Jonathan Groff Travolta-fied Idina Menzel’s Introduction At The Tonys, And It Was Amazing

Jonathan Groff introduces Idina Menzel at Tonys 2014

Last night Jonathan Groff was tasked with introducing Idina Menzel’s performance at the 2014 Tony Awards. When it comes to introducing Idina Menzel at award shows, John Travolta kind of set the bar three months ago at the Oscars by introducing us to “the wick-edly talented, one and only Adele Dazeem.” Because Jonathan Groff is charming and adorable, he made sure to pay tribute to Mr. Travolta’s legendary introduction, and it was glorious.

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the name Adele Dazeem. And I think the rest of the world would say the same for themselves. Adele united us as humans. Little did we know when John Travolta stepped onto the stage that night that our lives would be changed forever. It took me two weeks after that to fully stop laughing. I’d be going about my day and suddenly I’d hear Travolta’s voice in my head and I was a goner. I got a six-pack thanks to all that laughter. That’s right, thanks to John Travolta’s aversion to memorizing a name coupled with his inability to read a teleprompter, I’m now a hottie with a body.

Jonathan thankfully drew the line at mispronouncing Idina’s name (although if I were him I’d have to try really hard not to flub it — Adele Dazeem is that real for me now), but his Travolta reference is undeniable. Is it possible for Jonathan to win an honorary Tony for his spot-on impression of Travolta’s pronunciation of “wickedly”? He really nails that “I didn’t rehearse this at all, but is this supposed to be a reference to something? Should I be emphasizing a specific part of this word here?” style of talking. Watch for yourself below, and then go work on finding a place big enough to store your enormous crush on Jonathan Groff.

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    • Alexis Rhiannon

      Hahaha, he’s so focused on actually saying her name right after that intro.

    • Alana Vincenza

      “Wi-cked-ly” said as such will make me laugh forever. I’m still not over how funny that all was.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        It’s my favorite thing.

    • Mai Linh Phan Le

      Even now I still laugh when thinking about John Travolta’s voice!

    • Nbl

      I loved Idina before the oscars and I still can’t think of her as anyone but Adele Dazeem. The honest trailer for frozen is the best use of it.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I hesitate now every time I say or write her name.

    • StephanCasey

      is it pronounce like ee-dina or eye-dina