close menu
Nerdist Comedy ShortsNerdist Comedy Shorts

Weird Al Yankovic gets ‘Tacky’ with Pharrell’s ‘Happy’

We are teeming with excitement to announce that Nerdist is premiering “Weird Al” Yankovic’s first music video for his #8videos8days project. Feast your eyes on the video for “Tacky,” a wonderfully warped and wacky version of Pharrell’s hyper-bubbly mega-hit, “Happy.”

Featuring guest appearances from comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black, the video, overseen by Director of Photography Martim Vian, was shot on location at the historic Palace Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles, the same space that was used as Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski.

“We’re going to have some fun today!” Al told us before shooting began. “Thank you, Pharrell; I really appreciate it–you’re a cool guy,” he said as he cracked that famously wide smile.

Throughout the video we are treated to a wonderful deluge of clashing colors, socks-and-sandals, Jack Black’s backwards sequin fanny pack, and dance moves that resemble a fit of ataxia. Every aspect of the video is so tastefully tasteless, that we’re pretty sure tackiness will be the look of the summer.

As thrilled as we are about how big the music video for “Tacky” is, the rest of Weird Al’s album is full of exceedingly catchy parodies that we’re also ecstatic to blast on repeat all summer long. “I am very proud of it” Al said confidently. “I think its my best album to date.”

We think so too. Our own Chris Hardwick couldn’t contain his joy at working with Al, “Al has ALWAYS been one of my idols. If you had told teenage me that I would one day not only be friends with him but also get to produce a video for him, my young brain wouldn’t have been able to process it. I have watched “Tacky” dozens of times and I can’t stop singing it. I LOVE YOU AL.”

Now all we need is a 24 hour version of “Tacky” so Weird Al can go on a crusade of faux pas around the world.

Head over to now to preorder your copy of Mandatory Fun. Then keep up with #8videos8days all week for more Weird Al greatness.


  1. jesse says:

    wait what?was that jack black?

  2. Florian says:

    Funny guy. Like the outfit 😛

  3. Unanmous says:

    Just awesomely “tacky” :-)

  4. thebestevil says:

    Rock that camel toe Mis Thang

  5. thebestevil says:

    Rock the camel toe miz thang

  6. greg says:

    The real star is the camera operator & assistants,not one cut in the entire video.

  7. john says:

    Al – It appears you have a great group of friends

  8. andrew says:

    I thought I was going to be hoping someone would do a CRAPPY remake but it’s great. Weird Al is killing it so far with Mandatory Fun (out now!)

  9. Steve says:

    The 24 hour version of “Tacky” so needs to happen.   I’d happily be in it!

  10. Aaron Ford says:

    I kind of want some of those shirts… lol 

    my favorite video so far still

  11. Mike says:

    EXCELLENT video, not a single fault and done in one shoot too.  The last time I saw a single shoot that long was in the film ‘Snake Eyes’, the opening sequence with Nicholas Cage.  

  12. NYT says:

    Live Tweet a funeral and take a selfie with the deceased

  13. Brian says:

    I can’t believe that I missed that that was Aisha Tyler in the video at first.

  14. photolarry says:

    Excellent cannot stop watching this. So funny not to mention the outfits

  15. photolarry says:

    Excellent cannot stop watching

  16. IronMike says:

    How brilliant was that?!?

  17. Funkleberry says:

    Oh gosh Al is amazing! And I think those JB pants are going to give me nightmares for the rest of my life…

  18. BlkandBlu14 says:

    I love it the song was so catchy I saw some people from movies or TV shows that was fmearler I loved the cloths too

  19. YOLO says:

    0:48 keep clicking after he/she says “tacky too”

  20. IAmThe0w1 says:

    I wanted that to never end.

  21. Mark says:

    Did anyone else notice that it appeared the whole thing was done in one take?  I kinda doubt it was, but that would be so cool! Al is just the kind of guy to attempt to pull that off.

  22. Love Weird Al! This is so spot on!

  23. Dan says:

    Seems appropriate to link to the only video I’ve ever posted to youtube: