Catfish parodies itself: surprisingly awesome thanks to the celebrity catfish

I didn’t think it’d be possible to top Adam Levine’s parody of MTV’s Catfish, but that’s exactly what has happened–and the parody comes from Catfish itself. Nev Schulman, Max Joseph, MTV News’ Josh Horowitz, and several celebrities parodied the show in this segment, an edited version of which aired before the MTV Movie Awards.

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How great is that? It’s in part because of Max’s willingness to let himself be mocked, but mostly because of Mark Wahlberg, who plays this flawlessly from the moment the door opens, especially his mocking of Max: “Who is this fucking dude?” Anna Kendrick and Joe Manganiello are also funny, but Wahlberg sells it: “I’m the catfish fucking king, man,” he says. “Catfish makes me happy.”

Catfish doesn’t always make me happy–it cast in reverse and thus deceived viewers–but this parody really does.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.