THE PITCH — In the TV news world, one of the biggest risks comes from reporting live in the field.
In these shots, reporters head out into the unknown to report on their stories from all sorts of locations. This means they are subject to the elements, animals, obnoxious people interrupting in some way or another, and much more. Indeed, it can be a nerve-racking or even dangerous endeavor. (But Have You Seen This? isn’t about the danger; it’s about the funny, so let’s carry on.)
But no matter what happens, live TV is live TV — there are no do-overs. In the end, the show must go on.
In this video, Russian reporter Evgeniy Evnevich is doing a live shot from an almost empty soccer stadium after a Russian Premier League game. Which, as far as live shots go, is a rather controlled environment. But this poor fellow made one big mistake — he didn’t check the sprinkler schedule.
Evnevich is talking very quickly — whether by habit or circumstance we may never know — when a very powerful sprinkler hits his head with significant force. But this only stops the report the two seconds he’s made unable to talk as the water hits his face directly.
Props must be given where they are due, and there’s not many people — reporter or otherwise — who would keep going in the same manner, especially when the sprinkler makes its way back and blasts him again.
Thanks to the loving arms of the internet, his professional misfortune (which he handles with aplomb) is our hilarious gain.