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“Weird Al” Yankovic plays Isaac Newton in Epic Rap Battles Of History

Epic Rap Battles Of History, the popular web series that pits famous figures of the past against each other for hyperactively edited hip-hop duels, has cast a few real-life celebrity guest stars in the past—most notably Snoop Lion, as well as Key & Peele. But for their latest battle, “Sir Isaac Newton vs. Bill Nye,” the show’s creators managed to score a true elder statesman of comedy music to portray the former Lucasian Chair Of Mathematics—Mr. “Weird Al” Yankovic.

Even if the battle weren't already putting a talented children’s entertainer up against one of the inventors of calculus, it’d be brutally one-sided. Yankovic’s verses have the same speed and precision that made 2006’s “White And Nerdy” so surprisingly effective. Poor Bill Nye (played by series co-writer Nice Peter) just can’t compete, even when Chali 2na from Jurassic 5 shows up to back him up as Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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