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'Weird Al' Yankovic takes on TV themes in Emmy Awards appearance

"Weird Al" Yankovic, the reigning king of comic parody, was a surprise attraction at the 2014 66th Emmy© Awards that were broadcast Aug. 25 from the Nokia Theater on NBC with a new song parody of TV themes from some well-known TV shows. Yankovic, now sporting a beard and dressed in a tuxedo and who has never been nominated for an Emmy© Award himself, parodied the TV shows “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” “Ghost” and “Game of Thrones” in a musical sketch.

"Weird Al" performs at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images
Wierd Al Yankovic performs a TV theme parody at the 66th Emmy Awards.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The “Game of Thrones” was easily the best part of the song, and included an appearance by the “Gane of Thrones” series' author George R. R. Martin, who was in on the joke and was given a typewriter while Yankovic sang, “So type, George, type as fast can you can. We need more scripts. Type, George, fast as arrows can fly.”

Yankovic's latest album “Mandatory Fun” hit the top of the Billboard 200 in July, and was Yankovic's first Number 1 comedy album. It was also the first comedy album to hit the number one spot since Allan Sherman did it in 1964 and the first comedy album to debut at the top spot of the Billboard 200. POPmarket is offering a special bundle with the vinyl versions of "Mandatory Fun" and "Alpocalypse," plus the three-CD "The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic 3.0" and the DVD "'Weird Al' The Ultimate Video Collection."

To promote the album, "Weird Al" and his band appeared on “Conan” and performed a live version of “Tacky.” An online petition asking the NFL to allow "Weird Al" to headline the halftime show at the Super Bowl now has over 100,000 signatures. Besides, the story has received coverage from ABC News, CNN, the Huffington Post, Bleacher Report and, among others.