There have been a number of MTV VMA retrospectives this past week since the 2017 installment of the award show is set to air tonight (August 27), and we thought we’d look back at the greatest opening moment from the show’s history.

Long before the Internet spoiled everything, Paul Reubens (aka: Pee-Wee Herman) made a surprise appearance by opening the show, his first public appearance after being arrested for masturbating in an adult theater just two months prior.

…And then, he dropped the line of lines.

Coincidently, today is also Reubens’ birthday.  We couldn’t have planned the timing better if we tried!


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.