Joe’s got a good post over at his website about funny moments that hit the air live. I hate to admit it, but I got the giggles one night while reading copy at WJSU in Anniston, Alabama.
The story was about an 80 year old man charged with killing his wife for hiding the remote control to the tv. I know, that’s not funny at all. But the next line in the story was “Police say the elderly man then tried to commit suicide by hitting himself in the head with a hammer.”
When the words came up on the TelePrompter, I clearly pictured this old man with claw hammer in hand. I somehow snickered my way through the rest of the story and tossed it to my co-anchor who was far more mature than I was. I’ve got the tape of that somewhere. Maybe I’ll post it on YouTube someday.
But this discussion also reminded me of the absolute funniest clip I’ve ever seen from a live tv show. It’s out of Holland and the anchor is interviewing a couple about sex with a handicapped spouse. The anchor is fine, until he finds he hears the man’s voice.