"Weird Al” Yankovic is the most successful comedy recording artist of all time, best known for hit song parodies such as “Amish Paradise,” “Eat It” and “White & Nerdy.” A three-time Grammy Award winner, Yankovic caught his first big break after sending in an unsolicited tape to the Dr. Demento Radio Show. The song, a parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona” called “My Bologna” (recorded in the bathroom of Al’s college campus radio station), was a smash on the good Doctor’s show and became Al’s first national record release.
Inspired by the likes of Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer and Mad magazine, Weird Al has parodied numerous musical icons throughout a career that now spans four decades. Michael Jackson, Queen, Eminem, Madonna, U2, Billy Joel, Nirvana, Mick Jagger and Lady Gaga are just a few of the artists who have agreed to have their songs satirized by Yankovic. His last two albums Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) and Alpocalypse (2011) both debuted in the Billboard Top Ten, and the video for his platinum single “White & Nerdy” dominated the Internet and stayed at #1 on the iTunes chart for months.
In addition to writing and directing his own music videos (and a few for other artists as well), Yankovic has helmed a number of eclectic projects, including the web series Face to Face, the interactive fair attraction Al’s Brain in 3-D and the opening sequence for the Leslie Nielsen film Spy Hard. He made an appearance in all three Naked Gun movies, and also co-wrote and starred in the cult classic film UHF (1989). Yankovic’s numerous televison appearances include his popular AL-TV programs for MTV and VH-1, his concert specials for Comedy Central and the Disney Channel, and his Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show for CBS. Al also added “New York Times bestselling author” to his resume with the release of his 2011 children’s book When I Grow Up and its 2013 follow-up My New Teacher and Me!
Weird Al has performed over 1,300 concerts to date and continues to tour the world with his band.
I was hanging out with my friend Lin-Manuel Miranda today when we found out that we were both getting stars on the HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME!!! Minds blown. Thanks to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and to all the amazing fans whose tireless efforts and support made this happen!
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This performance is a couple years old now, but cool to see this edited-phone-cam version!
laughingsquid.com The always wonderful "Weird Al" Yankovic, who is truly known for his clever parodies, performed a straight and brilliant cover of the George Harrison song
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