When TV goes wrong…

Excessive pizza toppings transform Tibet's spiritual leader

Ever told a joke that fell completely flat? Happens to me all the time.

But at least I haven’t done it on live television.

Ever wondered what you’d say to the Dalai Lama if you met him? Well, here’s a tip. Don’t copy this guy coming up.

And have you ever mixed up a work colleague with a leading Nazi? That was a rhetorical question by the way. Obviously we’ve all done that. But probably not on live TV.

S0 back to the Dalai Lama. I thought he was supposed to spread sweetness and balm – not humiliation – though to be fair, Karl Stefanovic from the Australian Today show did it to himself.

Apparently the Dalai Lama has a great sense of humour, as… er… proven by this link.

So on to BBC Scotland and the Nazi weather woman. (NB – Before I get sued – I don’t mean to imply that Cat Cubie is a Nazi. Scottish weather is not her fault.)

Aah – the joys of other people’s broadcasting cock ups.

Some day I must post the audio of a former colleague (whom I hold in high regard otherwise) broadcasting in such a tedious boring manner, that he literally fell asleep as he himself was talking. It was our favourite piece of audio to play again and again to while away the hours overnight. (To be fair he was a hard worker and may just have been exhausted.)

Happy memories.



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16 responses to “When TV goes wrong…

  1. Oh my gosh, I’m beyond mortified for the “one with everything” guy!

  2. speccy

    Brilliant. When Girl1 was small I used to bore her to sleep by talking in detail about what had gone on that day… and then we put your coat on , and your hat, and we got you strapped in to the pram and I locked the door. Off we went down the street and we decided to turn left, go down the hill, across the bridge…do you remember all the noisy cars?….
    See? Bet it still works- wake up!!

  3. I saw the Dalai Lama clip and couldn’t believe anyone would think he ever ate pizza.

  4. Poor llama. She went into the clinic for a routine facelift and ended up with Dolly Parton. I hope she sued the pants off the surgeon.

  5. …left with image of bare-assed surgeon…must shake off and get on with life

  6. Sorry I apologise on behalf of all Australians for that knob!

  7. “Make one with everything” is a deeply significant philosophical axiom and Dalai Lama responded with the only way a Spiritual person would – Theoretically possible. There was a clash of two cultures, neither understanding the other. No wonder the joke fell flat. Has happened to me as a joker and as a target of a joker when in alien environments!

    The BBC video has been removed by the user!

  8. I Feel The Same Everytime I See Michael Mcintyre on The Telly………………….

  9. Wow, as a screwer upper of jokes, I recognize the face on the Dalai Lama. He knows he is supposed to get something, but he just isn’t getting it and it isn’t his fault. In this case, it is a cultural misunderstanding; with me, it is usually because I have screwed up the punchline. That guy should have stopped at “pizza.”

    Interesting to note that the other video has been removed. I’m guessing it was really bad.

    • blackwatertown

      You’re not one of those people who accidentally start with the punchline and don’t realise until you finally get to the end of the joke, are you?

      Re the video – I’ve found another source. It’s working again – at least for now.

  10. blackwatertown

    @ Maxi – Pizza is perfect forthe Dalai Lama – his orange robes hide the tomato sauce stains.
    @ Nick & mikaloguer – You’re a great double team.
    @ Baino – Hey, he sacrificed his dignity to give us all a laugh. Greater love not man hath, etc.
    @ Tony – My latest laugh? Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2 – was accompanying a (non-wimpy) kid to the cinema. Didn’t expect much, but it was very funny.

  11. Barbara

    That’s one of the few jokes I can tell and not mess up and have actually gotten a few laughs over the years. But the way I heard it was: What did the Buddhist say to the hot dog vendor? Make me one with everything… Oh well. Jokes must be the hardest things to translate cross-culture…

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