“Weird Al” Yankovic is back and just as funny as ever. This time, the parody singer enlisted the help of stars like Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Jack Black and Kristen Schaal to mock the Pharrell Williams hit “Happy.” The video for Yankovic’s “Tacky” is already going viral.
“Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Tacky” music video premiered Monday on Nerdist. According to the website, the clip was filmed at the Palace Theater in Los Angeles, which was also used in the classic comedy The Big Lebowski.
As the song name implies, “Weird Al” Yankovic mocks all things tacky in his latest viral video, including people who twerk at the DMV, live tweet funerals, or use Comic Sans font. And, of course, Yankovic and the rest of the comedians lip-sync the lyrics while wearing the tackiest clothes possible, from socks and sandals to fanny packs.
Watch the music video for “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Tacky” below.
“Tacky” is the first single off of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s upcoming album, Mandatory Fun. The comedian will release eight video parodies from the record over the next eight days in celebration of the album’s Tuesday release.
“I wanted to make it an event,” Yankovic said of his album release. “Because what I do is comedy, it burns more quickly than a traditional album … I like the idea of every single one of my videos going viral for a day.”
Other songs on Mandatory Fun include “Word Crimes” (a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines”), “Handy,” (which mocks Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”), “Foil,” a takeoff on Lorde’s “Royals”), and “Inactive” (a spoof of Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive”). There is even a “NOW That’s What I Call Polka!” medley that features brief accordion parodies of everything from Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” to Psy’s “Gangnam Style.”
A few days before the release of his “Tacky” video, “Weird Al” Yankovic told NPR last week that Mandatory Fun might be his last “conventional” album. But thankfully, the comedian has no plans to retire anytime soon.
“I think that digital distribution is more the way for me to go: Putting out a single at a time, possibly two or three tracks or an EP,” Yankovic said before his “Tacky” video went viral. “I don’t know that putting out 12 songs at once in this day and age is the best way for me to get my music out there, because if I’m waiting that long, chances are a lot of the material is going to be somewhat dated by the time it comes out.”