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The Unofficial Blog about Weird Al Yankovic

July 20, 2009

Happy 20th anniversary “UHF”

Twenty years ago today, Al’s first and only full length feature film made its debut in theaters! Happy anniversary “UHF”!!

And if you’re wondering what some of the cast is up to nowadays, you can catch Victoria Jackson, Gedde Watanabe, David Bowe, and Jay Levey at AL FEST on August 1, in Costa Mesa, CA! Hope to see ya there!!

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June 24, 2009

Come see Dr. Demento at AL FEST!

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).

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May 26, 2009

AL FEST auction items

The AL FEST website has just been updated with the auction items and… wow! :D There is some really cool and really rare stuff there from the personal collection of Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, so check it out! You need to be at AL FEST to bid, so if you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, what are you waiting for?

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May 13, 2009

AL FEST press release

‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Fans Invade Orange County August 1

COSTA MESA, Calif., May 11 /PRNewswire/ — AL FEST, a “Weird Al” Yankovic fan convention and celebration of comedy music, will be held 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, Calif. Admission is $47 per person age 11 and up, $27 for children 5 to 10. Tickets are available on the event website at http://www.alfest2009.com.

Convention 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; and a “UHF” 20th anniversary celebrity panel featuring 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, and a Weird Al fan variety show. Fans from across the United States, Europe 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, Asia and Australia (airfare not included).

Three decades into his celebrated career, Yankovic is still going strong. He is currently creating an Epcot-like attraction called “Al’s Brain: A Journey Through the Human Brain,” which will feature exhibits on the brain and a 3-D movie starring Yankovic. The attraction’s world premiere is July 10, 2009 at the Orange County Super Fair in Costa Mesa and will then travel to fairs and festivals throughout North America. Weird Al fans traveling to Southern California for AL FEST will have the opportunity to receive unlimited fast pass access (no waiting in line) to the “Al’s Brain” attraction for the Friday preceding or the Sunday following the event.

Yankovic (who is not scheduled to attend AL FEST) has reigned for three decades as the most successful musical comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold, three Grammy Awards (nine nominations), 10 MTV/VH1 specials, and CBS television series.

Yankovic is known for parodies of the biggest stars in the musical universe, from Madonna and Michael Jackson to U2 and Mick Jagger — all with full blessings of the artists. He has amassed 38 Gold and Platinum albums and singles.

Born October 23, 1959 in Lynwood, Calif., Yankovic became known in 1979, when as a college disc jockey he recorded “My Bologna,” a spoof of the Knack’s “My Sharona,” in the bathroom of the campus radio station at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. His career took off when the song became a sensation on radio’s nationally syndicated “Dr. Demento Show.”

For interviews, contact Vikki DeVries at 619-540-3054 or vikki@alfest2009.com

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April 22, 2009

AL FEST

Hey everybody, I’ve been given the okay to announce the official website for AL FEST is ready to go! So, here it is…

AL FEST is an all day celebration, named for our favorite comedy musician, “Weird Al” Yankovic, being held at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, CA, on Saturday, August 1, 2009.

Special events include a presentation by Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Al’s drummer since 1981, a slack-key guitar performance by Jim “Kimo” West, Al’s guitar player since 1982, and a “UHF” 20th anniversary celebrity panel featuring Victoria Jackson, Gedde Watanabe, and Jay Levey!

Please visit the website for additional activities, rumors, gossip, innuendo and news flashes.

See ya there! :D

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January 30, 2009

AL FEST 2009 musical guests!

We’re thrilled to announce that Throwing Toasters, Jake Waters, and Tony Goldmark all will be performing LIVE at AL FEST 2009!

August 1, 2009
Orange County, CA

Tune into http://www.myspace.com/alfest2009 for all the latest updates!

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January 24, 2009

AL FEST coming August 1, 2009!

Set your calendars to August 1, 2009 for AL FEST: The “Weird Al” Yankovic Fan Convention!! The exact location hasn’t been settled on yet, but we do know it will be in or near Orange County in Southern California.

Keep either July 31 or August 2 (the day before and the day after Al Fest) free for pilgrimages to the OC Fair to see the Al’s Brain attraction. Oh, and plan to be up very late–past midnight–on Saturday, August 1. Get your rest–it’s going to be a long day. More info about that later…

But what we can tell you right now is that it promises to be everything you want in a Weird Al fan convention. There will be lip-sync/karaoke, or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the professional comedy musicians who will be performing live, and lots more to be announced shortly! And you know Bermuda, that guy who drums in Al’s Band? Yeah, he’ll be there too!!

Hope to see you there! Join us at http://www.myspace.com/alfest2009 for the latest updates!

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