Weird Al Super Bowl Halftime Performer? It Could Happen
After more than 30 years of putting own personal brand of parodying on some of music’s biggest hits, Weird Al Yankovic scored his first ever Billboard No. 1 album last month, with the release of his comedy disc Mandatory Fun.
If you ask longtime fans of the comedian, the long-awaited distinction should be enough to earn Yankovic a place on his largest platform yet: The Super Bowl Halftime Show.
More than 5,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to get the satirical singer the coveted gig — which would see Al following in the footsteps of pop icons like Prince, Madonna and Bruce Springsteen. The “Bring Weird Al to the Super Bowl” campaign is the brainchild of Ed Ball, a Washington State resident who says he’s surprised by how quickly an idea he “drunkenly submitted” has gained support across the Web.
Addressed to NFL officials, the petition reads:
“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show. would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and quality of the show business we have come to love and respect out of this prestigious event. The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”
Al recently noted that he may be done with the traditional album release format, telling The Associated Press:
“I hate to draw lines in the sand and say this is absolutely the last album, but it sure looks that way. It’s the end of my record deal. I’ve been under contract since 1982 and I just kind of feel like, especially with the kind of music that I do, the album format isn’t the best way to deliver that music… I’m going to try to jump on new hits and new trends as soon as I can (with singles) and try to be a little bit more competitive with everybody else in the world on YouTube.”