The first music video issued from "Weird Al" Yankovic's upcoming Mandatory Fun album is a "Tacky" parody of the Pharrell Williams smash "Happy" that finds the parodist and his comedian friends strutting their stuff with the tackiest dance moves imaginable.
Nerdist.com has the premiere of the video. "It might seem crazy wearing stripes with plaid," Yankovic sings as the clip begins. Just like with Pharrell's video, the camera follows the singer as he walks around, waving his arms in spastic dance moves.
One by one, comic actors Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, and Kristen Schaal enter the picture and lip synch Weird Al's words while wearing outfits they normally wouldn't be caught dead in.
The tackiest cameo comes at the end, when a fannypack-wearing Jack Black throws himself completely into the ridiculous dance. Leave it Jack Black to put on an over-the-top shameless display that ends up stealing the show.
The lyrics reveal the various ways in which Yankovic's character exhibits tacky behavior. Among them: "I Instagram every meal I've had," "All the used liquor bottles are on display," "Got my new resume / It's printed in Comic Sans," "Think it's fun threatening waiters with a bad Yelp review," and "Practice my twerking moves in line at the DMV."
The clip was shot at the Palace Theatre in L.A. in one continuous take. "Tacky" is the first release in Yankovic's #8videos8days project, which will see the release of a new video every day over the next week as the parodist promotes his latest full album.
Mandatory Fun, featuring parodies of Iggy Azalea, Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons and Lorde, hits retailers on July 15. It will be the follow-up to 2011's Alpocalypse, which debuted at #9 to become the highest-charting album of Yankovic's four-decade career.
“Weird Al” recently told NPR that he has no plans to give up the funny business anytime soon. “If you had asked me 30 years ago if I'd still be doing it today, I'd say that's pretty unlikely,” he reveals. “But I love doing this. I can't imagine a job I'd rather have. I love comedy, I love music. I'm sure people will let me know when it's time to hang up the accordion and call it quits, but it's a lot of fun for me still, and as long as people don't mind, I'll keep doing it."
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