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"Weird Al" Yankovic

Thursday, August 15, 2019, 1:30 AM

FEW WOULD HAVE GUESSED that Weird Al Yankovic who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show would go on to become a pop culture icon and the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, with classic song and music video parodies such as Eat It, Like a Surgeon, Smells Like Nirvana, Amish Paradise, White & Nerdy and Word Crimes. Now in his fourth decade as Americas foremost song parodist, he has been the recipient of numerous awards, including four Grammys (out of fifteen total nominations) and a string of Gold and Platinum albums.In 2015 and 2016, Weird Als Mandatory World Tour encompassed 200 shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia, including two nights at the Hollywood Bowl and a sold-out gig at New Yorks Radio City Music Hall. In the spring of 2018, Al performed 77 shows as part of his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, where he and his bandmates of over 35 years played set lists comprised almost entirely of his original (non-parody) material, and without any of their signature high-octane production (no costumes, props or giant video screens). And in 2019 Weird Al will follow up his most bare-bones tour with his most extravagant tour ever, Strings Attached, where he and his band will be backed every night by a full orchestra.Weird Als 14th studio album, the Grammy award-winning Mandatory Fun (2014), became the first comedy album in history to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, and the first to even reach the top of the chart since 1963. Yankovic set the U.S. record on Spotify for having the most tracks from one album in the viral top 10 at one time, taking the top four spots. In addition, the single Word Crimes debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only four artists to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other three being Michael Jackson, Madonna and U2). Al has remained active as a recording artist. June 2017 saw the release of Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Dreamworks), for which Al co-wrote and performed the films theme song. In August 2017, Al wrote and performed The North Korea Polka (Please Dont Nuke Us) for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO). In November 2017 Legacy Recordings released Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of Weird Al Yankovic, a remastered 15-disc box set (including a rarities album) plus a 120-page book of archival photos, all housed in a replica of Weird Als trademark accordion. Al also recorded cover versions of the Squidbillies theme for Adult Swim and the Ramones Beat on the Brat for a Dr. Demento compilation album, and produced remixes of two hit singles for Portugal. The Man (Feel It Still and Live in the Moment). And March 2018 brought us The Hamilton Polka, a frantic tour de force mash-up of 14 songs from the Broadway smash, commissioned by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself and released as part of his Hamildrops series. In addition to his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late 90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and numerous AL-TV specials he has made for MTV and VH1 over the years, Yankovic has remained a staple of film and television, from appearances on The Simpsons, 30 Rock, The Goldbergs and How I Met Your Mother to performing live on the Primetime Emmy Awards and starring in his own concert specials for Disney, VH1 and Comedy Central. In 2015 Yankovic took over as co-host and bandleader for the fifth season of IFCs Comedy Bang! Bang! Currently Al can be heard as the voice of the title character in Disney Channels animated series Milo Murphys Law (his other voice acting work includes appearances on Bojack Horseman, Gravity Falls, Adventure Time, My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Wander Over Yonder, and the DC animated feature Batman vs. Robin). Yankovic added New York Times bestselling author to his resum in 2011 with the release of his childrens book, When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), followed two years later

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