Can’t Nothing Bring Me Shame: “Weird Al” Yankovic Parodies Pharrell’s “Happy”

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It was only a matter of time before comedian/songwriter “Weird Al” Yankovic made a parody of Pharrell’s pop-funk smash “Happy,” and the final product, “Tacky,” certainly does not disappoint.

The music video for the song features Yankovic – alongside Margaret Cho, Aisha Tyler, Kristen Schaal, Modern Family‘s Eric Stonestreet, and a twerking Jack Black – grooving through the Palace Theatre in Los Angeles (also known as Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski) in impressively mis-matched colors and prints.

As the other comedians boogie through the theatre dressed in an array of neon monstrosities, Yankovich sets off on a lengthy list of tacky qualities such as “I Instagram every meal I’ve had,” “43 Bumper Stickers and a #YOLO license plate,” and “got my new resume – it’s printed in comic sans.”

“Tacky” is the first single off of Yankovic’s new album, Mandatory Fun, which comes out on July 15. The album is set to include similar parodies of Lorde’s “Royals,” Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” and Iggy Azelia’s “Fancy.”

Check out this delightfully tacky tune for yourself:


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