Lie Witness News takes victims at Coachella Arts Festival
Being a Brit, we don’t get a lot of evening entertainment shows, the likes of which America has in abundance. The Daily Show is the main reason I regret this, and although we have a couple – Graham Norton and Jonathan Ross spring to mind – the States have Conan O’Brien, David Letterman, Jay Leno, and Jimmy Kimmel, to name but a few. I don’t know if all of them are any good, but that side of the pond is spoiled for choice, if nothing else.
All of these shows have regular segments to keep the audience in the loop about what’s going on. The last of these gentlemen, Mr. Kimmel, has one called “Lie Witness News”, the premise of which is to go out and about posing as reporters and asking the public about made-up news stories.
I’ve not seen one before, but this one certainly caught my eye. At this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival (Coachella for short), Lie Witness News pounced on some unsuspecting attendees and asked them about various bands on the lineup.
These band names were made up (all bar one – I’ll let you see if you know which so you can feel all clever like me) but unfortunately for the ones they caught out, rather than admitting they’d never heard of them, they went along with it, feigning knowledge with vague, round-about responses (even when pressed for details). Check it out:
I can feel their pain, to be fair. When someone waves a camera and a microphone in your face, you want to appear knowledgeable, and so denying knowledge of the band’s existence for them would have amounted to not being able to point themselves out on TV when they got home and go “look mum, I was on telly!”. Turns out they got their wish…but for all the wrong reasons.
One of the guys doesn’t actually have a lot to worry about – the one real band name the ‘reporter’ uses he has heard of, and doesn’t profess to have listened to.
Still, with all the stupid band names flying around in metal these days, it’s not so hard to believe that Dr. Schlomo and the G.I. Clinic or Shortyjizzle and the Plumbercrunks are real, is it?