Dave Scott, a veteran San Diego reporter did a live news segment from an inflatable obstacle course Saturday morning that went terribly wrong. And by wrong we mean awkward and uncomfortable to watch. The only person that appeared to want to be at this "Family Fun" inflatable race was the event's mascot, Mr. Wacky.
The segment started with an awkward intro where Dave Scott asked the in-studio anchor "Is inflation a good thing or a bad thing?"which was met with silence because the anchor wasn't paying attention. Then Dave repeated the question and another 50 seconds of "inflation" related nonsense ensued.
And that was just the beginning. Dave proceeded to walk down a line of event volunteers who didn't look at all happy to be there or even familiar with the activity, but that didn't stop him from asking them to describe the event. To the first woman he asked "What kind of fun do you think you're going to have today?" the baffled woman reluctantly replied "Lots of fun." The next volunteer only managed to sputter out the words "Helping... just..." and the third seemed embarrassed to be there and didn't respond.
Scott made an attempt to revive the segment by asking the volunteers to give themselves a round of applause, and that was met with an equally dismal response.
Finally, when it seemed couldn't get any worse, it did. Scott makes the crowd chant "Abracadabra! 1,2,3! Now it's time to see what we see!" which prompts an inflatable character, aptly named Mr. Wacky to pop up and try and excite the not so excited crowd.
The painfully awkward segment has gone viral across the country thanks to Reddit and other sources. It's also sparked a barrage of hysterical comments on social platforms.
"OH GOD I CAN'T TAKE IT. The appearance of Mr. Wacky was a blessed relief."
"Jesus Christ! Watching this while high is borderline dangerous, could not breathe."
This is the worst ever live news item I’ve ever seen. I urge you to watch it in all its glory. https://t.co/fdDQxnmNkP— Jamie East (@jamieeast) June 5, 2018
i genuinely cannot pick a single standout moment from this fifty car pile-up of a video but special mention has to go to saying 'it's an honour' to the man wearing a pop-up laundry basket— James McCoull 🐝 (@Edamessiah) June 6, 2018
Where did they find that guy? Was it his first broadcast? Did they pay the bystanders? Are they still alive? Has everyone at the station been fired? I’m typing from my grave as that just killed me.— Jayne Sharp (@Jaynesharp) June 5, 2018
This guy though. pic.twitter.com/qHtTQaKpfl— tine (@tinystrings) June 5, 2018
“Mr. Wacky saved the day.” Is something that should only be said as code for I’m being held hostage, or just a fact about this in 2018. Wow. Just. Wow— Seth Goodtime (@SethGoodtime) June 5, 2018
Looks like not *everybody* was "doing their Mr Wacky"... pic.twitter.com/GZVBOrg0PT— Alastair Bishop 🏴 (@AlastairBishop_) June 5, 2018