You could be forgiven if you mistook the start of the latest GOP debate for the beginning of a Saturday Night Live skit.
Dr. Ben Carson‘s didn’t hear his name announced during introductions and started somewhat of a comical traffic jam.
The retired neurosurgeon stayed off the stage waiting while the camera remained on him and Ted Cruz walked around him.
Donald Trump also failed to hear his name and he stood offstage with Carson.
After Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush walked around the pair the moderators again introduced Carson.
They had to introduce Trump two more times before he made his way onto the stage and they nearly forgot Ohio Gov. John Kasich altogether.
After the debate Carson told reporters that ABC, the host of the debate, had audio issues and that is what caused the confusion.
“ABC News has admitted there were sound issues. We couldn’t hear very well backstage, so I was just waiting to hear my name,” he said.
But that didn’t make the moment any less hilarious.
Check out the comical clip below.
Social media was quick to skewer the mishap.
Ben Carson was introduced – must not have heard his name. Traffic jam ensued.
— Rick Klein (@rickklein) February 7, 2016
Enjoyed SNL’s cold open on the Republican debate immensely https://t.co/WaFOLph7Ir
— James Dart (@James_Dart) February 7, 2016
I keep randomly watching the introduction debacle from tonight’s GOP debate & laugh every time. https://t.co/TYLNNqjBu6
— Jimmy Traina (@JimmyTraina) February 7, 2016
— Messaging Matters (@MessagingMatt) February 7, 2016
— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) February 7, 2016
Trump held back with Carson offstage at intro. I saw it as a show of comradery over Iowa. https://t.co/KEVLmJFW9y
— Debra (@Bubbachitchat1) February 7, 2016
Woah was that ABC intro real?? Why did Ben Carson just decide to chill in the hallway?? So many questions
— hayley brundige (@HayleyBrundige) February 7, 2016
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