Lin-Manuel Miranda Reacts to Hearing “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “The Hamilton Polka“. We don’t know how we missed our shot to feature this story! Back in 2018, “Weird Al” Yankovic recorded “The Hamilton Polka” and immediately original show creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, was a fan. For those who are unfamiliar with the polka’s inspiration, “Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education.
During an interview with Jimmy Fallon and “Weird Al” Yankovic shortly after the release of The Hamilton Polka, Miranda admitted that after hearing it for the first time he immediately spoke with Quest Love from The Roots, and they joked that Lin-Manuel has now peaked because “Weird Al” made a parody of his work. Lin-Manuel’s wife recorded his initial reaction to the song and lets just say it will be hard not to smile or laugh along with him! Check out his reaction in the video shared below:
As if that wasn’t enough, a fan of the Polka created their own rendition using footage from the #Hamilfilm now on Disney+, and the results are equally hilarious. You can watch The Hamilton Polka with movie clips in the video shared below:
And finally, for those who want to learn more about “The Hamilton Polka” you should definitely watch this interview between Jimmy Fallon, “Weird Al”, and Lin-Manuel who all dish on the creative process, their first reactions to the polka, and more. You can watch the full segment in the video shared below:
How you seen Hamilton yet? Which songs or moments speak the most to you? For those who are lucky enough to have seen both, how does the film compare to the stage? What do you think of “Weird Al’s” rendition of The Hamilton Polka?We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for all things Entertainment!
Featured Photo Credit: RollingStone/Lin-Manuel Miranda
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