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‘Reno 911’ invades the Oscars

Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash strike a pose on stage. (Mark J. Terrill/AP)

On “Reno,” Faxon played a recurring character who dresses up as a milkshake and Rash (most recently known for playing the dean of students on the NBC sitcom “Community”) regularly appeared as Andrew, the jibber-jabbering prostitution entrepreneur.

Sunday night’s telecast was a regular “Reno” reunion: Wendi McLendon-Covey, who played the bosomy Deputy Clementine Johnson for six seasons, presented the short-film awards with her “Bridesmaids”co-stars, which included Groundlings alumnae Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig (who, as co-writer for the screenplay, became the seventh “Saturday Night Live” cast member to lose an Oscar during or after a run with the show; she joins Joan Cusack, Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Michael McKean, Eddie Murphy and Robert Downey Jr.).

Watch the Oscar-winning milkshake man do his thing here (warning: adult language!):

More on the 2012 Academy Awards:

‘The Artist’ wins best picture; Streep takes home third career Oscar

TV review: Oscar’s wishful thinking

Academy Award winners 2012: Full list led by “The Artist.”

Jim Rash on his Angelina Jolie leg move: ‘It was just an impulse

Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at Oscars as ‘Dictator’ character

Stacy Keibler: Her first Oscar ceremony with Clooney

Uggie attends the Oscars

The Oscars were boring. The #fakeoscars were not.

View Photo Gallery: Highlights from the 84th annual Academy Awards.
Dan Zak is a feature writer and general assignment reporter based in the Style section. He joined the Post in 2005, after stints as an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a city-desk reporter and obituary writer at The Buffalo News.



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