KDOC Los Angeles Had The Most Spectacularly Disastrous New Year’s Special In The History Of Television


Okay, so lots of things have been said about this year’s batch of New Year’s Eve TV broadcasts — mostly about Kathy Griffin bending down to kiss Anderson Cooper‘s crotch on CNN’s air.

But forget that. Just forget it. It wasn’t important. After you read this post, none of those other faux-NYE messes will be relevant.

Why? Because independent local Los Angeles station KDOC’s New Year’s Eve special was the most glorious train wreck to ever grace New Year’s television. It’s so unbelievably bad that it becomes so very, very good.

Hosted by a disheveled Jamie Kennedy (remember him?!) and featuring actress Shannon Elizabeth (remember her?!?!), this hot mess live broadcast views like a parody of a parody of a parody of patently bad television. There’s confusion among the hosts and producers, there are flagrant droppings of f-bombs, there are poorly-rehearsed rollings of video segments, there’s side-boob exposure, and there are drugged out performances.

Some of the highlights:

  • At one point, the show interviews one of Hugh Hefner‘s ex-girlfriends holding a Carl’s Jr. cheeseburger because the burger chain sponsored this hot steaming pile of disaster.
  • Macy Gray (remember her?!?!?!) dropped by to give what seems like a completely stoned performance of that song that won her a Grammy 12 friggin’ years ago.
  • On multiple occasions, Kennedy and/or the show’s producers ask on a hot mic whether the show is currently live (hint: it was) while liberally peppering in some profanity for the sake of it. The first few seconds of one return from commercial break began with Kennedy on-stage looking around confusedly while off-camera voices asked “Where’s my stage manager?” and declared: “Don’t fucking give me shit.”
  • The control room couldn’t seem to figure out how to press the right buttons and so interviews were cut off mid-sentence, camera shots sometimes never changed, random Carl’s Jr. ads ran during the middle of broadcast, and a video of Jamie Kennedy at a comedy club took about 10 seconds to load.
  • One random woman in the crowd figured out how to read teleprompter behind co-host Stu Stone and mimicked his read for an entire two minutes. Sheer brilliance.
  • Some guy dropped a big ol’ “motherfucker” live on-air.
  • Oh hey, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony (remember THEM?!?!?!?!) must’ve time-traveled from the 1990s to perform a few songs, seemingly missing the memo about “not cursing on air,” because… umm… they cursed. A lot.
  • Kennedy channels the 2003 film that made him relevant for 10 whole minutes — Malibu’s Most Wanted — and tries his best at hitting on a drunk black woman: “You should go white, because it’ll keep your vagina very tight.”
  • The show ends with a spontaneous fight on-stage behind the hosts… and then silence as the credits roll. Perfection.
  • One intrepid YouTube user put together the highlights in an unedited video. Everything below aired on live TV and was not doctored at all (except, of course, when it was clipped and put into an abridged video).

    Yes, it’s six minutes long but, for the love of God, stop whatever you are doing and PLEASE WATCH THIS (Very much NSFW):

    [h/t LAist]
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