As cringe-worthy as it sounds, the report from Boise’s KIVI Channel 6 sports anchor Paul Gerke is actually quite funny
Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's timeless comic creation and the star of the upcoming Anchorman sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, has no shortage of fans and imitators. Paul Gerke, the sports reporter for Boise’s KIVI Channel 6 local television station is both a fan and imitator of San Diego's finest newscaster, and on Halloween he saw his opportunity not just to dress up as Burgundy, but give his best impression of him too.
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On Thursday's (31 October) edition of the evening news, Gerke donned a classy suit, a thick moustache and (probably) a glass of scotch under his desk to create a piece of local TV gold. His sportscast was littered with Anchorman references too, with Gerke picking his teeth at the beginning of the segment, commenting that he has just eaten ribs, shamelessly promoting the new Dodge Durango (Burgundy appears in a new line of commercials for the vehicle) and cramming no shortage of quotes from the first film into his 5 minute segment. The video is a must see.
"Don’t act like you’re not impressed!" Gerke tells his fellow Idaho-based anchors towards the end of the impression. Judging by their laughter, and ours, they definitely were!
Burgundy will of course be back on our screens in the not so distant future himself, when the Channel 6 News Team return for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. The film picks up some years after the events of the 2004 original and sees Ron, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Brick Tamland (Steve Carrell) and Champ Kind (David Koechner) rise to the upper echelons of national broadcasting, bringing the once noble art of news reading to its current, scandal-obsessed state. The film arrives in cinemas on 20 December.