Okay, two things: 1), there's currently a serious movement to get novelty musician/world's favorite accordionist Weird Al Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl next year. And 2), when I first saw this photo of Weird Al dressed as an alternative singer/songwriter type, I legitimately thought it was Ryan Gosling's high school yearbook photo, which means either that Weird Al used to be kind of hot, or that I have a serious facial recognition deficit, and I can't decide which of these conclusions is more disturbing. 

Anyway, the campaign for Weird Al to perform at next year's halftime show began last weekend, when New York Daily News writer Julian Garcia wrote a column entitled, "Weird Al deserves a shot at Super stage." After complaining about Madonna's then-forthcoming appearance at the halftime show, Garcia wrote, "I'd like to see a true American icon invited to take part in the most iconic of American events: Weird Al Yankovic. Go ahead and laugh. That's what he wants you to do. And that's exactly what you will be doing at halftime of Super Bowl XVLII if I get my way." What then followed was a series of Facebook petitions and Patton Oswalt-led Twitter promotions for the #SuperAl hashtags aimed at bringing the "White and Nerdy" singer to the Superdome next year.

Eleven months before the next Super Bowl on Feb. 3, 2013, Garcia's campaign is already picking up steam; as of Friday morning, the Facebook petition to get Weird Al to perform at the halftime show has amassed more than 3,000 signatures, and a Google search for "Weird Al Super Bowl" yields more than 68,000 results. Which is great, 'cause who doesn't love Weird Al and all, but for the record, if you're going to try to get a beloved American novelty music act to New Orleans next February, you should probably go for Richard Cheese. Or that "What What (In the Butt)" guy. Or all three of them, together, 'cause if you're gonna dream, dream big. That's all I'm saying. 

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Commentarium (7 Comments)

Feb 11 12 - 10:12pm
djg

Weird Al is really widely known, and has a place in a lot of people's hearts. I'd love to see him do a superbowl show... I'd actually want to watch, which is more than I can say of most superbowl shows.

Check out Weird Al in a youtube clip- hilarious- search "Weird Al shreds". The man is a demon.

Feb 11 12 - 10:22pm
which lexinu

Weird Al puts on a fantastic show, possibly the single best concert I've ever been to. Seriously. People write him off as a comedic spoof, but the guy is borderline brilliant.

Feb 12 12 - 1:09am
MelancholyOwl

I fully support either Weird All or Richard Cheese.

Feb 12 12 - 10:49pm
HQ

Or Weird Al and Richard Cheese in a parody-off. That might actually get me to turn on the Superbowl... during halftime, anyway.

Feb 13 12 - 12:45am
JeffMills

If it came down to writing original parody lyrics, it would be no contest, but as far as actually making you laugh, I would give the nod to Dick Cheese.

Feb 12 12 - 11:40pm
Sean Morrow

This would be incredible, and would be great excuse to bring on as many guests as possible: the artists he's parodying could sing with him.
Side note: I have a signed photo of Weird Al for some reason, and it was hanging in the living room of my apartment. My roommate's girlfriend asked about it, and I said it came with the apartment. She believed me.

Feb 13 12 - 8:56pm
looks alynic

The obvious choice is Queen headed by Adam Lambert. A sham (the SB HT show) deserves to be mocked by a travesty.