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"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic

 

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Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (/ˈjæŋkəvɪk/ YANG-kə-vik; born October 23, 1959)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, film/record producer, satirist, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light of popular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts, original songs that are style pastiches of the work of other acts, and polka medleys of several popular songs, featuring his favored instrument, the accordion.

Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007),[2] recorded more than 150 parody and original songs,[3][4][5] and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.[6] His works have earned him four Grammy Awards and a further eleven nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single ("White & Nerdy") were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career. His latest album, Mandatory Fun (2014), became his first number-one album during its debut week.

Yankovic's success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song's original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben Folds, Hanson, The Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. With the decline of music television and the onset of social media, Yankovic used YouTube and other video sites to publish his videos; this strategy proved integral helping to boost sales of his later albums including Mandatory Fun. Yankovic has stated that he may forgo traditional albums in favor of timely releases of singles and EPs following on this success.

In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF (1989) and The Weird Al Show (1997). He has also made guest appearances and performed voice acting roles on many television shows and video web content, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV.[1] He has also written two children's books, When I Grow Up and My New Teacher and Me!

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The Hamilton Polka
Song
The Hamilton Polka is a song by musical artist "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on March 2, 2018.
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic
 
Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of "Weird Al" Yankovic is a 15-album box set by American comedy musician "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on November 24, 2017.
Captain Underpants Theme Song
Song
Captain Underpants Theme Song is a song by musical artist "Weird Al" Yankovic, released on May 12, 2017.
Sandy Wexler
 
Sandy Wexler is a 2017 American comedy film directed by Steven Brill and written by Dan Bulla, Paul Sado and Adam Sandler.

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‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Wrote a NY Times Crossword Puzzle, and It’s Pretty Cheesy
  –  April 4, 2018
“Weird Al” Yankovic: Master parodist. Accordion maestro. Budding guitar god. And now, it turns out, crossword-puzzle author. “Eat It” singer Yankovic co-wrote Wednesday’s edition of the New York Times crossword puzzle, and as you might expect ...
Weird Al Week continues with a conversation about why we love Weird Al
  –  April 4, 2018
The Avalon Atmospheric Theater and Milwaukee Record are teaming up to screen the “Weird Al” Yankovic classic UHF! It’s the reason movies were invented. All tickets are[...] Though you probably know him better as the singer of Old 97’s, Rhett Miller ...
'Weird' Al Writes Cheese Pun-Filled 'New York Times' Crossword
  –  April 4, 2018
"Weird" Al Yankovic has gifted the journalism world a pimento-styled ... of Weird Al practically from the moment he first emerged on the scene" and praised the singer's unique verbal style. "His lyrics were clearly the product of somebody with a puzzler's ...
Cheesy Stuff
  –  April 4, 2018
WEDNESDAY PUZZLE — If you have spent enough time admiring those who twist words and bend them to their punny wills, you have probably stumbled upon the brilliant work of Weird Al Yankovic ... What a coincidence. The singer SARA Bareilles is in the ...
Live Music Calendar - April 4-11
  –  April 4, 2018
Christian singer Kitty Cleveland in concert ... 423-757-5580, www.tivolichattanooga.com. » Friday, April 13: "Weird Al" Yankovic. Sold out. » Saturday, April 14: Phillip Phillips. Sold out.
Singer & Songwriter, Don McLean’s New Album ‘Botanical Gardens’ Out Now
  –  March 23, 2018
New York, NY – -(Ammoland.com)-Iconic American singer, songwriter and performer Don McLean ... Chet Atkins, Garth Brooks, Weird Al Yankovic, George Michael, Josh Groban, Ellie Goulding, Coolio and Ed Sheeran. His biggest hit, “American Pie,” was ...
Alan Jackson, Ron White lead Pittsburgh concert weekend
  –  March 22, 2018
So don't expect the "Don't Rock the Jukebox" singer to delve too deeply into rock ... Nearly 35 years into his recording career, "Weird Al" Yankovic is still making music history. Yankovic's new single "The Hamilton Polka" debuted a No. 1 on Billboard's ...
Kevin Hart, 'Weird Al Yankovic,' Lyle Lovett and Shawn Colvin: 5 shows to see this week (March 11 to 17)
  –  March 13, 2018
In 2016 singer/songwriter Logan Mize made waves during a two-month ... Must be 21 or older to attend this event. "Weird Al" Yankovic is a renowned comedian and is considered one of the world's foremost musical satirists. The four-time Grammy Award-Winning ...
Caesars is about to get 'weird' this Friday
  –  March 11, 2018
"Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D," from 1984 ... Expect to hear his hits such as “Eat It,” “I love Rocky Road” and more. The nerdy-looking singer has managed to poke fun at a multitude of major performers in all genres of popular music.
All the entertainment events, eight days of the week
  –  January 5, 2018
(541-683-4368) “A Chorus Line” — Singer/dancers who make up the ensemble of a ... Floater — Album release party, 9 p.m. May 19, WOW Hall, $15, $12 advance, TicketWeb. “Weird Al“ Yankovic, Emo Philips — 8 p.m. May 24, McDonald Theatre, $ ...

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