‘Hamilton’ Just Got Weirder: Lin-Manuel Miranda and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Just Collaborated on a New Track
Every month this year, Lin-Manuel Miranda has been releasing covers of songs from his hit musical Hamilton. Each #Hamildrop comes on the 30th of the month. And, well, let’s just say the release for “Feb. 30” is appropriately weird for a day that doesn’t technically exist. Miranda just announced that this month’s Hamildrop is by none other than “Weird Al” Yankovic and is titled “The Hamilton Polka.”
Yankovic teased the single on his Twitter yesterday, writing: “Okay, you guys, I’m giving you a heads-up, but I still want you to act all surprised and everything when MY NEW SINGLE DROPS ON FRIDAY.”
His fans speculated as to what the new single could be. Could it be a parody of “Despacito” or Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble“? Some fans drew a connection between Friday’s Hamildrop and the release date — suggesting a cover of “You’ll Be Back” or even a full-length Hamilton parody album. But a few fans got it right.
There was another hint, too — Yankovic and Manuel are scheduled to appear on Friday’s episode of Jimmy Fallon. But we just got confirmation as Manuel himself posted the cover art:
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 1, 2018
One of the most amusing things about all this is that Yankovic and Miranda are friends. Miranda was always outspoken about growing up a huge “Weird Al” Yankovic fan. Manuel told Conan O’Brien that the first time he met Yankovic, he “freaked out.”
In fact, when the news came out that both men were getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, they learned at the same time; mainly because Larry David told them while Yankovic and Manuel were having lunch together.
“The Hamilton Polka” isn’t the first time the two have worked together, though. At his 2016 Radio City Music Hall concert, Yankovic invited Manuel up to sing a little bit of “Yoda,” his Star Wars-related parody of “Lola” by The Kinks.
Listen to “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “The Hamilton Polka” below:
Are you excited for Weird Al and Lin-Miranda’s “Hamilton Polka”? Let us know in the comments!
Featured image via “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Twitter.