By: Scott RossPublished: September 9, 2022


On September 9, 1992, the MTV Video Music Awards took place at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles. SNL's Dana Carvey was the host and the big winners that night were Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Van Hagar, and U2.

When it came time to present the award for Best Metal/Hard Rock Video, Luke Perry of Beverly Hills, 90210 fame came out to the podium, leaned into the mic and announced "I would like to introduce my co-presenter, because no one else had the balls to show up and do it. So! From a land far away, and long, long ago, it's a bird! It's a plane! It's a really bad smell! Ladies and gentlemen--Fartman!"

With that, Perry turned his eyes upward and to his right to watch as a lone figure came down from on high, a tall, hirsute man in a black winged gloves and boots, an exposed midriff, a massive codpiece strapped over his tights, and a brightly lit F on his chest. It was none other than Howard Stern dressed as the flatulent hero who had sprung from the pages of National Lampoon in 1979 and a persona which Stern had adopted for his insanely popular radio program.

As he reached the stage, it became clear that his tights had two massive holes cut out to expose his butt cheeks. Stern turned his back to the camera and asked "Is the camera getting a good shot of my beautiful ass?" This nonsense went on for another two minutes before Fartman and Perry finally got down to the business of running down the nominees and announcing the winner--it was Metallica for their song "Enter Sandman", by the way.

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