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Can They Do It Live? – Chicken Plays “America The Beautiful” on Piano

December 19, 2019

Hey this is exciting. Every once in a great while, we come across a clip that has it all great music, undiscovered talent, and a performance that fills you with pride in the country you love and this is just that clip. As you see, that is a chicken playing “America the Beautiful” on a keyboard. The chicken’s name is Jokgu. We tracked her down in Germantown, Maryland and when we come back, we will hear music from Jokgu the Chicken, live! Before the break, those of you in our studio audience and our audience at home had the chance to witness something truly miraculous: a chicken that plays piano unaided. She puts beak to key and makes some of the most beautiful poultry powered music the world has ever heard, I think. But that was on video, and the true test of chicken greatness – how well a hen can perform under pressure? We’re going to find out tonight. It’s time for a special barnyard edition of Can They Do It Live? Now this– what you see here is Jokgu the Chicken. You saw and heard Jokgu’s tribute to America and now she pays tribute to the Universe itself with a song you know, a song your children know. Here is Jokgu with her rendition of the classic, “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”. Jokgu? Any time now, Jokgu will begin. Jokgu? Jokgu? The Jokgu’s on us I guess… Oh! Here we go. I think Jokgu’s distracted– oh! Wow! Wow! And that’s just– it’s not over yet! That was just the warm up. And now, ladies and gentlemen, here she is with her big hit single The reason she’s here with us tonight Feel free to join Jokgu in song as she honors our nation with the great anthem written by Katharine Lee Bates, “America the Beautiful,” Jokgu, please! Yeah just get right– oh here we go. Alright, Intermission. Wow, I’m actually tearing up right now. This is so beautiful. I think that’s enough, right everybody? That is unbelievable! Jokgu the Chicken! Wow. That was truly beautiful. Thank you so much for teaching Jokgu these– oh my goodness, oh my goodness! She laid an egg! She laid a red, white, and blue egg! It’s incredible, it’s a miracle! Jokgu, thank you on behalf of our nation, and thanks to Shannon and Say-Hee also. Thank you very much.

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  • Reply Isaac Mendez June 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Well, Jokgu sure took a dump on America, huh? Like, literally! 2:35 xD

  • Reply Zimz SRWK June 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm

    That is one Chicken..wont get fried. . tonight or day after..😄

  • Reply hee hee June 6, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I love this chicken🐔🐔

  • Reply Dean Shaw June 6, 2017 at 4:29 pm

    Unaided is false to say @jimmy kimmel live the keys light up and the chicken just attacks the keys

  • Reply gdouglas999 June 7, 2017 at 12:07 am

    This chicken is more patriotic than our chicken of a US president.

  • Reply Joas Radiomann June 7, 2017 at 7:12 pm

    2:34 poops coming out now haha

  • Reply beccanetta June 8, 2017 at 5:43 am

    Chicken 101: If that piano lit up in anything other than red, Jokgu would probably not be playing. Chickens are like mini raptors. They see blood (or anything red) and will peck it out of existence…which is why a hurt chicken would need isolated from the flock. She'd be pecked, further maimed or even killed if the blood and wound weren't addressed.

  • Reply Sulueti June 8, 2017 at 9:32 am

    I'll get to it in my own time thanks

  • Reply 0v0 HelloIts OtakuDesu 0v0 June 9, 2017 at 10:08 am

    i think Jogku confused because the picture is changing

  • Reply C Y June 9, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    The background is too distracting to her. otherwise she would have played well.

  • Reply Lloyd Gene Ascura June 10, 2017 at 9:02 am

    chicken cant see at dark place that is why she cant focus well..

  • Reply solidn6 June 11, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    How is this possible?

  • Reply Hangga Teguh June 13, 2017 at 7:02 am

    Did you see the light on the piano keys?

    Oh, i get it know.

  • Reply Bootie Cheerios June 14, 2017 at 2:25 am

    It took a dump at 2:35

  • Reply Narek Avetisyan June 14, 2017 at 11:01 am

    Must come up with a chicken joke…

  • Reply caveman Versace June 14, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Oh dear god the chicken pecks the key that lights up. Please tell me people aren't buying this. This is just conditioning.

  • Reply General Zodd June 16, 2017 at 11:09 pm

    Jokgu for President…vote Jokgu

  • Reply Est C June 18, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    2:36 She took a crap on the seat

  • Reply XxSlayerKillzxX June 20, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Jokju actually had lights in her piano so she cheated because she just followed the lights and pressed the keyboards pay attention to what's little

  • Reply Slt Matty June 24, 2017 at 11:38 am

    When ur took you a whole year to learn to play "Mary had a little lamb" but a chicken can play the piano better.😂🤣🤣😂😭

  • Reply Reesicup 0815 June 27, 2017 at 7:59 am

    oh i see, the keys light up so she plucks at the lit up key. i wonder if she can memorize it eventually??? thats still pretty damn smart of a chicken! the back drop screen is distracting her though she gives a perfect performance on her xfactor audition!

  • Reply Reverse Main June 27, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    That background kept throwing her off xD

  • Reply Paris Zar June 28, 2017 at 5:32 am

    there is a light under each key, and other keys don't work at the same time the other key has a light on. wish to be the more smart trick. : (

  • Reply Mattias Dammström June 29, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Not to impressed. it apeers not all keys are programed to work and the chicken has most likely been trained to pick at the kyes red color to get food.
    In WW2 birds where trained to stear missiles in a similar manner.

  • Reply zeze Ben June 30, 2017 at 12:00 am

    America and their recism she has got name jowku you don't have to mention her origin ?? No one says kimmel the white human guy what discrimination ???

  • Reply Mercy Words July 3, 2017 at 4:45 am

    Still better than some people!

  • Reply n n July 4, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Restore my faith in America? It was restored back in November.

  • Reply Bonnie Nash July 4, 2017 at 3:46 pm

    The keys light up so the bird pecks it

  • Reply Lamgie Yip July 7, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    Is it playing by seeing the red light on the keyboard?

  • Reply Denisa Forţescu-Jedi July 8, 2017 at 1:39 pm

    The back screen images distracted the chicken. Whenever they changed, she stopped and looked around.

  • Reply rupulstilskin July 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    All of a sudden i feel like for some kentucky fried chicken.

  • Reply Bitoo July 11, 2017 at 2:45 am

    if this chicken dies… I will too

  • Reply Spud-girl July 12, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    The chicken doesn't really use the red lights as after the music stops the light is still there ,and she doesn't go after it

  • Reply Spud-girl July 12, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    I thought his name was jimmy kibble 😶

  • Reply MrClearme July 13, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    is it buckethead's sensei?

  • Reply Pledge July 20, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    I was late to work because of this.

  • Reply 142horizon July 21, 2017 at 7:49 am

    As one can well imagine, she was very appre"hen"sive at first about taking piano lessons.

    And they tried everything….

    For instance, they mercilessly taunted her by calling her a 'chicken' for not trying…until of course they realized that wasn't actually an insult.

  • Reply MrKockabilly July 25, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    The chicken follows the red light on the keys. It doesnt sound when it misses 3:30. A keyboard with tutorial for beginners is all it needs.

  • Reply Enjoyinglife July 28, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Did anyone else notice the little red light guiding her on where to press

  • Reply Ali Lapoint August 9, 2017 at 8:25 am

    America from the bald eagle to the chicken…..WOW…… "make america great again"

  • Reply Emery Singularity August 16, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    Where does Jogku live?

  • Reply Steve Nugget August 19, 2017 at 12:41 am

    The wheat fields distracted Jokgu

  • Reply Lucky Me August 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    That was hilarious.

  • Reply Glitched August 27, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    There is a red light on each key that she needs to peck to continue the song before she pecks it. If any other key is played other than the red lit key, it doesn't play a sound. This chicken is most likely still as smart as a ordinary chicken.

  • Reply Altair Garden August 27, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    guess the humans here are too dumb to realize that the screen was creating distraction to the bird. Not even a human could focus with all those flashing lights.

  • Reply YEET_MACHINE3000 August 30, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Welp now I have to compete with a chicken

  • Reply MooPotPie August 31, 2017 at 10:11 am

    "Unaided"? Not quite:

  • Reply Kristovsky September 4, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Now I want to be vegan 🙁

  • Reply Jivert 1 September 6, 2017 at 6:54 am

    KFC will dislike this talent

  • Reply GoodForYou 666 September 8, 2017 at 5:30 am


  • Reply Nam Fam September 11, 2017 at 6:47 am

    Is this the new KFC ad

  • Reply suga kookie September 17, 2017 at 1:47 am

    Thus is too cute😊

  • Reply DA MotoNeko September 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    She's distracted be the fields in the background XD

  • Reply Shannen Canton September 24, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    That was kinda boring. Its just a chicken pecking the keys as it lights up and then getting distracted by the screen and it took so long to end

  • Reply Sun Cycles 2000 October 15, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    Jimmy you saved Jo thank you!!!

  • Reply han. November 10, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    This chicken is the pride of America

  • Reply Gangway Biscuit November 19, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    That chicken looks like it wood be great fried

  • Reply Joey Gonzalez November 26, 2017 at 1:22 am

    FAKE.. the chicken didn’t press the right keys for the song, and they keys that the chicken pushed are not the sounds of the actual note

  • Reply Cherpeh December 9, 2017 at 9:22 am

    There are lights on the keys, and it just hits those lights.

  • Reply Susie drone December 10, 2017 at 3:41 am

    I'm crying he's so beautiful so heart touching I'm trying to hold back tears 😭

  • Reply Dzelis x December 19, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    ive lost hope in humanity

  • Reply NO ONE January 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    My god I couldn't stop laughing. The chicken just wanted to leave. 😂😂😂 😂😂😂. And when it got distracted by the fields background. 😂😂😂 😂😂😂.

  • Reply Elysion B February 7, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    WTF ‘Murica

  • Reply James Carter February 14, 2018 at 3:45 pm


  • Reply DuckyMomo February 18, 2018 at 1:18 am


    I feel like nobody knows about Maryland-

  • Reply KeithHam March 21, 2018 at 7:40 am

    Guys at 1:50 you can notice the color of the keys of the keyboard changing! Jokgu is just hitting the keys when he/she see's the light!

  • Reply L I B L E March 22, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    i will study music for 10 years but not get that good

  • Reply Ja'far, Chief of Sindria Trading Company April 6, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    The pauses though, those were great

  • Reply Troy Sudarto April 17, 2018 at 12:26 am

    The keyboard didn’t work sometimes

  • Reply dalia tirado May 15, 2018 at 1:40 am

    Who else saw joku poop at 2:34

  • Reply Squid Worth May 21, 2018 at 10:00 am

    fake.. he was just pecking keys and they put the sound in

  • Reply Adele Ashiley May 23, 2018 at 10:52 am

    I think she got distracted by the screen 😂😂😂 but this one really is sooooo hilariously funny Hahahahahaha

  • Reply Toasty Toast May 29, 2018 at 3:18 am

    He was so confused by the changing screen 😂😂😂

  • Reply Lil'flower 32 June 19, 2018 at 4:52 pm

    2:36 The chicken does a poop!!

  • Reply Gacha Madz July 2, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    If you noticed.. she wasnt taking time.. she was actually trying to press the buttons but they werent making sounds bc she didnt press enough

  • Reply Zed 10000 July 12, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    "Unaided" each key lights up which makes her think it's food.

  • Reply Gregory Krupa July 27, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    It’s hitting the red lights on the keys

  • Reply Rhys August 22, 2018 at 6:09 am

    Chicken's pecking at the lights.

  • Reply Mia Simpliciano September 3, 2018 at 12:34 am

    Noooooooo no no no no way that chicken 🐓 is crazy 😝

  • Reply Buda Cannabico September 5, 2018 at 9:35 am

    The chicken follows a light in the keyboard …. 0:13

  • Reply Christian June Gregorio September 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    hows the chicken now?

  • Reply iamthepaulrus September 18, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Why did the chicken run into KFC? Because he thought it stood for Kisses For Chickens. R.I.P. little one, I really miss you.

  • Reply edwin omondi October 23, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    in my twenties i dont even know anything about a piano
    i need someone to message my pride
    this hen just hart my pride

  • Reply BadRain007 November 9, 2018 at 12:30 am

    So cute and funny, right? Then why eat it?

  • Reply Carollinesus November 20, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Nobody ever hurt that chicken…..

  • Reply gerry mercado December 1, 2018 at 5:00 am

    It's so cute when you see the chicken gets distracted by the background😍

  • Reply Kewpie Doll December 17, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    Did you notice it shat

  • Reply Carrie Coleman February 13, 2019 at 7:45 am

    Why is a freaking chicken cooler and more talented than I am?!? Way to give me a complex, chicken. Does this make anyone feel bad for eating chickens, seeing that they’re more intelligent than they are actually probably smarter than anyone gives them credit for? It definitely makes me feel kinda bad/guilty. But then again, I chose to be vegetarian at age 10 and was one until a few years ago when I was diagnosed with a disease that has more or less forced me to start eating meat, so I’m predisposed to feel guilty about this type of stuff.

  • Reply Internet is Amazing April 25, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    2:34 – 2:36 the chicken poops

  • Reply Michael L. King May 27, 2019 at 5:56 am

    – 2:35 Chicken channels GG Allin for performance

  • Reply Shawn Valverde May 31, 2019 at 7:44 am

    Lol she got distracted by the background

  • Reply June 23, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    At 2:35 she poops

  • Reply Bradley Clark June 30, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Ray Charles cover is better

  • Reply MountainRain August 20, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    2:35 Joku pooped

  • Reply SlickNickP August 30, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    I love that the changing background keeps distracting the chicken

  • Reply Reghan Dahl September 8, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I think the chicken is curious of the red light on the piano that tells what note to play next

  • Reply Alpha Notmale September 21, 2019 at 11:45 pm

    “The Jogku’s on us”!!!!!!!’🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Reply crytex October 24, 2019 at 5:31 pm

    Chicken > Trump anyone?

  • Reply Mely Qing October 30, 2019 at 6:44 am

    The chicken was aided by the flashing light from the keys .

  • Reply Shem Rafael Sasil Andong December 17, 2019 at 8:53 am

    play or be fried

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