Last Night's Awkward GOP Debate Fail Was Like an 'SNL' Sketch

Some people like to watch political debates in hopes of becoming more informed voters, while plenty of others like to watch them for the candidates' inevitable slip-ups and funny gaffes. But Saturday night's ABC News GOP presidential debate in New Hampshire delivered a doozy of a hilarious, awkward moment -- before the actual debating even began. And by awkward, we mean to say it was a cringeworthy train wreck.

The mess started when Dr. Ben Carson missed his introduction by moderators David Muir and Martha Raddatz and was seen standing in a hallway backstage instead of walking out and taking his podium. Moments later, he appeared to start to walk out on stage, but stopped in his tracks when the moderators called Sen. Ted Cruz, who just shrugged and walked past Carson to take his podium. A stage manager tried to tell Carson to move, but to no avail. It was like a scene from an "SNL" sketch, but painfully real. Luckily, "SNL" managed to poke fun at the flub just three hours later.

From there, the situation spiraled, with Donald Trump joining Carson in awkwardly waiting in the hallway, while other candidates like Sen. Marco Rubio and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush left them behind. Having their backs turned to the stage, the moderators even declared, "Ladies and gentlemen, the Republican candidates," with only four of the seven candidates in their places. Worse yet, Ohio Gov. John Kasich didn't make it to his podium at all until minutes later, when the chaos was resolved and the candidates were reintroduced. Well, that's one way to start a debate...

Naturally, someone set the clip to the tune of Yakety Sax, creating the masterpiece below:

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Tony Merevick is Cities News Editor at Thrillist and couldn't believe what was happening when he watched this. Send news tips to and follow him on Twitter @tonymerevick.