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Stiller tweaks Academy with Oscar presenter spoof

No stranger to skewering the self-importance of Hollywood, Ben Stiller showed up as an Oscar presenter Sunday night in a parody of Joaquin Phoenix’s recent and bizarre guest spot on The Late Show with Dave Letterman — in all his bushy-bearded, granny-sunglassed, mumbling glory.

Appearing with Stiller was Natalie Portman who feigned annoyance at Ben’s antics,  at one point exclaiming, “This is ridiculous– you’re chewing gum at the Oscars!” Following which, Stiller removed the gum and stuck it to the lectern. She then prompted him for “his turn” — which he read in stilted awkwardness, to the glee of attendees.

A partial transcript, for those who missed it, with video following:

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