Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Get Back Together for Emmys Spoof With Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Aug. 19 2014 5:30 PM

Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite for Emmys Spoof With Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Cranston Paul and Louis-Dreyfus

In a bid to get you to watch the Emmys next Monday, the awards show has managed to assemble a few of everyone’s favorite nominees for a short comedy sketch. In the spoof of a pawn shop reality show, Julia Louis-Dreyfus attempts to pawn one of her four Emmy Awards (she won one for Seinfeld, one for The New Adventures of Old Christine, and two for Veep) to pawn shop clerks played by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul. The negotiations eventually lead to Louis-Dreyfus’ discovery of the illicit business the pair is running out of the back of the shop, and it’s not the one you might expect.

All three actors are up for awards on Monday—Louis-Dreyfus for lead actress in a comedy, and the Breaking Bad co-stars for lead (Cranston) and supporting (Paul) actor in a drama. The six-minute spoof is itself reminiscent of an awards show—star-studded, occasionally funny, and about twice as long as it needs to be—but it’s still nice to see Walt and Jesse back together again.

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