TODAY | December 14, 2013
>>> if you were watching our coverage of nelson mandela 's memorial service earlier this week on nbc, you may have caught lester using a microphone that might be slightly unusual to a lot of folks and it caught the attention of one jon stewart on "the daily show ." take a look.
>> in south africa , it was the memorial ceremony for nelson mandela . it was joyful at times. there was singing, there was dancing and there was lester holt apparently reporting from the 1940s . no one has the heart to tell him, he was actually just speaking into a judge's gavel. rookie mistake!
>> rookie mistake!
>> all i was trying to do is distract people away from the sign language interpreter.
>> very nice.
>> that is what we call a lip mike. we use it normally off air to record audio in a noisy situation. that little thing there.
>> kind of blocks out the noise.
>> the problem, the lip mike combined with the walkman headset from 1981 .
>> i think from the neck up.
>> it was a look. it was a look.
>> yes, it was. there was a lot of twitter traffic on it.
>> whatever it takes to generate a little buzz for the show, lester, we are happy