The VMAs are coming up this weekend, and the Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy The Interview is coming out this December, and to cross-promote both events, MTV staged a special episode of the fictional Interview program, featuring Franco as the show’s host, Dave Skylark, Rogen as his useless, hapless producer, and VMA nominees Jason Derulo, Iggy Azalea, and Nicki Minaj as Skylark’s terrorized guests. (It also features a smaller but still notable performance from Ben Schwartz — aka Parks And Rec’s immortal Jean Ralphio — as a crew member.) It’s basically a 20-minute commercial for two things that probably don’t need any additional exposure, but goddamn it’s pretty funny. My favorite part is when the Interview crew assaults Azalea with a barrage of Australian paraphernalia: a stuffed kangaroo, a boomerang, a didgeridoo … If you have 20 minutes to kill, you should watch it, because it’s really good. Stereogum friend Joe Mande, who is a writer on these MTV award shows, is in there, too. Check it out.
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