If you want to see Beavis and Butt-Head, you can watch their MTV series or see their movie, Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (airing this month on IFC). But what if that’s not enough for you? Good news, glutton! Beavis and Butt-Head made a handful of appearances outside their own universe. And we’ve got the videos and other fun stuff to prove it.
1. Late Show with David Letterman
Promoting their movie in December of 1996, Beavis and Butt-Head make it to network television. Folks in the studio may have just seen Dave speak to empty chairs, but through TV magic, viewers saw all three animated characters with big heads. Fun fact: Who had to follow Beavis and Butt-Head that night? Entertainment legend Neil Diamond.
Think Beavis and Butt-Head Do America was the duo’s film debut? Think again. Two years earlier, the guys called in to a radio show in the heavy metal comedy Airheads, where Joe Mantegna accurately called them “dipshits.” It wouldn’t be the first or last time someone used that phrase in relation to the dimwitted duo.
3. Beavis and Butt-Head Do Thanksgiving
It’s Thanksgiving in 1997 and you’re stuck with your relatives. How to break up the monotony of football and embarrassing uncles? Switch from the game to MTV, where Kurt Loder is live with Beavis and Butt-Head. Opening with live coverage of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the special segued into videos, interviews with Marilyn Manson, and of course B&B’s thoughts on turkey. In the words of our heroes, “God is great, God is good…and we thank him for our morning wood.” Amen, and praise be to The Great Cornholio.
4. Saturday Night Live TV Funhouse
What did Secretary of State Colin Powell think of the audience at an MTV town hall in 2002? According to the “Fun With Real Audio” segment on SNL‘s TV Funhouse, he saw them as two very familiar dumbasses. Though to be fair, bombs are cool.
5. MTV Video Music Awards
Beavis and Butt-Head were loyal to their cable channel, making multiple appearances on the VMAs. Among the more notable happened during the 1997 show in a running bit where the guys hold a press conference under the Brooklyn Bridge. And of course, Kurt Loder was there.
6. The Academy Awards
The VMAs are nice and all, but Beavis and Butt-Head made it to the big time with their appearance on the 69th Academy Awards. Sure, they were just there to present the Oscar for Outstanding Sound Effects Editing, but it’s a moment that Bruce Stambler will never forget.
7. Beavis and Butt-Head Comics
If you wish B&B would comment on other media, you’re in luck. The good folks at Marvel Comics gave the boys their own comic book in which they made fun of… Marvel Comics. The 28 issues were published from 1994 to 1996 and featured the boys reading comics instead of watching music videos, which led to such insights as “Punisher kicks ass.”
8. Scratch And Sniff Trading Cards
Not to be outdone in the paper-based collectibles department, Fleer released a set of Beavis and Butt-Head trading cards in 1994. In addition to the 150 regular cards in the set, collectors could chase a 10-card limited edition offering, with a unique and questionable “Sniffivation” feature –- finally, you could know what Beavis and Butt-Head smelled like.
9. Love Rollercoaster Music Video
The duo teamed up with the Red Hot Chili Peppers for this animated music video from the Beavis and Butt-Head Do America soundtrack. If you’ve ever wondered what Flea would look like in animated form, this is the video for you.
10. Beavis and Butt-Head Meet Cher
The 1993 album The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience featured head-banging tracks from artists like Nirvana and Megadeth interspersed with commentary from the boys. They also performed a duet with Cher, which led to the above music video which is strange even by ’90s Cher standards.