A C-SPAN call-in discussion on the Iran nuclear talks on Wednesday got sidetracked by an homage to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

The unsuspecting C-SPAN anchor aired a live call from a man who identified himself as Jack Strickland from Bel-Air. But the man quickly clarified that he was originally from West Philadelphia, just like the Will Smith character in the hit 1990s television show.  

“I was actually discussing this issue with a friend of mine when I was in Philly, it occurred on a basketball court,” he said, setting up the theme song for the show.  


“At some point during the conversation, a couple of guys who were up to no good essentially started causing trouble in my neighborhood.

“I got in one little fight and my mom got scared and said ‘You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-Air,’” the caller said.

C-SPAN cut him off at that point, ending the call.

The "Fresh Prince" prank has appeared on Internet message boards and television shows as a popular Internet meme.

It’s not the first time a funny call has made it through C-SPAN screeners.

During a December interview with Brad and Dallas Woodhouse, brothers who are political operatives from the opposite ends of the party spectrum, their mother called in to jokingly scold them on air.