In the new video for “Birthday,” Katy Perry lets her considerable imagination run completely wild, disguising herself as five strange characters to crash various birthday parties (and one bar mitzvah). Playing the “World’s Worst Birthday Entertainers”—including an elderly Las Vegas stripper, a Jewish MC who loves challah, an alcoholic clown, a mouse-eating animal trainer, and an artistically challenged face-painter dressed as a princess—she successfully wreaks havoc on everyone’s lives.
On the bright side, she does eventually let them in on the prank. If the Oscars handed out awards for music videos, “Birthday” would be a no-brainer for best makeup. Perry’s virtually unrecognizable in a couple of these getups.