Stephen Colbert and The Roots Cover “Friday”

If you’re into music at all, you’ve heard (and probably made fun of) the universally reviled internet sensation Rebecca Black and her painfully awful single “Friday.” But even if your loathing has reached its boiling point, this may help simmer you down: last Monday, Jimmy Fallon promised his viewers that if they could raise $26,000 for DonorsChoose.org, an online charity that gives money to schools in need, then Comedy Central satirist Stephen Colbert would appear on the show to sing a rendition of the song.

In less than 36 hours, the goal was reached, and true to his word, Colbert appeared on the program, singing a bluesy version of the single. Before he could decide “which seat should I take,” however, backing band The Roots were illuminated, and the song kicked into a high-gear uptempo extravaganza that featured Fallon himself on auto-tune, the Knicks City Dancers, and some guy called Taylor Hicks. (American Idol, right? Is that show still on? More important question: does anybody care?)

Watch the hilarious performance below:

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