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Since the last topic was a little depressing, I'll go the other way with this one, kind like the guy who created the petition:

73,000 people have signed an online petition to have Weird Al Yankovic play the Super Bowl

Some days, the stories and headlines just write themselves.

On the back of his very, very popular return to music playlists this summer, one man is calling for mock-rock Weird Al Yankovic to play next year’s Super Bowl halftime show.

On his change.org online petition, organizer Ed Ball makes his case very clear:

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.

When the petition, which Thursday morning stood at 73,000 65,000 60,000 signatures, reached a modest 4,000 signatures, Ball admitted on the petition page that he’d first conceived of the campaign in a drunken stupor. Horrified that the likes of Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus were being mooted by fellow drinkers at a bar earlier this week as potential half-time acts, he saw the chance to go another way and took his campaign to the web.

Ball’s let his imagination run wild, suggesting Yankovic be joined on stage by the very people he’s parodying, backed by the likes of Jack White and Melissa McCarthy. It’s hard to argue against a man dreaming like this.

We got in touch with Ball, who works in sales for an aerospace supplier in Seattle. He said he’s pretty excited by all the attention:

“This was the first time I have ever put together a petition, so I couldnn’t believe it took off like this. Especially since I did it on a whim (after a few drinks)…” he said.

“I was definitely shy growing up, very quiet and kept to myself. Probably why I took to Weird Al at such a young age, enjoyed the humor and comedic stylings that I was so hesitant to express myself. Now, I am out of that shell and very outgoing and hardly hold back my comedic wit.”

Yankovic, of course, released his parody version of Pharell Williams’ hit “Happy” called “Tacky” earlier this summer. It’s now racked up 1.4 million views on YouTube, while the album, Mandatory Fun, last month reached the top of the Billboard 200 chart, the first time Weird Al’s ever held the No. 1 position. That was also the first time in 41 years that a comedy album had been atop Billboard’s charts.

I like 'Word Crimes' off that album myself:

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73000 people doesnt even scratch the surface of the superbowl viewship. This will never happen. He is not a household name and all his hits are just parodies of 'artists' that are themselves superbowl performance candidates.

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I get so bored during halftime shows, that I end up not watching it. Honestly, even if my favourite artists ended up playing, I would still have a difficult time sitting through an absolute snoozefest that is the the Superbowl Halftime Show. However, Weird Al would be a good laugh, and would hold my attention for however long he would play for.

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Never heard of him. By the looks of it (just searched him up briefly), he'll never play at the SB halftime show. Petition thing doesn't mean anything to the NFL.

You're lucky.

I liked him in UHF, but that was what, 25 years ago? Now that his same ol' act is hitting youtube popularity again, I can only assume that nobody remembers him. Now he looks like Carrottop and Cher's lovechild.

carrot-top.jpg + cher.jpg

= Weird-Al-(2011)---c.-of-Sony-Music.jpg

Which begs the question: How does this guy get off making parodies of all these hollywood music types when he himself has become a living example of one.

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Halftime shows are usually god awful.

At least Weird Al would actually provide some entertainment. Say what you want, his ability to parody so many different genres of songs (all with artist blessings) makes him quite talented to me. Yes it's the same old act with him, but why does that matter? ACDC has been rockin the same sound for decades and people still love them (including me).

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Forgot about UHF! After I finish up North by Northwest, going to interrupt my Hitchcockathon by watching UHF. "Spatula City!"

I actually watched it a couple of weeks ago - I couldn't believe it was on TV! Man, Kramer as Stanley Spadowski, totally forgot about that.

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Nah this gig is KK Revs to lose....

Seriously though you can't get any worse than Black Eye Peas. You could mic up a crow getting it from a hyena and end up with a better audio performance.

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^Sign me up for AC/DC halftime show 9 days a week. No trumped-up online petition required as it would be the best halftime show ever. And (bonus) it would actually appeal to football fans.

I'd be up for that too. Although I might have to install a TV in my bathroom.

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Nah this gig is KK Revs to lose....

Seriously though you can't get any worse than Black Eye Peas. You could mic up a crow getting it from a hyena and end up with a better audio performance.

Yeah they were awful. I don't hate them as much as a lot of pop artists, but the show they put on was worse than Tim Tebow.

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I have mixed feelings about this. I'm a fan of his music, but I'm also a fan of the opportunity the craptastic halftime shows give me to take an extra long dump necessitated by all the junk food and beer I've consumed.

I admire your pragmatism and genuine practicality .. B)

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