Weird Al Yankovic Performs ‘Yoda’ with Autistic Singers (VIDEO)
On Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars last night, Weird Al Yankovic performed with 13-year-old autistic singer Jodi DiPiazza, serving up a show-stopping moment with their rendition of “Yoda”, a parody of “Lola” by The Kinks.
And they weren’t alone. The duo was joined onstage by the Actionplay chorus, which is comprised of singers with autism, resulting in what turned out to be a truly poignant moment in an otherwise lighthearted telecast.
Of course, this isn’t DiPiazza’s first time at Night of Too Many Stars, as the musician performed on the show in 2012 alongside Katy Perry, delivering a memorable moment with their performance of “Firework”. DiPiazza was 11-years-old at the time, but it was clear she had a passion for performing. And, in the last two years, she’s grown considerably as a musician. She confidently sings and accompanies herself and Weird Al on the piano, resulting in a really good performance that ended up being the arguable highlight of Night of Too Many Stars, a comedy/variety event that raises money each year for autism programs with the help of the non-profit organization New York Collaborates for Autism.
Honestly, by the end of the song, I had goosebumps, particularly when the Actionplay chorus came out. I just thought this was such a beautiful, joyful moment, and the standing ovation at the end was a touching response from the audience in attendance. I don’t know how much of this was Weird Al’s doing and how much of it was Comedy Central’s, but can we please just elect Weird Al to the Oval Office already? Seriously, that guy can do no wrong, in my eyes.
You can check out Weird Al’s duet with Jodi DiPiazza from Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars below: