In a strange attempt at humor that came across more like explosive ego mixed with downright boorishness, radio personality Ray Appleton really botched his introduction of Audra McDonald at her hometown concert Friday at the Warnors Theatre. After joking about being coerced into wearing a tux, the KMJ host told the audience:
It’s nice to be in a room in which there’s a native-born Fresnan more famous than me.
The response from the audience: near silence, with a few slight but detectable hisses rising up from several of the more appalled concertgoers.
What an embarrassing way to start off such a classy, elegant event. Sorry, Audra, that you had to walk on stage after that weird, tone-deaf intro.