Last night’s MTV Movie Awards were weird, because much of the two-hour paid advertisement for upcoming blockbusters (like the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds rom com The Proposal. JK.) was ACTUALLY FUNNY. (And we just knew KEYBOARD CAT was gonna show up.) I actually felt like I was watching it because I wanted to and not just out of some lame desire to keep abreast of what the kids are doing. But that said, it seems unlikely that the kids themselves — the actual coveted youth demographic, had any idea what was going on. They were probably just like “Twilight! Kiss, Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, kiss!” Here’s video of the six funniest moments, (I can’t believe there were six!), with more in the photo gallery.

6. Bruno puts his butt in Eminem’s face; Eminem stomps off. This was clearly set up beforehand, but it’s fun to pretend it wasn’t:

5. Andy Samberg’s Twilight: New Moon spoof:

4. The Show Opener starring Andy Samberg and Justin Timberlake. I wasn’t aware that The Reader was so big with the MTV audience:

3. LeeAnn Rimes, Chris Isaak (!) and Forest Whitaker do a medley of Lonely Island/Andy Samberg songs:

2. Cool Guys Don’t Look At Explosions. So true:

1. Kristen Stewart Drops Her Moon Man Popcorn Thing:

Oops, I think we have to kind of like her now. Damn!

Comments (47)
  1. I’d correct you on it not being a moonman, but I don’t really care.

  2. I was at a meme costume party last night, and right before we left someone @’d me on twitter that keyboard cat made her appearance on the MTV Movie Awards, so I checked the DVR and got it on my flip video to show people at the party. Video of that. (The cat is a girl)

    • sole  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 -46

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    • Congratulations, Brad, on the enduring success of Keyboard Cat. 2 Questions which you may have already answered a thousand times: Question the first – Do you have an actual relationship with Keyboard Cat (was this filmed by you or someone you know, or is it found footage)? You don’t have to answer that one if you think it will ruin the mystique. 2. Have you found any way to capitalize off of this? Dare I suggest a Keyboard Cat thermos/lunchbox?

      • I had a feeling my first comment would get thumbed down (and also this one) but there’s like two commenters on videogum I thought would appreciate it. Anyway: The cat video was filmed before I was born by Charlie Schmidt and was called “Cool Cat Playing the Keys.” I just repurposed it as a visual fail tag and gave it the “Play Him Off, Keyboard Cat” title. BUT ALSO, after about a month of inactivity I noticed a light spike in traffic and backlinks from forums, and a handful of parodies. It had about 40k views. So I tracked down Charlie Schmidt and got his permission to place ads on the video (I specifically told him it was likely to become a meme, and that I’d link to his site to drive a lot of traffic to him). Then I bugged a YouTube editor friend of mine for a few weeks until he featured it. Which got it up to about 100k views, then it was cold for a few weeks, then the parodies and press hit critical mass and it started getting around 40k views a day. My original video has like 1.6 million views right now and I’ve made a couple hundred bucks off of it so far. But someone just contacted me on Friday about licensed merch which I’d split with Charlie. (Sorry I’m using the comments as keyboardcatgum)

    • Eli  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 -36

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    • wow, i have no idea what anything you just said means.

  3. I think the Twilight kids were my favorite part, they so didn’t want to be there. It made me wonder if they were got roped into a low-paying contract that included them for all three (five? seven? how many books?) movies and didn’t realize it would blow up. They didn’t seem too happy about their situation at all. Especially Kristen Stewart! I like when her and Edward (what’s his name?) won for best kiss, and the hosts knew his name off the top of their heads, and then paused, leaned into the note card, and read her name awkwardly, and she kind of threw her hands in the air. She was great. I want to be friends with her. But I don’t want to see Twilight.

    • The guy gets middle-aged moms asking him to bite their necks. You know that, minus the money, they hate their lives.

  4. When Roger Ebert defended calling the line about money from Mamet’s Heist — “Everybody needs money! That’s why they call it money!” — one of the funniest ever written (and I’d agree), he quoted Louis Armstrong as saying, “There are some folks that, if they don’t know, you can’t tell ‘em.”

    So, is that would Roger Ebert would quote to me about keyboard cat?

  5. subtle funny moment: Andy Samberg holding up ‘Stop Fast Forwarding’ sign for all the Tivoers.

    • Kelly  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 +23

      That AND when Miley Cyrus said (like it was all cool) *Andy-I’m on a boat!!!!* and then it cuts to Andy and he looks all serious and says *Thanks Miley*.

      • Liam  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 +10

        Uggh, Miley Montana or whatever the fuck her name is, her speech made me feel a.) extremely sorry for whoever has to home school her, and b.) 856 years old

  6. carl  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 +2

    Haha, suckers, I already kind of liked Kristen Stewart!

  7. I wish Kiv and Jorm could have had a bigger part.

  8. Lindsay, you have the lowest criteria for kind-of liking someone I’ve ever seen.

  9. Honestly, my favorite part was Kiefer’s “breakdown” during the Ben Stiller award. When he said “Don’t let go,” I almost lost it.

  10. I rolled my eyes at Jim Carey, but I do agree that if we treated pigs better there would be no Swine Flu.

  11. leah  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 +17

    the true gold in that first clip is Zac Efron’s (very real) panic/confusion as to whether or not he should be going up on stage.

  12. ADAM Samberg? Really?

    Also, how come you didn’t post the opening “put your hands in the air!” bit? That was the funniest of the night for me. Jonah Hill’s face. Fred Armisen’s intervention. Classic.

  13. Andy  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 -18

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  14. Emoily  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 +21

    I liked it when Adam Sandwich said “Welcome back to the big commercial” — priceless.

  15. jj abrams on keyboards? the best.

  16. YJ  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 0

    muthafukka says whaa?
    JJ Abrams rocks that shit!
    …words I never thought I would have cause to use.

    • Well, you really didn’t have any cause whatsoever to use those words, but trooper that you are, you invented a situation to use them. Good for you.

  17. Eeeeehhh… it’s not that I didn’t enjoy the clips, but I have to concur with Gabe in that I am a 46-year-old man. Those crazy kids….

  18. susanne  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 -13

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  19. Mark Wahlberg is wearing a hat! I freakin’ loved that sketch.

  20. I finally understand Keyboard Cat.

  21. Am I the only one who thought the JJ Abrams keyboard solo was awesome?

  22. Maybe I’m as old as Gabe, but I found most of this show to be fuckong painful. There were funny parts, but it was trying SO hard. Also, they should have just let the Lonely Island guys do the songs. The actual music is half what makes them good.

    Also, the show made me realize how much I hate Twilight. It’s a lot.

    Okay, I’ll end my rant. I just feel weird that I seem to be the only one who still wants the Mtv awards to die. Maybe even a bit more.

    ( I know, I know: relax technojeremy)

    • leah  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 +2

      My younger sibling and his friends watch Mtv like it’s their job (hey, it’s your grandma, making jokes) and they think it’s just perfect. I, being at 24 and one half years of age, I am just out of that 18-24 demographic they pander to… and after watching the above clips, feel more than okay with being Too Old for Mtv.

  23. Josh  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 -1

    She was really great in ADVENTURELAND.

  24. Ally  |   Posted on Jun 1st, 2009 -13

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  25. Someone needs to cut a video of Kristen Stewart dropping her award with Keyboard Cat.

  26. i’m really into naked-Andy-Samberg… Sure, he’s a bit pastier and more doughy that I had anticipated, but that’s like the prize at the bottom of the crackerjack box.

  27. I’ve never found J. J. Abrams to be particularly sexy, but after that keyboard solo I’m riding the “do me” train all that way to Abrams Town.

  28. (802): that speech was about as successful as her performance in twilight

  29. the best part about being away for a few weeks and trying to view this post, is the fact that none of the videos work anymore, but all of the ads for transformers that they play first still do.

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