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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Paul F. Tompkins Talks About Being Prank-Called by an Ice-T Impersonator

Last month, comedian Paul F. Tompkins, who frequently plays Ice-T on his podcast and Comedy Bang! Bang!, received a phone call from someone impersonating Ice-T, and the real Ice-T played audio of the conversation on his own podcast. It turns out that Tompkins and the Ice-T impersonator actually had a 25-minute conversation and that it was edited down to five minutes for the podcast.

Here's Tompkins telling Nerdist more about the phone call:

[Ice-T] just launched a podcast, and within a week of his podcast launching, I got an email from my agent saying Ice-T would like to have you as a guest on his podcast. And I said, "Oh, of course!" I was very excited and nervous about it, because I knew the reason I was being asked was because I had been doing an impression of him, and he had been apprised of that impression. I knew that he would make me do the impression for him.

So I get this call, a couple of days later, so they set it up, and I’m talking to Ice-T, and so we’re talking and I’m very excited, and he says, "Do the impression." I do it, and he says, "Aww, that was terrible!" which really made me laugh. Then I found out the next day, that that was not Ice-T, it was an Ice-T impersonator, this guy Rockwell — a comic in New York, who pranks people as Ice-T — like, he’ll call up the Howard Stern show, and he does a really great Ice-T impression. It’s way more accurate than mine. And so they ran it — it’s up now, they edited it down, it’s like 5 minutes, but we talked for about 25 minutes. So physically I wasn’t talking to the real Ice-T, but I do appreciate the crazy, meta aspect of it, of two guys who do Ice-T impressions talking to each other … Ice-T is a great sport about people doing impressions of him, apparently, obviously, and so I have no choice but to be a great sport about being pranked by Ice-T.