I can’t imagine I’m the only one who grew up loving “Weird Al” Yankovic video spoofs. What’s your favorite? My Bologna? I Love Rocky Road? Eat It? He has a new song and video, Tacky, which is a spoof of Pharrell Williams’ Happy. Al’s version is as fun and danceable is the original. I am sharing the video here. It’s a delight to watch Al and co-stars Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black dance and lip sync in garish ensembles, but I have to be honest, the filming location steals the video.
I don’t want to give too much a way, I want you to watch the video. Suffice to say, if you love LA or you love downtown or you just love historical preservation, you’ll love this. The person who came up with the idea of filming the video at the Palace Theater in downtown Los Angeles was a genius. And I appreciate the irony that a song about lacking class and doing the inappropriate thing is ultimately a thoughtful and gracious love letter to my city and those beautiful old theaters of the other Broadway.