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Weird Al and a 13-year-old girl duet on a moving rendition of ‘Yoda’

What were you doing when you were 13?


Audra Schroeder


Last night, Jon Stewart hosted Night of Too Many Stars, an autism charity and awareness event. It had everything: Maya Rudolph dry-humping a man who appeared to be in his 90s, Paul Rudd being fed like a baby bird, and Chris Rock shilling for Tommy Hilfiger. But the “Weird Al” Yankovic performance might have been the most touching of the night.

His song “Yoda,” a parody of the Kinks’ “Lola,” was originally released in 1985. Thirteen-year-old Jodi DiPiazza, a musician with autism, wasn’t even alive then, but that didn’t stop her from nailing a duet with Yankovic. 

DiPiazza is a musical prodigy, and she performed “Firework” with Katy Perry at 2012’s Night of Too Many Stars. She returned last night to accompany Yankovic—who was dressed as a Jedi, of course—on piano. 

The Actionplay Chorus, a group of kids with autism, joined them for the big finale. In a night filled with comedians’ bits and schticks, it was a moving reminder of who should really be in the spotlight. 

Screengrab via Comedy Central

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