After his megachurch in Houston, Texas closed its doors to the thousands of people who needed shelter during Hurricane Harvey, Joel Osteen has not been America’s favorite evangelical pastor recently…
He’s been at the forefront of severe criticism as a result, and now, an incredibly hilarious prank call!
Justin Roiland, the creator of the cartoon show Rick and Morty, picked up the phone during a podcast to prank call Osteen’s “prayer line.” He spoke for the duration of the call in his unique voice of the character Rick, from the television show.
When he called, he spoke with an operator and said:
‘My prayer is… I was just curious about Joel Osteen. I just wanted to pray for him. Is he around right now?’
He inquired at how the prayer line worked and asked the operator to explain because ‘he was new to the whole praying thing’. To his amazement, the operator started reeling off a prayer that sounded like a mix of praying with speaking in tongues.
Roiland interrupted and said:
‘Are you talking in tongues right now? Hold on, how does it work… the prayer line?’
‘I need to talk to Joel Osteen. It’s a very important message. I have lots of money right now. I have over $87,000… I’m sorry. I have $83,897 right now for Joel Osteen, and I’m ready to pray. Let’s pray together!’
The operator then told Roiland to call back the next day. He then asked her how much she was paid to answer the hotline.
The operator then, quite literally, started talking in what can only be described as indecipherable tongues. She did manage to say, “Let the Holy Spirit tell you.” Roiland then asked if she was speaking in ‘Klingon or baby talk’.
Roiland then asked:
‘If I were to translate this, would it be like “Hey, don’t let people into the building during the flood because we don’t want their dirty footsteps walking on our nice carpets?’
The woman then said it was a prayer line and not the time for foolishness. He then started speaking tongues back at the operator.
The operator then busted out laughing in response and Roiland exclaimed:
‘You’re laughing at it because you know it’s funny because it’s ridiculous. That’s why you’re laughing right now. I just made you laugh at your own ridiculousness.’
If you need a laugh today, watch the hilarious video below:
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