Live television is always a bit of a gamble. Even the best-laid plans can be thrown awry by an unexpected technical snafu, a malfunctioning set piece or a jittery performer.
The worst-laid plans for live television, therefore, are pretty much doomed to fail — and fail hard.
Such was the case during a live New Year’s Eve “party” (more like a surreal, obscene funeral) broadcast Monday night on KDOC-TV in southern California. It started out bad and went downhill from there.
Hosted by D-Grade comic Jamie Kennedy and sentient cleavage Shannon Elizabeth, the so-called party was an angry and discombobulated affair that rang in 2013 not with a bang, but with an f-bomb (or three).
At one point Kennedy asks: “Where’s the stage manager?” Judging by the fiasco, there wasn’t one.
Viewers were subjected to a clearly intoxicated Macy Gray rambling incoherently and “singing” (a generous description), copious swearing by a washed-up hip hop band, a racist joke about vaginas, and general stupidity all around.
As if to put an exclamation point on the entire train wreck, a fight broke out onstage as the broadcast finally, mercifully went off the air.
Lucky for us, a keen-eyed viewer pared the ordeal down to just the best/worst bits and posted it to YouTube. Prepare to cringe: