It’s hard to be a pedestrian in Provo. And a driver. And a bicyclist.
At least, that’s the message BYU’s Divine Comedy is trying to share in its humorous new music video, “Provo Pedestrian,” a parody of Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now.”
Bryson Frehner, the lead singer for the parody and member of the sketch comedy group, said fellow Divine Comedy member Tori Pence has had an idea for a pedestrian parody for more than a year. Since people kept saying Frehner looked like Freddie Mercury, the vocalist for Queen, they decided to use Queen’s music for parody inspiration.
“I’ve been a pedestrian and I’ve been a driver,” Frehner said, “and both times it is ridiculously annoying when someone jumps in front of you when you’re driving or when a driver doesn’t stop for you, so it’s definitely based on real life experience.”
In all seriousness — Rock Band instruments aside — the group was concerned about keeping people safe while filming the music video.
“With the video itself, we had to do it in a way that we didn’t actually put people in danger where we still got the note across that being a pedestrian and a driver and a bicyclist in Provo is quite dangerous, so you’ve got to be careful out there,” Frehner said. “But I think we did it in a humorous way where it gets the message across but people enjoy it and it’s entertaining.”