The setting was the STV studio in Glasgow where Nicola Sturgeon and Michael Moore went head to head in the first live TV debate of the referendum campaign.
The Ukip leader's antics were a hard act to follow but the Scotland Tonight production team should not feel too disconsolate. Ultimately their debate on the economics of independence was of greater significance to Scotland's future than the question of whether Mr Farage's party has the organisational capacity to stage a press conference in a pub (it hasn't, if you were still in any doubt).
The First Minister said Scotland could "do without Ukip" as an angry street demonstration against the party sparked a major political row yesterday.
Mr Farage was at the centre of chaotic and occasionally comical scenes on Thursday when a press conference in a Royal Mile pub was hijacked by protesters who included the Radical Independence Campaign, a loose coalition of left-wing nationalists.
Answering Mr Farage's challenge to condemn the actions of pro-independence protesters who barracked him inside an Edinburgh pub, Mr Salmond said: "We can frankly do without Ukip who dislike everybody and know absolutely nothing about Scotland."
He described Mr Farage as "someone who is out-with the context of normal politics".
Earlier in the day Mr Farage had likened parts of the independence campaign to fascism after being rescued by police when he was mobbed by rowdy protesters shouting "racist Nazi scum".