And you thought Kanye West hated YouTube before. A cringe-worthy clip from West's never-shown HBO sitcom was uploaded to the video-sharing site by actress Alison Quinn.
In the clip, West plays himself visiting a dying Make-a-Wish kid. Quinn plays his handler. West stumbles into the room because his mask-like hoodie is zipped all the way up, obscuring his face and his vision.
When he finally reveals his face, the Make-a-Wish kid has little interest in West, whom Quinn calls "Kenny" because she's "from Ohio and that's how we pronounce it." West schools Quinn on the pronunciation of his name and Quinn fires back, "Like Kanye Rogers?" and starts to sing a bit of the Kenny Rogers-Dolly Parton hit "Islands in the Stream."
It gets worse from there. West asks the Make-a-Wish kid who's his favorite artist, and the boy fires off a list that includes Lil Wayne, R. Kelly and others. Finally, West says, "Do you like any of my songs?"
"They're OK," responds the unenthusiastic kid.
Quinn tries to prop up West by saying he was on the cover of Vibe, but West corrects her, saying he was on the far-less-hip Time for "being the smartest man in pop music." Quinn questions, "How do they measure something like that?"
The clip hits rock bottom when Quinn announces that they've found a donor heart for the Make-a-Wish kid and goes into graphic details about her gory death. West does his best to look on incredulously. It all ends with Quinn going on an unfunny extended monologue about the donor girl.
What was West thinking by attempting to cross over into comedy? Writer/director Larry Charles said in a 2008 interview that West wanted to do his version of Larry David's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
West claimed he was "the black Larry David," Charles said. "That's the first thing he said to me. So it's like Kanye and 'Curb' show. It's kind of improvised about the situations and stuff. It was really good, but again I think it was too hardcore for HBO."
That's doubtful considering all the fang-banging on "True Blood" and sex and violence on "Game of Thrones." Whatever the case, he succeeded on some level. Our enthusiasm for Kanye West, the comic actor, is now officially curbed.