Another year, another onslaught of hilarious news broadcast bloopers. Thanks to the crew at NewsBeFunny (via Gawker), we can relive 2014’s most bizarre in-studio goof-ups, field reporter miscues, technological breakdowns and awkward interviews. F-bombs, prank calls, an outraged Mike Tyson – the past 12 months have raised the bar for news weirdness.
The pinnacle of any live TV broadcast is a verbal blunder, and there are an abundance of gems in the above clip. One anchor’s Valentine’s Day segment goes awry thanks to a Freudian slip (“If you’re making last-minute dinner plans, you may have a hard time getting in some of the titties”), and another reporter accidentally references the UConn Huskies basketball team as “2014 NAACP national champs.” In related news: “fuck truck,” “Fuckabee,” “slutty snow.”
Many priceless moments are found in the field, thanks to street-walking citizens desperate for their 15 minutes (or seconds) of local news fame. One brave woman licks a reporter’s head and one Rochester man offers a creative comparison for below-freezing temperatures: “I compare winter to be the Justin Bieber of seasons,” he says. “It was kind of cute and exciting when it first started out, and now it’s a bit obnoxious and should probably just stay in Canada.” There are also clips of a freaky unicorn, a Jack Sparrow look-alike and an impromptu kiss from Erykah Badu.
But the year’s funniest broadcast flub has to be Samuel L. Jackson erupting, Pulp Fiction-style, after a clueless interviewer confuses him with another famous African-American thespian, Laurence Fishburne. “We all don’t look alike!” Jackson yells. Check it out above.