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Though the streaming service Quibi arguably still has a ways to go before it can be considered a mainstream success, there is seemingly no end in sight to its bite-sized original programming slate. Case in point: the always hilarious comedy series Reno 911! returned for the back half of its revival season this week, which means we finally get to see pop culture treasure "Weird" Al Yankovic's rather bizarre impersonation of the Motor City Madman Ted Nugent, a situation first hinted at in Season 7's first trailer.
Thankfully, Quibi unveiled a brand new clip showcasing "Weird" Al's take on Ted Nugent, so fans don't even need to wait for the episode to get here in order to see the Grammy-winning musician getting his red, white and blue on. Check it out below!
It's not every day you get to see possibly the world's greatest parody musician digging into an impression of a hyper-conservative hard rocker, but hey, it's 2020, and that clip will likely only be the 45th weirdest thing you see this week. (For instance, KFC's baffling COVID-influenced marketing decision or AT&T's Lily actress getting harassed online.) Still, the video is pretty solid.
Given that Ted Nugent is a well-documented firearm advocate, it makes sense that Reno 911! plays that angle up multiple times in the clip, from the "silencer on a T-shirt gun" gag to having him go onstage and tell the crowd to "suck on his machine gun," which was a line that Nugent used in reference to then-President Barack Obama back in 2007. Perhaps not as big a deep cut as something from the UHF soundtrack's b-side, but certainly a pointed reference all the same. Now let's smash some gee-tars!
The biggest question everyone has now, no doubt, who wins the Quibi Battle of the Bands? Can "Weird" Al Yankovic's turn as Ted Nugent be enough to topple Mark Hamill's country crooner Philip Combs singing about King Kong's dong on Darren Criss' Royalties? My guess is no, but never deny the power of a fake Nuge.
Though Reno 911! initially ended its six-season run back in 2008, comedy justice prevailed, and Quibi made the somewhat surprising decision to bring the former Comedy Central series back for more of the off-kilter goofiness that even earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Short Form Comedy or Drama Series. (It's actually two if you count Kerri Kenney-Silver's personal nom.) While a little older now, the core ensemble is just as dedicated and spot-on as ever, even when the impeccable Thomas Lennon's Dangle is stealing scenes in his short-shorts.
Reno 911! dropped three episodes for its midseason premiere on Quibi on Monday, August 24, with new episodes releasing daily until Season 7 is complete. Instead of thinking about having to say goodbye again, though, you can stream the original run of episodes on CBS All Access, and then check out our Fall 2020 TV premiere schedule to keep track of all the other shows hitting the small screen in the coming months.