On yesterday's edition of Channel 2's Daybreak, co-host Natalie Tysdal vomited on live television. And while some stations try to downplay their on-air gaffes, the folks at Channel 2 did just the opposite, sharing the footage on social media with pride. See it below and access links to many of Denver TV's all-time best bloopers, including an inadvertent penis shot, a reporter who made a horrified child cry and a weatherman who told a female colleague, "Congratulations on your big hooters."
As we noted in a 2012 Westword roundup of Denver's funniest bloopers on video up until then, the most famous screw-up story in local TV history starred ’80s-era KCNC anchor Madeline McFadden, who asked weatherman Larry Green what happened to the eight inches he promised her — and sorry to say, no footage of it survives, to our knowledge. But Tysdal actually made an appearance on our list for her conversation with morning-show regular Chris Parente about the "crooked crack" on his unicorn tattoo.
And that's not to mention Tysdal's appearance on the cover of Denver magazine circa 2009 alongside then-colleague Libby Weaver in a photo that found them "literally busting out of their flirtatious attire, with the girliest of the two wearing a breast-boosting garment that turns her wiggle rack into an awesome blossom," as we described in a post. "Meanwhile, her more masculine partner is clad in an open shirt from which one mam threatens to escape as she perches spread-legged on a chair and holds a cigar that, with apologies to Sigmund Freud, isn't just a cigar in this case. As a bonus, the sitting woman has her arm looped suggestively through the crooked leg of her gal pal, whose crotch is at mouth height."
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Still, Tysdal's appearance yesterday is clearly her most hilarious entry into the "Did I Just See That?" Hall of Fame yet. It began with the morning crew taking what's known on Twitter as the #OneChipChallenge, involving a Paqui snack called Carolina Reaper Madness, named for the blazing-hot pepper from which it's made. Here are the visual results, with the barfing taking place around the 1:20 mark.
Later that morning, Tysdal offered her version of events on Facebook.
"So, what really happened on TV this morning with the 'one chip challenge?'" she asked. "I thought I was okay until I had a drink of my coffee to wash down the chip. I threw up, couldn't breathe and felt like fire was coming out of my mouth, nose and ears. I had a bottle of water, a glass of milk, a tablespoon of honey and 3 mints and still felt on fire. An hour later I had chills and a massive headache. Three hours have gone by and I feel like I was beat up in a dark alley. Oh, and did I mention I shared the chip with my producer Scott Elliott? CRAZY! I wouldn't recommend it."
Tysdal's supervisors at Channel 2 might. After all, the clip has racked up more than 128,000 Facebook views at this writing — and it's made its way to YouTube, too. Those are numbers that rival the screenings of 2012 clips showing anchor Kyle Dyer being bitten in the face by a dog during the 9News morning show, but with a much less frightening and unfortunate aftermath.
Oh, the risks and rewards of live television. Click below to re-experience eight more of Denver TV's funniest examples.
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