Television reporter Dan Daru had an awkward moment on live television in the Denver area last week.
The KDVR Fox 31 field reporter was doing a live shot from the Fall Harvest Festival in Platteville, Colo., and went to point out a cute toddler in a stroller.
"Drew the Farm Kid" suddenly looks like he's seen a ghost as Daru and the camera swoop in on the little boy. The scared look is priceless, and Daru makes an Albert Einstein reference, apparently to the boys hair and face.
Then in the middle of Daru's report the blond-haired Drew starts to cry. "This is terrible," Daru says to the camera. "I love that kid."
"Way to make a baby boy cry on live television. Way to to," Danu's co-anchor at the station retorts. Meanwhile Danu is heartily laughing while covering his face behind a stack of papers.
Daru then tries to sing and dance his way out of the predicament with a quick tune from "The Wizard of Oz." It seems to work. A calmer Drew stops crying.
"Let's just cut that while we are ahead,'' the co-anchor says as producers quickly switch off Daru and return to the studio.
The video has been making it's way through various television news blogs and social media.
The station has several other videos posted on their site of Daru at the festival through the rest of the day, and on several occasions he tries to make amends with Drew and to talk to the now much happier and playful boy who keeps eluding the reporter.
Daru seems to have a good sense of humor about himself. His whimsical bio on the television station's website says he was a also television news photographer, dabbled in talk radio and studied at Groundlings Improv Comedy Theatre in Hollywood.
I guess he can add making little kids cry to that.