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Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Jimmy Fallon
Screenshot: The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

For all their individual achievements and talents, there aren’t three bigger goofballs than Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jimmy Fallon, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, as shown on Friday’s Tonight Show. Sure, Miranda is one letter short of an EGOT, Al is a quadruple Grammy winner and musical human joy machine, and Fallon... has his good qualities. But when the three got together on Friday to joyfully lip-sync to Yankovic’s new addition to Miranda’s HamilDrops series of once-monthly Hamilton tribute songs—naturally titled “The Hamilton Polka”—they proved conclusively that they are all, at heart, giant, gleefully mugging, theater kid goofuses. (They were also there to hype Yankovic’s upcoming “no parodies” tour and Miranda’s January 2019 return as Alexander Hamilton to raise money for arts funding in Puerto Rico, which the pair also managed to make pretty endearing.)

Introducing their limb-thrashing, wild-eyed, furniture-leaping pantomime of Yankovic’s infectiously loopy accordion-and-sound-effects mashup of “14 or 15" songs from Miranda’s universally lauded Broadway smash, Fallon and Miranda gushed over their lifelong shared fandom of Yankovic’s 30-year career in musical parody and toe-tapping silliness. Miranda, with complete earnestness, agreed with Tonight Show (and The Roots) bandleader Questlove’s excited message upon first hearing Yankovic’s Hamilton homage. “Yoooo!,” Miranda impersonated pal Questlove’s phone call, “Forget your Pulitzer! Your genius grant is nothing! You’ve been immortalized by ‘Weird Al!’” And while some might argue the relative merits of all the honors piled up in Miranda’s garage at this point, there’s no debate about how delighted he was (as seen in a video of his first listen to Al’s song), and how completely delightful it was to watch him, Yankovic—and even Fallon—attempt to keep pace with “The Hamilton Polka”’s quicksilver segues, breakneck key and tempo changes, and a perhaps even-nimbler version of Lafayette’s gloriously boastful, tongue-tripping rap.


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