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Why are prank phone calls funny?

When you play a joke on someone who is standing in front of you, you need to be careful. If the person does not like the joke, you will sense an immediate reaction that may not be pleasant. If you go too far, you leave yourself open to embarrassment, shame or even revenge. If you have an audience, they too may feel embarrassed.

Over the phone, you can play jokes anonymously. This allows you and your audience to avoid embarrassment (and revenge). And since you are anonymous, if the joke falls flat, you can hang up and try again.