In 1994, “Weird Al” Yankovic appeared on the TV game show Wheel of Fortune with music legends Little Richard and James Brown. This past summer, the accordion-wielding song parodist reflected on this unlikely meeting around the release of his new album, the chart-topping Mandatory Fun, telling Rolling Stone that Brown missed the part of rehearsals that explains the rules of the game.
Last night, Yankovic was a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and he revisited that fateful day, complete with an impression of the Godfather of Soul for those of us watching at home. “James Brown spins the wheel, and it stops and James goes, ‘Gimme a… gimme a… gimme a…’” recalls Yankovic in the video below. Finally, his incarnation of Brown asks for an “A,” only for the producer explain that he has to pick a consonant. “He goes, ‘Oh, uh… Europe!’”
Producers eventually paired Brown up with Richard. They went on to defeat the team of Yankovic and country singer Lee Greenwood. On a separate note, there’s a new silent short film starring “Weird Al” as Jesus, so maybe he will be a winner at, oh, let’s say (speculating wildly) the Oscars.
Watch the Meyers clip below, and while it lasts, scroll down for the vintage Wheel of Fortune footage.