Weird Al Yankovic and Andy Samberg's Emmys number: Hit or miss?
On a night usually reserved for screen stars, everyone's favorite knockoff musician, Weird Al Yankovic, made an appearance.
The singer, famous for his parodies of popular songs, stuck to his tried-and-true style and performed an epic mash-up of parodies of the theme songs from the night's biggest nominees — from Mad Men and Scandal, to, of course, Game of Thrones, including a passionate plea to George R.R. Martin, author of the books that spawned the series, to write faster so we can all find out what happens next (we're with you on that one, Al!). He even had someone hand Martin, seated in the audience, an old-fashioned typewriter.
Yankovic was introduced by Lonely Island-er, Andy Samberg.
"While themes today are better than ever, we miss the days when they had accompanying lyrics to explain the show's plot," Samberg quipped before launching into his own rendition of the Brady Bunch theme as an example.
During the Game of Thrones portion of the song, Samberg joined Yankovic back on the stage as King Joffrey to back up Yankovic's lyrics — things like, "If you miss a big scene, watch it back, hope you paid attention to the map," and, "Don't get too attached to a certain guy, he might drink some poison wine," — with lines like, "That's a spoiler, that's a spoiler."
The stars seemed to take the ribbing pretty well — the camera cut to several, including Jon Hamm of Mad Men, stifling laughter — but no one took the joke as well as Martin, who could be seen in the audience typing away on his new typewriter at the end of the song.
Since Yankovic just dropped an album that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and he recently blew up our social media feeds with "Word Crimes," the hilariously grammar-conscious version of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," this probably won't be the last we'll see of Yankovic this year.