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.

Frankie leads Big Brother's parade of delusion

Frankie on Big Brother

Heading into the finale, the delusion continues, with a re-appearance by evicted Frankie.

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Shark Tank is getting a spin-off

Shark Tank

Companies that get deals on the show will be followed for this new spin-off.

Also: Before the show began, Shark Barbara Corcoran was cast and then replaced--but then she sent this amazing e-mail and won the job.

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