock.” “We love you! Thank you for talking to me!” Fey is reported to have told ‘Sarkozy’ during the call, thinking she was talking to the real Audette.
In other news, President-Elect Barack Obama made a prank call to the brother of Jeremy Piven, and offered him the White House Chief of Staff position.
Joey Novick is an attorney, professional stand-up comedian, professional keynote speaker, and a former 12 year Councilman in Flemington, NJ. From 1996-2000, he served as the County Chair of the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee. As a stand-up comedian and improv actor, Joey has appeared on MTV, Comedy Central, Rascal’s Comedy Hour and One Life to Live, and most recently, with “Laughing Liberally”. He has opened in concert and at comedy club dates for such comedy notables as Jerry Seinfeld, Robert Klein, Lewis Black, Rosie O’Donnell and Ray Romano. He is currently developing a one-man show about life, laughter and local government in the Garden State, tentatively entitled, “Trentoon”.
His blog, NJPoliticsUnusual.com, has been informing NJ’s political insiders for almost “two-thirds of a fiftieth of a century,” and has recognized by Campaigns & Elections and SNJ Business People. The New York Times, AP Newswire, Washington Post, Newark Star-Ledger, ABC News and National Public Radio have all been kind enough to mention his work in comedy and politics every now and then. Joey appears monthly on News-12’s “Power & Politics”, sharing his keen insights on NJ’s elected officials, and has chaired a panel on political humor for the New Jersey State League of Municipalities every year since 1995. He has taken his political humor on the road across the nation, appearing at state municipal league conferences in New York, Maine, Connecticut, Nevada, West Virginia, New Mexico, Colorado, Kentucky and Rhode Island; as well as at the National League of Cities Conference. His mother, Pearl, lives in Florida, plays canasta almost every day, and is very glad Joey visits her on a regular basis.