It wasn't "funny" back then, but I found it mildly entertaining in that Fartman was a ridiculous stupid character, and was "ruining" MTV's self important night. In other words, it was something you didn't see on an awards show back then...the whole "ruin something while dressed in character" wasn't as mainstream as it is today.
While nobody ever claimed Howard was good looking, hid did have sort of a late 80s hair-metal/ 90s grunge rock look going.
Now he spends tons of money on plastic surgery, hairdressers, and stylists all to look like a douche.
I thought it was kind of in it's absurb context, in the same way one of the greatest grammy moments ever was odb. Also the mtv awards were actually taken somewhat seriously back in the early 90s and for alot of those groups, particularly metal, alternative, and hip hop, it was a far bigger deal than the grammy's
Never funny. But if you listened to Howard he'd go on for years about how that was comedy genius. Howard putting on his salesman's hat and doing what he does best - continuous selling and brainwashing (and the media) that what he does is groundbreaking and the best thing ever. I've always known he was full of shit and always thought he was unfunny. He does have a talent for interviewing when he's not getting sexual.
Even back then he could not stand to share the attention with others. The guys won an award and he couldn't even allow them to say their little speeches and thank you stuff. I never got the whole stupid idea of Fartman advertising his fake movie while it was Metallica's turn in the spotlight. Oh, and his ass makes me want to puke, as do the pecs on the costume. They look like chick breasts. How surprising from Ralph.
Personally, I never liked the fart humor on the show even when I thought the show was the greatest thing going. Fartman was never all that funny to me. But back in 1992, the MTV Fartman thing was pretty outrageous. Now it is tame and somewhat lame.
Cringe worthy. I think Howard was embarrassed himself about it.
“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." ~Frederic Bastiat