Fan Petitions for Weird Al Yankovic to Play the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Weird Al Yankovic poses for a portrait during an interview on Thursday, July 17, 2014, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP)
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Dan CarsonTrending Lead WriterAugust 6, 2014

Want to make a real splash at the Super Bowl? Get Weird Al Yankovic onstage in front of millions.

This is the core platform of Ed Ball, the NFL fan who created a petition on Change.com asking the White House to step in and recommend the NFL bring in the parody legend as the 2015 Super Bowl headliner. 

The Wall Street Journal’s Mike Ayers caught wind of Ball’s petition. Ball, a Washington resident, lays out the simple, irrefutable facts as to why Weird Al is the ultimate crowd pleaser and perfect for the big stage next February:

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 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.

Ball envisions a Weird Al-led halftime show where the parody artist collaborates with the groups and singers he’s covered over the years. It’s an absolutely bat-stick crazy idea, and it appears to be catching on.

As of this writing, Ball’s petition has collected over 7,300 signatures in three days, and it’s likely to keep exploding if Weird Al’s recent record sales are any indication. 

His 2014 album, Mandatory Fun, sold 104,000 copies in a week, catapulting it into the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 and minting it as the first comedy album to reach the top of the charts since 1963. 

Having spent most of my childhood blasting “I Love Rocky Road” and playing Super Mario Kart, I support Ball’s vision. Bad Hair Day, The Food Album and Running With Scissors were my Thriller.

I want to share the gift that is Weird Al with the next generation. I want them to know that a small fry grew up to be a Jedi. 

 

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