Come join Dr. Demento at AL FEST, a “Weird Al” Yankovic fan convention and celebration of comedy music, to be held 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, Calif. Admission is $50 per person age 11 and up, $30 for children 5 to 10. Tickets are available on the event website at www.alfest2009.com.
Dr. Demento will open the event and share never before seen clips from his new show on the online television station called “The Real UHF.” Other AL FEST highlights include a presentation by Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Yankovic’s drummer since 1981, a slack key guitar performance by Jim “Kimo” West, Yankovic’s guitar player since 1982, a performance by Ruben Valtierra, Weird Al’s keyboard player, and a “UHF” 20th anniversary celebrity panel featuring Dr. Demento, Victoria Jackson, Gedde Watanabe and the film’s director/co-writer Jay Levey.
The convention concludes with a screening of Yankovic’s 1989 debut feature film and cult classic, “UHF”, complete with costumed participants acting out the action on screen in the style of the midnight shadow casting made popular by the fans of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” In 2002 “UHF”(which Yankovic co-wrote and starred in) became an instant top ten bestseller upon its release on DVD.
Other events at AL FEST include live performances by comedy musicians, an auction of Weird Al memorabilia, photo op and autograph sessions with stars from UHF and some members of Yankovic’s band, a trivia contest and a Weird Al fan variety show. Fans from across the United States, Europe, Asia and South America have already bought tickets to attend. To make the event truly global, organizers are offering free tickets to the first fans who register from Africa and Australia (airfare not included).