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Weird Al’s ‘Mandatory Fun’ Becomes First No. 1 Comedy Album in Half a Century

Last week, “Weird Al” Yankovic took the internet by storm when he relentlessly debuted 8 music videos including parodies of everything from Pharrell’s “Happy” to Lorde’s “Royals” in order to celebrate the release of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun, on July 15. In addition to the success of the hilarious and star-studded music videos, Yankovic reached a monumental achievement of his lengthy 28-year music career:

As of this morning, Mandatory Fun has topped the charts, making it Yankovic’s first ever number 1 album on the Billboard 200. Even more impressive, the record is the first number 1 comedy …


Weird Al Apologizes For “Highly Offensive Slur”

Did you know that the term ‘spastic’ is considered a derogatory term for people with cerebral palsy in certain parts of the world? Neither did Weird Al.

The last week has seen Weird Al making headlines around the globe for the release of his hilarious new studio album, Mandatory Fun. Over the weekend, however, Al and his team learned several people were not laughing along because they felt the parody king had crossed a line with the release of his promotional single “Word Crimes.”

In “Word Crimes,” his parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Yankovic offers the …


Weird Al Puts Together A Rockabilly Scrapbook In “Lame Claim To Fame” Video

We are nearing the end of Weird Al‘s #8videos8days and, in doing so, we’ve moved from parodies of specific songs to genre riffs with a general comedic premise.

“Lame Claim To Fame” is, according to Wikipedia, a “style parody of Southern Culture on the Skids,” and it takes on the guise of the sick bragger in all of us. If you have a story about how you waited on Ryan Reynolds one time or got a high five from Channing Tatum, you’ve earned a place in this pop-up scrapbook.

It isn’t the most inspired or enjoyable of the Mandatory


Weird Al Releases “Sports Song” Music Video

The eight crazy days of Weird Al videos continues this afternoon with the premiere of the official visuals for “Sports Song.”

So far this week, the videos Weird Al has shared off his new album Mandatory Fun have featured parodies of popular top 40 hits. “Sports Song” is more of an original track, using the backbone of a marching band to emphasize the idea of live athletics, and the video has similarly fitting visuals. You can view the clip, which premiered on Funny Or Die, at the end of this post.

We have been talking about Mandatory Fun a lot …


Weird Al Has No Time For Excess, Gets Down, Dirty, And “Handy” In Riff On “Fancy”

It’s day four of Weird Al Watch. As we head into the halftime of his eight-videos-in-eight-days mission, Weird Al offers to get lacquer off our furniture and get those nasty heating bills down in “Handy,” which, unfortunately, doesn’t quite have the star-studded twist of yesterday’s “Foil.” “Handy” still serves up some quality Weird Al, as even the weirdest handyman agrees that duct tape fixes everything.

All of these songs – “Handy” joins “Tacky,” “Word Crimes,” and “Foil” – come off Weird Al’s now-available fourteenth album, Mandatory Fun. Glancing over the tracklist, it seems …

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Stream Weird Al’s New Album, ‘Mandatory Fun,’ In Full

I don’t know about you, but I have spent the last couple of days anxiously waiting to see what top 40 song Weird Al parodied next. “Tacky” reminded us why he has stayed relevant all these years, but it wasn’t until “Word Crimes” that I felt confident in saying Al is delivering some of the best work of his career at this very moment.

The videos should have made this point clear, but Weird Al has a new album to promote. Mandatory Fun is Al’s fourteenth studio album, and according to the legendary performer it could …


Weird Al Parodies Lorde, Releases Video For “Foil”

Weird Al promised the internet eight straight days of new music videos, and this afternoon the third consecutive clip made its world premiere on CollegeHumor.

If you were alive and conscious at any point during the back half of 2013 then you no doubt discovered, fell in love with, and eventually became annoyed by Lorde’s breakout single “Royals.” The pop-and-snap track made the sixteen year old vocalist an international sensation, and now, thanks to Weird Al, it has been given new life in the form of a parody titled “Foil.” Yes, like the stuff you use to make a …


Weird Al Flips The Script On “Blurred Lines,” Teaches Grammar In “Word Crimes”

Weird Al” Yankovic released a new album today. Bearing the oxymoronic title Mandatory Fun, the album is Yankovic’s last on his current contract with RCA, making him an independent artist for the time being. He’s been doing the rounds on podcasts – Comedy Bang Bang, Doug Loves Movies, and more – to promote the album. More notably, though, Weird Al is releasing eight music videos in eight days.

For the first one, the “Happy”-aping “Tacky,” Weird Al enlisted Jack Black, Kristen Schaal, Eric Stonestreet, Margaret Cho, and Aisha Tyler to get gaudy and dance. That …


Weird Al Parodies “Happy” With “Tacky”

Whoever said parodies are dead has not spoken with Weird Al recently because the king of turning top 40 hits into side-splitting originals has once again outdone himself with his latest single.

For the better part of the last year radio stations worldwide have been obsessed with a little song by Pharrell called “Happy.” You may know it as the song your little sister won’t stop singing, or that track from Despicable Me 2 that no one cared about until it was nominated for a Grammy. Either way, we have a parody for you. Emerging from the studio just in …


‘Weird Al’ Yankovic To Release New Album Next Month

Three years have passed since ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic released a new album, but next month fans of parodies worldwide will have plenty to write home about when the songwriter’s new record finally arrives in stores.

Teasing a ‘big cryptic announcement’ early Saturday before sharing an image you can now find at the end of this post, ‘Weird Al’ chose to break the news of his latest record over Twitter before confirming the news with press outlets earlier today. No track list has been release for the album at this point, but comedian Patton Oswalt tweeted his approval for Yankovic’s new …

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Tyler the Creator, Nick Cave, Danny Elfman, and Katy Perry Working on Random Covers Record

Cover songs are a great chance to see who inspires a musician. Other times it’s a confusing crossing of genres. And sometimes, very rarely, it’s just weird.

Now, thanks to lowbrow pop artist Mark Ryden, the world gets to hear  Tyler the Creator, Nick Cave, Katy Perry, and “Weird Al” Yankovic cover “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built for Two)” for a new compilation album. Haven’t heard the song before? That’s because it’s 122 years old.

As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Ryden’s album, called The Gay Nineties Old Tyme Music: Daisy Bell, will have the above artists cover the …

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Funny Or Die Releases “Never Before Seen” Postal Service Band Auditions

The return of The Postal Service has excited millions of music fans all over the world, but what many may not know is that back in 2002 the group held auditions to find additional band members. Those tryout tapes, which until this morning had never been spoken of, have now been available to everyone thanks to folks at Funny Or Die.

In a skit released early this morning, a cast of recognizable faces from the world of comedy and music audition to join the now beloved indie pop outfit. You can view the clip, which features Jon Daly, Nate …