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Interview: Creator of 'Weird Al' Super Bowl petition 'blown away' by support

"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Weird Al" Yankovic
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Ed Ball has an idea he hopes he can make come true. He wants to get the NFL to invite “Weird Al” Yankovic to perform at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show in January. He would be following in the footsteps of such names Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Carol Channing, Diana Ross, Aerosmith, U2, Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (the infamous “wardrobe malfunction”), the Rolling Stones, Prince, Bruce Springsteen and the Who.

It started out as an idea, but went viral, thanks to the internet. The online petition has currently over 128,000 signatures.

What gave him the idea for this? “I was at a bar," he said, "I overheard two presumptuous Seahawks fans talking about future travel plans to Super Bowl XLIX to see their beloved team host a second Lombardi trophy. Yes, they are already claiming a win and this team is a dynasty, as I have been listening to this nonsense ever since I moved up to Seattle in January.

“A 20-something female friend of theirs chimed in, asking who will be playing the halftime show. Then, she began to ramble off a string of suggestions like Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, among many other terrible ideas.

“So, with this in mind, I went home, created the petition for 'Weird Al.' For four decades, he has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of viewers, 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.”

And Ball has an interesting idea for the show. “The artists he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany (him), (with) other surprise appearances from well-known actors/actresses, adding more prestige and star power. The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”

He said the response has stunned him. “I never thought it would get this much support, I was blown away. Just because I created it on a whim, and one night it had close to 1,000 plus before I went to bed, and was well over 5,000 plus by that morning, then 25,000 plus, 50,000 plus.

“Then the phone calls, emails, and requests started. Just overwhelming support.. The whole month has been amazing to say the least.”

Has he heard from the NFL or “Weird Al”? He said the NFL hasn't yet. “Maybe his recent Emmy performance will help the cause. I would love (and hope) to eventually hear from 'Weird Al' himself and get his feedback.”

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