Legendary parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic was one of the top highlights of the final day of Governors Ball 2015, according to a June 8 report from Billboard. Short of calling it a polka-fest, Yankovic’s set was about as close to weird as could have been expected by fans, who lined up thousands deep to see the Grammy Award winner in action.
Yankovic, 55, opened his set by asking the young New York crowd if they were ready to dance to some polka. The question was answered with a resounding yes. The California native quickly broke into a delightful assortment of pop hits from recent years, in his own signature style.
The red-hot funnyman whipped out the accordion for a hilarious polka version of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball,” before shifting gears for “Fat.” As most “Weird Al” fans know by now, “Fat” is his classic 1988 parody of Michael Jackson’s “Bad.” The parody clearly stands the test of time.
Close to 20 years after its release, fans were still laughing hard when Yankovic broke out a fat suit to perform the number. He jumped, jiggled and jammed to the beat, relying on the suit to generate some extra funnies.
Midway through the set, Yankovic nearly blew the roof off the Gotham Stage when he broke into “White and Nerdy,” his 2006 parody of “Ridin'” by Chamillionaire and Krayzie Bone. It’s hard to believe close to 10 years have passed since the release of that tune, as the youthful crowd appeared to know every word.
Yankovic’s parodies felt fresh and new, even ones that are several years old. What’s the reason for that? First of all, Yankovic doesn’t rely on his satire to get him over with the crowd.
He integrates visual elements to create sillies, such as costumes, video clips and props. Yankovic’s set was a nice mix of new and old. No matter what he played, the crowd was loving it.
Yankovic’s newer material — “Foil” and “Word Crimes” — went over just as well as his classic “Amish Paradise.” The hope is that Yankovic will return at next year’s Governors Ball.