A long list of celebrities gathered for Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars,” an event produced to raise money for autism schools, programs, and services, but it was ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic and autistic teen musician Jodi DiPiazza who walked away with the performance of the night.
DiPiazza started the number, playing the piano and belting out the lyrics to Weird Al’s “Yoda,” to the tune of the Kinks “Lola,” with Al joining in after the first stanza. Weird Al sported an outfit that would make any Jedi, including Yoda, proud, while energetically bopping to the tune.
DiPiazza and Weird Al continued to harmonize beautifully about master Yoda’s life, eventually being joined onstage by the Actionplay choir, a choir comprised of kids with autism, who happily clapped along while singing their hearts out for the repeating ending chorus.
Weird Al and Jodi embraced at the end as the crowd rose to their feet in applause. Al then proceeded to congratulate the members of the choir, while host Jon Stewart commended DiPiazza on her performance.
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Weird Al’ Yankovic is best known for his humorous parodies of prominent songs, including spoofs of several Michael Jackson hits such as “Eat It” and “Fat.” Born Alfred Yankovic, the entertainer has sold over twelve million albums and won four Grammy awards.
Jodi DiPiazza, the talented piano-playing thirteen year old singer whom Al accompanied made her debut two years ago during the “Night of Too Many Stars” telethon, when she performed “Firework” with Katy Perry. According to Jodi’s website, she was diagnosed at the age of two with autism. Despite her disability, DiPiazza has blossomed as a musician and composer, attending Mannes College of Music Preparatory Division, and penning and performing the song “Heroes of Autism” for Toys R Us and Autism Speaks, which raised more than $3,000,000 for the charity.
DiPiazza briefly talked about her performance of “Yoda” with Weird Al on her Facebook page, stating, “He is a great musician and so funny. I couldn’t stop smiling.”
The “Night of Too Many Stars” event was taped February 28 and aired on Comedy Central last night. Besides Weird Al, other stars to lend their support included Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Jon Bon Jovi, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Susan Sarandon, Amy Schumer, and many more. Since 2006, the campaign has raised over $18 million, with donations still being accepted and auctions still open.
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