UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon caught in radio prank

Posted Sep 29, 2012 by Anne Sewell
Quebec's 'The Masked Avengers' played a prank on Ban, while at the UN General Assembly, introducing themselves as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Montreal comedy duo Marc-Antoine Audette and Sebastien Trudel, who call themselves "The Masked Avengers", claim that it took them less than an hour, and approximately a dozen phone calls, to get through to the UN Secretary-General at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday.
“He was very cool about it, even laughed. He’s very likeable,” said Audette.
They contacted Ban and introduced themselves as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, apologizing for not attending the UN General Assembly, as he was too busy combing his hair with superglue.
During the five-minute conversation, the duo also asked Ban to speak with National Hockey League Commissioner in an effort to return Quebec City's hockey team from Colorado. Apparently it was at this point in the conversation that Ban noticed something suspicious, as he asked, “Excuse me, am I speaking with Prime Minister Harper right now?”
Eri Kaneko, associate spokeswoman for Ban's office, said, "The Secretary-General quickly understood that it was a prank, and he took it in the way that it was intended, as a joke. It's a busy time of year, and the Secretary-General has a considerable amount to do, so it wasn't the best use of his time, but these things happen."
Kaneko also said. “In the future, we will be listening extra hard for poor French accents for any calls coming from Canada.”
It turns out Ban wasn't the only one hit by the pair, as the Masked Avengers also pranked Harper himself on Friday, pretending to be Francois Legault, the leader of Quebec’s Coalition party.