VIDEO: Ylvis’s 5-word Webby speech shines

Norwegian comedy duo Ylvis caused titters at the Webby 'Internet Oscars' on Tuesday night by accepting their award with particularly inventive version of the award's traditional five-word speech.

VIDEO: Ylvis's 5-word Webby speech shines
The Ylvisåker brothers at the Webby Awards. Photo: YouTube Screen Grab
The build-up to their award took a full three minutes, with cult comedian Reggie Watts calling up Stephen Malkmus, the lead singer of Pavement, the legendary US band, to present the duo their Webby award for Best Viral Video. 
Their YouTube sensation The Fox reached number six on the US's Billboard charts and has now been seen 412 million times on YouTube, putting it in the Top 30 videos in YouTube history. 
After Watts' mocked the duo for the frivolousness of their video, Bård and Vegard Ylvisåker bounced up on stage to collect the award. 
Once the cheers had died down, Bård Ylvisåker leaned into the microphone and made his speech (scroll forward to the last ten seconds to see the appearance).  

"We came for free food," he said slowly, as his elder brother Vegard waved the Webby with a big grin.  The two then bounced back off the stage and back to their table.  Their entire appearance took just ten seconds. 
According to the The Webby Awards' website, their "famous  '5-Word Speech'" keeps the celebrations "vibrant and exciting". 
Other notable speeches included,  "Lobsters pee from their faces," from People's Voice, "All the thanks that fit!" from the New York Times, and more soberly "Migrant workers are not slaves," from the Guardian newspaper.
And here, once again, is The Fox, in all its whimsical, Stargate-produced glory.

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GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway

How many artists have serenaded Norway in song? Richard Orange scours YouTube and Spotify to find ten great tracks, one of which is little more than an angry stream of obscenities.

GALLERY: Ten great songs about Norway
Norway popster Maya Vik from the video Oslo Knows. Photo: Screen grab/YouTube
Bruce Springsteen's longtime guitarist Steve Van Zandt, or 'Little Steven', is so captivated by Norway's music scene that he set up a record label just to sign up Norwegian bands.   So far he's signed up four, the most famous being the all-girl punk outfit Cocktail Slippers. 
"Who knows why but Scandinavia is the rock ’n’ roll capital of the modern world," he maintains. 
This month saw Oslo pop duo Nico & Vinz reach number four on the US charts, the second year in a row a Norwegian act has hit the Billboard top ten.  Last year, Ylvis's YouTube smash The Fox peaked at number six. 
But how has Norway gone down among international rock acts. Not always so well, judging by Half Man Half Biscuit's sweary diatribe, Stavanger Töestub (with its confusing Swedish accent), or by Velvet Underground founder John Cale's song about escaping the country, or indeed by Of Montreal's description of sleepless summer nights.
Norwegian bands, on the other hand, tend to dismiss Oslo as a small-town backwater.  Somehow, though, it all adds up to some pretty good music. 

LOOK AND LISTEN: Ten Great Songs about Norway