Let's be honest: It's hard to be serious all the time, even in the midst of nearly constant bad news.

That might not be true for everyone, but it was true this week for Noam Chomsky, an MIT professor and one of America's foremost serious persons, evidenced by his appearance in a music video tribute to the viral sensation "Gangnam Style," published on Saturday.

Chomsky's surprise appearance comes rather abruptly right in the middle of a student-made "Gangnam Style" tribute video, which features dozens of MIT students getting their groove on in the silliest ways possible.

Chomsky's cameo isn't nearly as energetic, however: right in the middle of a club scene, the camera cuts to the famed intellectual sitting at his desk, sipping from a mug. "Open Chomsky Style," he deadpans with only the slightest hint of mirth.

Directed by MIT student Eddie Ha and starring fellow MIT student Richard Yoon and the MIT Korean Students Association, this little number might be just the thing to lift your spirits in the midst of today's seemingly grim news cycle.

This video was published to YouTube on Saturday, October 27, 2012.