Weird Al Yankovic Kicks Off Week of Videos with 'Happy' Parody

The Pharrell spoof features appearances by Jack Black and Eric Stonestreet.

ByABC News
July 14, 2014, 5:14 PM

— -- Weird Al is back.

Al Yankovic, famous for his parodies of hit songs, is coming out with a new album, "Mandatory Fun," and to promote it, he's releasing eight videos in eight days.

His first, "Tacky," set to Pharrell's "Happy," is making the rounds today, and features appearances by celebrities including Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal and Jack Black.

The album has other songs including, "Handy," ("Fancy" by Iggy Azalea, perhaps?) and "Word Crimes," believed to be set to "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke.

“It’s ironic. When I first started out, nobody wanted to sign me to a record deal,” Yankovic told the New York Post. "They said, ‘That’s not going to be around for very long.’"

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As for "Tacky," Pharrell told Billboard magazine that he "approved" the spoof song before it came to fruition.

"He wrote me a letter and I was like, 'Aww, what?!'" he said. "Yeah!"

Yankovic just feels lucky to be able to continue doing what he does best.

"With every album I put out it feels like it reaches a new generation," he said. "Kids will say, ‘Hey Dad, have you heard of this Weird Al guy? He’s really funny.'"