LISA'S CRANK YANKERS INFO PAGE:
THIS HERE IS GOING TO BE MY ATTEMPT TO ANSWER ALL THAT IS CRANK YANKERS. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO EMAIL ME WITH THINGS I HAVE NOT COVERED.
Q: What character do you play?
A: Cammie the skanky stripper. (pictured below)
Q: How did you get the job?
A: Years ago, I worked with Adam Carolla at the Acme Comedy Theater in Hollywood. Somehow, he thought of me when they created the stripper character. Insert your own joke here. Anyway, he called me up and I auditioned for him and Daniel Kellison over the phone. They liked what I did, and a few weeks later I was on a plane to Vegas to record the first of many calls. It's rare to find people in this business who remember those they thought were talented when they were making there way to the top. I am very grateful to Adam for thinking of me. (Not to mention, it introduced me to Jimmy Kimmel who ended up casting me in "Windy City Heat".) People rule.
Q: Why do you record the calls in Vegas?
A: There are laws in California that restrict people from recording calls without first asking permission. This would completely screw up the whole premise of the show. There are 9 states that allow a call to be recorded without permission. Nevada is one of them. And Vegas is fun. Do the math.
BUT... we do need to get permission AFTER the call is finished. Usually people are very relieved that it was a crank call. Some people need a little nudge to let the call be aired. I think a Crank Yankers T-shirt usually does the trick.
Q: Are the calls real?
A: Every single one is 100% real. I promise.
Q: Are the calls improvised?
A: A team of writers come up with premises and possible lines to use during a call. Those of us making the calls get a packet with about 30 or so premises about a week before we go to Vegas. We usually pick our 20 or so favorites, and then a research department starts getting phone numbers for us. When we arrive at the studio in Vegas, we have a folder with our favorite premises, a list of numbers that we'll be calling, and a list of lines we might try to use. On top of that, there are usually two or three writers in the room with us writing lines as fast as they can on a dry erase board. It gets pretty hectic and nerve wracking. That's why I like to sip on a Mike's Hard Lemonade. A lot of the stuff just flies out of my mouth before I even know what I'm saying. You've got to keep it as loose as possible so you sound like a real person. Crazy.
Q: How many calls do you do in a day?
A: I'd say I do about 15-20 calls in a four hour session. Usually we do 2 days worth of sessions.
Q: Did you have any idea your puppet would be so hot?
A: No!!! She's smoking hot! I'm having surgery so I can look like her. I'm even having felt added to my whole body.