Fartman's Big Night (1992)
The superhero known as Fartman originated in the pages of the National Lampoon in the Seventies, but Stern made the character his own on his show beginning in 1981. Fartman truly hit the national stage at the 1992 Video Music Awards, when, after being introduced by Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry, Stern was lowered to the stage in a harness. He turned around to reveal his bare ass, blowing a gassy cloud directly onto the teen idol (a move that Perry reportedly refused to replicate in Stern's Private Parts movie). Stern stayed onstage to present Metallica with their first-ever VMA, and overshadowed the band's big moment by parading around behind them as they tried to give speeches. "Hey man, don't steal all the attention" Lars Ulrich said to Stern at one point. Reportedly, the band was seriously pissed, but eventually got over it to make several memorable appearances on the show. "There was such shock afterwards," Stern later remembered of his Fartman moment. "The reaction was the best part of it."