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08 September 2008

I'd just like to assure VMA loving Americans that Russell Brand is indeed famous in the UK. And if you're part of the management team that decided upon using him as a host, and you're suprised that his act seemed to dwell on sex and politics, then maybe you should have done a bit of homework before hiring a self-confessed revolutionary and sex addict.
i don't give an alien butt hair about MTV but i wanted to see it, in part for him.
i miss my Viacom channels and lost E/VH1 marathons.
posted by ethylene 08 September | 02:09
I just want to know what he said about R Kelly. The internet currently states it as unprintable.
posted by seanyboy 08 September | 02:18
I expect that clips will be on (and systematically removed from) youtube tomorrow.
posted by Ardiril 08 September | 02:48
I would like to see a fight to the death (preferably of both) between him and Jamie Oliver, two of the biggest embarrassments ever to come out of Essex.
posted by essexjan 08 September | 05:55
I only saw his opening monologue but it didn't seem to go very well. The audience seemed to be dead silent for most of it, especially for the Jonas Bros. part.
posted by octothorpe 08 September | 06:19
He was kinda funny in Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
posted by mullacc 08 September | 07:00
I haven't seen the VMAs 'cause I don't think MTV Canada aired it... but I do want to say I 've had my first celebrity crush in... I can't remember how long? since seeing him in Forgetting Sarah Marshall. It's only gotten worse since reading interviews with him in the lead-up to the VMAs, because he's hilarious and because it was so clear the audience was going to totally not dig him at all. I really like him, and I think I like him even more for that.

Is it just me, or were the VMAs particularly... um... Teen Choice Awards-y? Like I said, I didn't watch, but I have read a few articles this morning that talked all about the very prominent display of "purity rings" and such. Maybe it's just that I wasn't aware of this phenomenon of chaste celebrities, but it sounds like the tone of the show was like, the opposite of fun. (Unless your idea of fun is talking about how Jesus wants us to be pure until marriage.)

I dunno. Life is too short and sex is too fun for all that seriousness.
posted by loiseau 08 September | 07:35
I could care less if he is funny and famous in the UK. What I do care about is if he is funny and, I'm sorry, but 90% of his jokes were utter crap, boring, lame, and old.

Which, all in all, is pretty much how the VMA's were too. So at least the host fit with the show.
posted by stynxno 08 September | 08:33
I don't think there are any VMA-loving Americans, are there?

That said, if this hasn't aired yet, I may check it out... anybody who pisses off MTV is worth a look, to me.
posted by BoringPostcards 08 September | 09:02
I watched a good chunk of the VMAs, because I bought the hype that Britney was going to perform, but OF COURSE she didn't. I thought the whole show was a mess- the space had too many empty spaces that the camera couldn't hide, most of the performances I watched were too loud for the vocalist to be heard, and Russell Brand's humor was clearly going flat in house. But I've never enjoyed the VMAs, so I'm not sure what I expected.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 09:07
For maximum positive effect, Russell Brand needs Noel Fielding in the immediate vicinity.
posted by Wolfdog 08 September | 09:08
I tuned in for about 5 minutes—just long enough to see Paris Hilton flub an award presentation (i.e. opportunity to shill her new reality show) by looking into the wrong camera/teleprompter, and then awkwardly congratulate a bored-looking Britney Spears who delivered a bland, perfunctory thank you speech to an even more bored-looking audience. The whole production had the look and feel of a Disney Channel concert, only with more black people and less crowd enthusiasm. This Russell Brand fellow never stood a chance in that air conditioned nightmare. (For what its worth, he's struck me as very funny the few times I've seen him on late night talk shows and such.)
posted by Atom Eyes 08 September | 10:41
Didn't watch the awards and he didn't really impress me in the stuff I have seen of him. But damn, can someone please hold him down and shave his head? That is some seriously unfortunate hair.
posted by King of Prontopia 08 September | 10:45
RE: Russell Brand
Would hit it.

Though I honestly don't find him *that* funny (I prefer Noel Fielding).
posted by kkokkodalk 08 September | 10:53
Hey wait, what did Britney end up doing there? Anything interesting?
posted by loiseau 08 September | 11:13
Chuckdarwin posted this over on MeFi, there's a video down the page showing a bit of Brand's monologue (starts around 1:10).

"Some people, I think they're called racists, say America is not ready for a black president," he said.
"But I know America to be a forward-thinking country because otherwise why would you have let that retarded cowboy fella be president for eight years.
"We were very impressed. We thought it was nice of you to let him have a go, because, in England, he wouldn't be trusted with a pair of scissors."
posted by doctor_negative 08 September | 11:15
Hey wait, what did Britney end up doing there? Anything interesting?

No, nothing interesting. For the opening, she did this lame pre-recorded skit with Jonah Hill, then she came out and said 3 setences holding the mic so it covered half of her face, then she sat it her chair and won 3 pity awards over the course of the night.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 11:23
It's weird to me that she won awards -- I wasn't aware she had recorded or released anything recently. The last I even heard of her was the VMA performance/fiasco last year.
posted by loiseau 08 September | 12:08
How can MTV have Music Video Awards when they don't play music videos anymore?
posted by jonmc 08 September | 12:12
She won her awards for the video for "Piece of Me", which premiered in December 2007. It's not even that great of a video!

And yes, jonmc, you have a valid point. They don't even show full videos on TRL anymore- just a little clip.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 12:14
That's the anime-style video, isn't it? I think I remember being fairly neutral on the song but liking the video (thought it could be better, but it was still good). Anyway, anything that goes beyond lame-ass quick-cut concert footage should be encouraged.
posted by Wolfdog 08 September | 12:27
That's the anime-style video, isn't it?

Nope, that was the video for the single after that, I think. Here's Piece of Me.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 08 September | 13:04
just a little clip -- I see the return of the 1:22 pop song.
posted by Ardiril 08 September | 13:04
MTV Canada actually isn't allowed to show videos... it's a long story involving the Canadian equivalent of the FTC, but it's not licensed as a music channel.

Much Music plays videos, though, and they have a bunch of offshoots for metal, hiphop and so forth that show videos.
posted by loiseau 08 September | 13:07
Nope, that was the video for the single after that, I think. Here's Piece of Me.
Gwurgh, I do not like the production on that song. No sir, not one bit. Oh, man.
posted by Wolfdog 08 September | 16:51
I mean really.
posted by Wolfdog 08 September | 16:52
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