Weird Al Yankovic has been my favorite musical performer since I was in single digits. He was my first concert at age 13. And he’s managed to stay relevant, and record over a dozen albums in the past 35 years. He also happens to be one of the classiest people in show business.
At Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars: America Comes Together for Autism Programs live charity telethon on Sunday night, a 13-year-old autistic girl, Jodi DiPiazza, performed with the parody artist to his hit song “Yoda” (a parody of The Kinks hit “Lola”).
Watch the performance in the video here below.
DiPiazza plays a pretty killer piano, and starts singing while Weird Al comes out to support her vocally, dressed in his normal concert attire for his Star War parodies, a brown Jedi frock. In one great moment while singing together, Al stops and gives the audience a confident point and eyebrow raise toward Jodi who rocks out a classic verse. Towards the end, they’re joined on stage by a group of kids who dance and sing the final verses, “Yo Yo Yo Yo YO… DA”.
All host Jon Stewart could say at the end was “awesome.” In 2012, Jodi was featured performing “Firework” with another of her musical idols, Katy Perry. Both videos, featured below, will have you smiling as the tears swell in your eyes.
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Weird Al’s latest album, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, hit number 1 last Summer on the Billboard charts, becoming the first comedy record to do so since 1963’s My Son, the Nut, Allan Sherman’s album that included the song “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” The performer will embark this year on an 82-city world tour that will run from May through October.
Night of Too Many Stars – Jodi DiPiazza and “Weird Al” Yankovic Perform “Yoda”
“Weird Al” Yankovic sings a rendition of his song “Yoda” with Jodi DiPiazza and the Actionplay Chorus.
Katy Perry, Jodi DiPiazza Sing at Night of Too Many Stars
By donating at http://cc.com/donate, you could help create many more quality schools, programs and services that are so desperately needed by the growing autism population. Jodi was lucky enough to get into one of the few schools available to help her reach her potential. Please help us give many more kids and adults with autism the same chance Jodi got.