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April 20, 2011

The (Gaga) Saga Begins

Celebrity gossip site TMZ has an article:

Lady Gaga is adamant … she did NOT ban Weird Al Yankovic from parodying her hit song “Born This Way” — despite Al’s accusation that the pop star shut him down hard recently.

And the New York Times managed to catch up with Al shortly after the song was posted. So they got to dig deep, peel back the layers, and expose the real Al and the story behind the story. What will happen next in this saga? Will she publically announce her blessing for this song? Would she make a guest appearance in a video if she did? Will she reveal she’s really Justin Bieber’s mother? How should I know?

Of course, none of this should really matter since Al originally got permission for Madonna to do a parody of her work over 20 years ago. #addingfueltothefire.

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April 01, 2011

Vogue declares Poodle Hats all the rage

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All across Antarctica, people are grabbing live poodles and balancing them gingerly atop their heads.  Why?  Vogue Magazine finally published the results of a 50-year web survey asking college students in Northern Wisconsin what they’d like to see become the next big thing.   Someone had hacked their way into the survey’s database and changed all the answers.   As we all know, a survey is a binding contract, so Poodle Hats are now what the fashionistas are wearing.

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February 28, 2011

A really fine jelly bean and pickle sandwich

For what it’s worth, a new documentary film on the founder of the Jelly Belly brand jelly bean is just being released. To you, this news probably doesn’t amount to a hill of beans, but if you watch the trailer here, you might see why this film is getting a mention here.
YouTube Preview Image During the opening theme for The Weird Al Show, Al sang that he made a really fine jelly bean and pickle sandwich. If anyone could combine those two tastes and just make pickle flavor jelly bellies, it would this guy!

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February 09, 2011

An interview for English, baby!

So Al has been doing all sorts of interviews to promote his new book When I Grow Up. It seems like things are going pretty well, and here’s another interview from the folks over at English, baby.

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January 15, 2011

Book signing in Princeton, NJ

Weird Al is launching his children’s picture book, When I Grow Up, on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 at 6:30 pm at the Barnes & Noble, 3535 US Route 1 South in the MarketFair Mall, Princeton, NJ. Ticket distribution begins at 4:00 pm on February 1, 2011. Seating is on a first-come/first seated basis.

More details here.

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November 13, 2010

Puppy Love

Weird Al tweets:

Today is the day that the shelter WOULD have put down our new dog. You hear that, Bambu?? You OWE me!!

Hee hee.  Well, here’s several ways that Bambu could repay Al…

  1. Bark just before Al takes a bite out of a really old lingonberry muffin, thereby saving his life.
  2. Stop burying Al’s Grammys in the backyard.
  3. Whiz on the grave of his arch-nemesis:  Rue McClanahan.  Not the actress, someone else.  She knows what she did!
  4. Cold hard cash.
  5. Become radioactive, then bite Al’s pinky toe, thus giving him awesome superpowers like mind-control over fleas (including the musician).

There, that should just about cover it.  Any other ideas on puppy payback?

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September 12, 2010

R.I.P. R.J. Fletcher

The actor, Kevin McCarthy, who played super villain R.J. Fletcher, Sr. in UHF died of natural causes yesterday, September 11, 2010. He was 96. Our condolences to the family of Mr. McCarthy. I personally will remember Mr. McCarthy for his role in UHF, and his role as the mayor in The Weird Al Show‘s “60% Chance Of Rain” skit. R.I.P. Kevin McCarthy. :(

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May 07, 2010

One Weird Project

A few days ago, Weird Al had posted this mock cover of MAD magazine with himself and Alfred E. Newman.   Where did it come from?  How did it get here?  Where in heck am I?

It turns out that long time friend Sandra Boynton commissioned Tom Richmond, an illustrator from MAD magazine,  to create the artwork as a belated 50th birthday gift for Al.  How awesome is that?  Check out the full story on Tom’s blog.

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April 01, 2010

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Weird Al Branches Out To Parodying Everything

Unsatisfied with having parodied only music and movies, Weird Al Yankovic has invested billions of dollars he found in his living room sofa to create parodies of everything else in the world.  For starters, he’s created a chain of “Beast Buy” stores, “Burper King” restaurants, and even “CitiYank” banks.  Next up on the list, Al says he plans on parodying more imaginative concepts like “euphoria” and “tastes like purple”.

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