"... um, I'm gonna need you to funny-up that April Fools announcement before it goes out for publication.... It's a bit lacking in the obvious chuckle department and might be seen as being real news by a few influential readers.... So if you could take care of that by 8 AM tomorrow morning...."
(Seriously, IMHO this is a poorly done April Fools. It's impossible to lampoon your own project and have it be recognized as a joke when other people outside the project are lampooning it at the same time. Humor fail.)