In one of the stranger moments of the Primetime Emmy Awards, host Seth Meyers and Andy Samberg took the stage to introduce parody artist “Weird Al” Yankovic, who created a medley of TV theme songs with added lyrics.
With a large group of dancers behind him, Yankovic riffed off the theme songs for “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” “Homeland,” “Modern Family” and “Game of Thrones,” giving each lyrics that describe the show’s plot. He played off of Kerry Washington’s “Scandal” relationship, singing, “It’s not because she’s cold, it’s because she just loves the president,” while also ruminating about “Modern Family’s” appeal by mentioning, “a couple of gay guys.”
The sequence ended with a dancer in the audience providing “Game of Thrones” writer George R.R. Martin with a typewriter as Yankovic told him to, “type as fast as you can.” Samberg followed up the performance with a humorous impersonation of King Joffrey while Lena Headey was presenting the night’s next award.
Yankovic recently emerged after decades away from the limelight to promote his 14th studio album “Mandatory Fun.” He released new music videos for eight consecutive days, an act that earned him his first chart-topping spot on the Billboard 200, the first time a comedy artist had done so in over 50 years.
Despite his recent Internet attention, many viewers opined that the Emmys act was too silly.
Variety’s Brian Lowry commented that by the time Yankovic took the stage of the already diminishing night, “there was a strong sense that no amount of electricity thereafter could reanimate the body.”