‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s TV Parodies Add a Goofy Note to Emmy Awards

Weird Al Yankovic Emmy Awards performance
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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.”

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  1. Mary says:

    I’m a fan of Weird Al and think he is very talented, but his skit last night at the Emmy’s wasn’t funny at all and it was difficult to understand what he was saying half the time. Not the best moment for him unfortunately.

  2. Danny says:

    Weird Al’s bit put a nail in the Emmy’s ratings. That big sucking sound was his act followed by TV remotes clicking around the world and crickets.

  3. Jacques Strappe says:

    I generally find Weird Al weirdly amusing…just not this time. Could have just eliminated this altogether and replaced it with a retrospective on Sid Caesar’s funniest moments. Shame on the Emmy Awards for not highlight Caesar’s historic and very significant accomplishment to television comedy, in addition to the Robin Williams tribute by Billy Crystal.

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