Fans petition to get Weird Al Yankovic on Super Bowl halftime show

TORONTO — A petition to have Weird Al Yankovic perform at the Super Bowl halftime show had reached nearly 46,000 signatures by Thursday morning.

Ed Ball posted a petition on urging the NFL to hire the satirical singer as headliner at the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show.

“For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humour,” Ball wrote.

“The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany, as well as 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.”

Ball admitted he came up with the petition after a few drinks but added: “I would get the same gratification seeing Weird Al perform at the Super Bowl even if I was sober.”

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There has been no comment yet from Yankovic or the NFL.

A Super Bowl appearance would top off a great year for Yankovic, whose new album Mandatory Fun hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Last month, the 54-year-old musician unveiled videos for his parodies of “Happy” (“Tacky”), “Royals” (“Foil”) and “Blurred Lines” (“Word Crimes”).

Super Bowl XLIX is set for Feb. 1 in Arizona.

Recent Super Bowl halftime show performers include Bruno Mars, Beyonce and Madonna.

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