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August 6, 2014 1:30 PM EDT

Want “Weird Al” Yankovic to play this year’s Super Bowl halftime show? Of course you do — and you’re not alone. More than 5,400 people have signed a petition to get the satirical songster the big gig.

“The songs of artists that he is parodying could join him on stage to accompany,” according to the website’s description of the petition. “The theatrics alone would be hilarious and a welcoming change, and draw a wider audience of fans that typically would not tune into the championship game or half-time show.”

The campaign’s organizer, a user named Ed Ball from Washington state, wrote an update on the website saying he was surprised at how fast the idea took off after he “drunkingly submitted” the petition.

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