“The best ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic albums work like a musical version of Mad magazine,” Chris Weingarten wrote on Wondering Sound a few years back, “they lampoon the times, but also capture their essence.”
In the case of the “Tacky” video below, that means tackling Pharrell’s inescapable single and this century’s Me Generation — the one that sees nothing wrong with live-Tweeting funerals, mistaking socks with sandals as a fashion statement, or posting cell phone shots of every single thing they ate this week. Helping Yankovic spread his parodic gospel are several rising/reputable comedians, including Jack Black, Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet and Kristen Schaal.
“Al has always been one of my idols,” said Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick, who premiered the clip as part of an eight-video rollout for Yankovic’s new Mandatory Fun record. “If you had told teenage me that I would one day not only be friends with him but also get to produce a video for him, my young brain wouldn’t have been able to process it.”