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JibJab & Weird Al Creep Out Idol Winner

JibJab and "Weird Al" Yankovic released an online-only video parodying American Idol winner Taylor Hicks' song, "Do I Make You Proud." The parody, entitled "Do I Creep You Out," is from Weird Al's latest best-selling album "Straight Outta Lynwood," and the video features a forlorn stalker (played in classic JibJab style by Weird Al) chasing the woman of his dreams. The video can be seen for free on both JibJab.com and MSNVideo.com.

A collaborative effort, JibJab was responsible for creating the animation while Weird Al provided the lyrics and music. The collaboration was also initiated in true Internet-age fashion they teamed up after the JibJab brothers, Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, sent Al an email via his website expressing a desire to work together.

"We are honored to have had the opportunity to work with comedic great Weird Al. His body of work has defined the field of musical satire and parody for decades and we had an incredible time working together," said Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, co-founders of JibJab. "We also admire the incredible job he has done leveraging the Internet to build a one-on-one relationship with his fan base."

"I've always been a great fan of JibJab's comedic sensibility and it's been a real pleasure working with them," said "Weird Al" Yankovic. "JibJab is changing the paradigm for the way multimedia content is distributed and it's very exciting for me to be a part of that."

"Do I Creep You Out" is the third of five animated shorts appearing exclusively on MSN Video. In October 2005, MSN inked a deal with JibJab to co-distribute its next five animations on MSN Video.

"JibJab is an innovator in this new breed of creative production studios," said Rob Bennett, gm of entertainment and video services for MSN. "Together, MSN Video and JibJab.com have delivered over 24 million showings of JibJab movies and we are proud to be the exclusive distributor of its consistently fun and entertaining viral videos."

This project comes on the heels of JibJab's launch of the Great Sketch Experiment, a sketch comedy contest in which JibJab connected six up-and-coming comedy troupes with legendary comedy film director John Landis to create sketches that were voted on by the public.

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