Everywhere we looked Friday night was a mind explosion. The surreality of the scene at MTV studios was best captured by Aziz and Fred Armisen squaring off in a Guitar Hero challenge — using the Times Square big screen as their personal Xbox monitor. (Aziz’s excuse for missing notes: “There’s a delay on the jumbotron!”) Or maybe it was by seeing the National play “Mistaken For Strangers” with a ginormous glamour shot of Ashlee’s reconstructed nose looming over Matt’s shoulder? The Human Giant troupe took over MTV and MTV2 for 24 hours — ostensibly to earn a second season for their sketch show, actually to bring the network a full day of some laughs, unpredictability, good music, and Aphex Twin’s “Come To Daddy” beaming perversely over 44th and Broadway. One comedian’s dream was 322 little girls’ Times Square nightmare.
We got up to the studios shortly after John Krasinksi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, and Rob Riggle had their hilarious hostage stand-off, but managed to catch plenty of insanity (and watch a fleet of young comics bow at Bob Odenkirk’s feet) before leaving at 6AM. Riggle’s wand-toting, camera-mugging security guard character (Cliff Carver) was a reliable go-to for laughs in the wee hours (so was Nick Kroll as the gay, Rob Huebel-crushing/Paul Scheer hating/”Aziz Aziz”-calling craft services coordinator Fabrice Fabrice, and as Paul’s Turkeytini quaffing uncle). The only band we got to enjoy was the National (check out the vid of “Mistaken For Strangers” and “Apartment Story” — mislabeled, yes … blame the interns). Also saw Morningwood, but they don’t really count.
We’ve pulled for Aziz from the start; remember our Aziz Punched A Wall contest? He’s come a long way, desi. All this couldn’t happen to a better group of guys. (Paul’s really nice too! Rob … we haven’t met.) So the show gets a well deserved second season, and hopefully a second 24 hour marathon next time their heads are on the Viacom chopping block. For at least a day, we forgot the abomination of MTV’s current roster of programming via some good old fashioned fun and lots and lots of red bull. Though, Aziz, we’d totally watch Pregnant’d.
Vid highlights from the night here. Lots and lots of pics of the National and other very funny people after the jump. (Live MP3s and a similarly dismissive attitude re: Morningwood at Culture Bully.)
LOOK HARD AND SEE MICHAEL SHOWALTER
SNL’S FRED ARMISEN AND BILL HADER
SCHEER GETS SOME MORNINGWOOD
AZIZ AND ARMISEN’S TIMES SQUARE GUITAR HERO CHALLENGE
“HAPPY NEW DAY”
MORNINGWOOD COLDCOCKS AVRIL
THE DRUNK PINE TREE
CLIFF CARVER: WASTED
PAUL & SELF-PORTRAIT
ANDY SAMBERG & JORMA (& ASS COOKIE)
WEB CAM GIRL
FABRICE FABRICE AND CRACKED OUT
HUMAN GIANT GROUPIES IN TIMES SQUARE AT 4AM
They were for real. We asked.