We like to flip the script from time to time and Shauna Hunt from CITY-TV did exactly that, beautifully. She is a reporter with CITY-TV in Toronto and was doing a live stand-up outside a Toronto FC event when an idiot leaned into the microphone and entered the Pantheon of Idiocy. Here’s the clip from CBC as part of their coverage.
There are two constants in our universe: Hydrogen and Stupidity. This means a reporter expects there to be idiots in the background, or sometimes in the foreground when the camera is live. The normal idiot remark when on camera at a live stand-up is something along the lines of “Hi Mom” or “Toronto FC Rocks!” along with pseudo gang signs or a half-drunk rock-on-devil-horns. Yelling ‘Fuck Her Right In The Pussy!” at Shauna Hunt, cost Shawn Simoes his job at Hydro One as a well-paid IT engineer and has probably cost him his whole career for a few moments of exceptional stupidity. Good. He deserves it and there is not a lot of sympathy from this quarter.
However, we are inclusive in our world-view and the stupid will always be among us, usually showing up in the background on live hits from any event possible.
As a Public Service, here are some things idiots can and perhaps should say when on camera:
“Good Reportage”, preferably in a semi-posh accent, a dead-straight face and a single curt nod at the end
“Do you have any Grey Poupon?” You should be holding a sausage smog-dog to truly carry this one off
“Jello for Everyone!” Penn Gillette may still do this, although Penn and Teller don’t tour much anymore. The gag is they would buy a Jello dessert for everyone in a restaurant. It might cost $30, but getting a free Jello dessert at a diner, late at night, is too cool for words. Gillette would often add “Work for World Peace” to the end of it. Your choice.
“Can I take a selfie with you?”, perhaps better done by a hysterical 14 year old girl in the lineup for a concert by some interchangeable boy band
“Ars Gratia Pecunia!” This will take some memorization, but it is low-rent Latin for Art for Money, loosely based on the MGM Ars Gratia Artis – Art for Art’s Sake. (No it isn’t perfect Latin conjugation as it should be Committendi artis pecuniam, but if it was good enough for Louis B. Mayer, we can live with it)
“Spay and Neuter your Pets!” Bob Barker would like this one
“I’m continent!” Saucy, but bladder-positive if nothing else
“Nice Shoes!” This is quite dirty as the backstory explains the setup and you are only delivering the setup, not the whole line. An acquaintance was once hit on by a guy who showed exactly how much game he had by reducing his seduction time to “Nice shoes, wanna fuck?” It didn’t work, but one could always use statistical rules to try it 100 times and see how many times it succeeds. Odds are 2/100 but that’s better than 0/100
“Free Falun Gong, Win Valuable Prizes!” So it isn’t fully positive and politically correct, but there has to be some leeway in public stupidity on camera
“Thanks for being here!” This will mess with the reporter’s head, especially if you’re sincere and only modestly enthusiastic, instead of over-the-top crazy
And the always appropriate..
“Hi Mom!” Even if you’re looting a big screen TV from a store in the US during a riot, this always works.