Jo Calderone Proves Lady Gaga’s Tony Clifton At Video Music Awards


Lady Gaga flipped the script on those who speculated as to what she’d wear to the 2011 Video Music Awards by spending the entire show in character as Jo Calderone and making a case that when one is expected to wear something particularly outlandish, the most surprising choice is to dress down (albeit in drag). Adopting an accent reminiscent of VMA-infamous Andrew Dice Clay, “Calderone” monologued at length (Kanye, eat your heart out) prior to “his” performance of “Yoü and I.” When she wasn’t laying it on a little too thick (“And then the guys—meaning me; I’m one of the guys“) she was alternately self-aggrandizing and self-mocking, describing a Gaga who wears her heels in the bathtub and never breaks character except at orgasm.

After three and a half minutes, she launched into her performance of “Yoü and I,” first solo at the piano, then at the head of an all-male crew of backup dancers, with Brian May playing guitar behind a pillar until Gaga introduced him for his solo, to the absolute delight of Dave Grohl (to whom the cameras cut away as he grinned and pumped his fists in the air).

“Calderone” got a bit more confrontational when presenting Britney Spears with the Video Vanguard Award. After claiming to have masturbated to posters of Britney in her introduction, she moved in for a kiss, which Britney considered, then declined, remarking, “I’ve done that already.” Maybe Jo had whiskey-breath; cutaways to the audience showed Gaga, glass in hand, all night.

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  1. Kev says:

    Yep, it finally happened. She’s out of ideas.

  2. Melissa Wike says:


  3. maddie says:

    lady gaga i love u but that was a little werid but i still love u and i hope i can be like u 1 day likie really pretty like u r and really talented like u r my faveorite 3 songs bye u r born this way and the edge of gorly and ur new song but im not 2 sure wats it called yet

    and always maddie <3

  4. MoodyBlue says:

    Lady GaGa, Wow! I absolutley love you girl! Your performance was like Ralph Macchio, Andrew Dice Clay, & Cher (Walking In Memphis) all in one. It was brilliant! You certainly showed a side of you that had me in jaw dropping awww. I have gained a completley new perspective of you & it was enlightinging. Way Ta Go!!!!!!

  5. Nikki says:

    You know it’s good when it freaks out people. Amazing mannerisms – just like a guy.

  6. Carl says:

    Yeah, it’s impressive. Impressive in it’s drooling, sneering, ugly greaseball cliche of a male yobbo. I kept expecting it to spit or drool on it’s shirt after doing the ball/weenus adjustment in it’s pants. No wonder Brittany didn’t want to put her lips on that greasy nasty thing…

  7. Carl from "Chi"> says:

    YO JOE!! Good Move–Wrong Girl!! K.P. wishes it was HER!!!

  8. pete says:

    Joe Calderone looks like an Andrew Dice Clay ripoff

  9. robert ot says:

    yawn! wow it happened with in 1-2 years compared to brittney and what i mean is fading away to doing the county fair circuit

  10. gagalover says:

    i lovelovelove gaga, but i’m old enough to remember when Annie Lennox of Eurythmics did almost this EXACT same alter ego with the black ducktail hair at the 1984 Grammys.

  11. Eva says:

    I’m sick of this person. I see and hear so much of her she’s burned me out. GaGa give it a rest already. VH1 Blog you getting a percentage of her to put her name constantly on this site? One more time and I’m not reading anymore.

  12. catina says:

    God she is so ugly and pitiful LOL

  13. Miriam E. Lopez says:

    I love you Gaga

  14. sandi says:

    i loved this performance of her it was great lady gaga always has style and a flare

  15. george says:

    love it .made my day \\\.go gaga we love you

  16. heidi says:

    Ran out of ideas, trying too hard,she looked dirty and gross,no wonder brittney didn’t want to kiss her.Euww!Especially imagining her touching herself looking like that guy …I wanted to gag and I had to turn the channel till she stopped talking dumb.

  17. keiran says:

    gagas so crazy lol i luv her