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The Unofficial Blog about Weird Al Yankovic

June 01, 2012

WASF update

Just wanted to give everyone a quick update.

The nomination for Al’s 2013 star has been sent and received by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. The nomination deadline was yesterday at noon, but we got the necessary forms in with plenty of time to spare.

As always, I strongly feel Al’s qualification more than support his case, and Al will get a star one day. I hope this year, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce makes the right overdue decision and gives Al his star.


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June 21, 2011

The list of Walk Of Fame recipients for 2012 is out…

…and sadly, Al did not make the list. :( Al is having a great 2011 so far. We’re around halfway in and already there’s a new album, new book, and new music video out, and new tour on the horizon. It would have been a nice feather in his cap, but I guess it wasn’t meant to be this year.

We wholeheartedly believe Al deserves a spot on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. We will be nominating Al once again next year, and we will continue to do all we can until Al gets his well-deserved star!

For a full list of Walk Of Fame recipients for 2012, check out this link.

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June 04, 2011

A busy week for Weird Al Star Fund

Hey, I hope everyone is doing well. I thought I’d give you an update on a few things going on recently since I haven’t posted here in a while.

1. We’ve nominated Al once again for 2012! The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is expected to make their decision in June. So cross your fingers, uvula, and pancreas that this is Al’s year.

2. Speaking of, if you haven’t heard by now, at the end of last year, the Hollywood Walk of Fame unexpectedly raised their price to $30,000. That leaves us just over $5,000 short again. Please visit our donation page at www.weirdalstar.com if you can help.

3. We finally got ourselves a Facebook page. So please come over to www.facebook.com/weirdalstar and give us a like, and share with your friends.

4. There’s a great brand new Weird Al tribute album coming out any day now. The album contains over an hour of amazing Weird Al tribute songs as performed by people like MC Frontalot, Shael Riley, Nuclear Bubble Wrap, mc chris, Steve Goodie, Al’s Band, MC Lars and many, many others. You can preorder and get more details over at www.weirdaltribute.com. A portion of their sales are being donated to the Weird Al Star Fund.

5. And speaking of tributes, there another Weird Al Star Fund benefit show planned for July 13 at 8 PM at diPiazza in Long Beach, CA. Raymond & Scum, Tony Goldmark, Throwing Toasters, Dino-Mike, and TV’s Kyle will be performing. More details can be found at www.weirdalstar.com/tributeshow2011.html. A portion of their ticket sales are being donated to the Weird Al Star Fund as well.

That should keep you guys busy until next update. I’ll be in touch if any other big news breaks. Enjoy the ALPOCALYPSE on June 21!

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July 24, 2010

Twenty-Six and a Half: A Weird Al Tribute

Austin Aeschliman of Rycehat and Jace McLain of Nuclear Bubble Wrap are working on new Weird Al Tribute Album called “Twenty-Six and a Half.” They’ve already got over 20 deeeeeemented artists signed up to contribute, and here’s the cool part…. 40% of all sales are going to the Weird Al Star Fund!!

No release date yet, but they’re hoping to have it out by the end of 2010. Right now, they’re soliciting donations to help cover the cost of pressing the CDs. If you want to help, or see more about the project, you can do so here.

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May 28, 2010

Weird Al Star Fund update

Hey everyone,

It’s been a while since I gave an update, so I wanted to remind you all it’s that time again! Today was the deadline for getting applications in for the next batch of stars. We’re good there, we already sent in our updates last week, so now we just need your help sending good vibes to Hollywood. Cross your fingers, toes, arms, legs, eyes, and whatever other body parts are flexible enough. Whatever it is that brings good luck!

I’ve always maintained that Al’s accomplishments more than make him worthy of having a star, so now it’s just up to the committee make the right call. Based on previous experience, they will likely meet over the next week or two, and we should have their decisions shortly after.

Next month is already going to be pretty exciting for Al and his fans, with his international tour kicking off on June 16, in Rehoboth, DE. How cool would it be if we got the thumbs up this year to coincide with the start of the tour? Now that would be awesome!


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May 30, 2009

Good Luck Al!

I know it’s been kind of quiet on the Weird Al Star Fund lately, but I just wanted to let everyone know that, yesterday, our application extension, along with a few updates on Al’s recent and future projects, was hand-delivered to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is expected to release their list of new stars for 2010 some time in June. When I hear the news, I’ll keep everyone updated.


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June 19, 2008

No star for Weird Al in 2009

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce published their list of recipients for stars in 2009 earlier today, and once again, Al was not selected among the 25 announced celebrities. It baffles me how they can continuously overlook the best-selling musical comedy recording artist in history, at what is arguably the height of his career.

Recipients included Hugh Jackman, Ben Kingsley, The Village People, Tinkerbell, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, Cameron Diaz, Robert Downey Jr., Tim Burton, Leslie Caron, Charles Durning, Ralph Fiennes, William Petersen, Kyra Sedgwick, John Stamos, Mark Burnett, Chuck Lorre, Kenny “Baby Face” Edmonds, Dave Koz, The Miracles, Doug Morris, Rush, Shakira, KFI radio personality Bill Handel and KCRW host Harry Shearer.

This is not the news we were all hoping for, but it’s not over. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure Al eventually gets his well-deserved star, and of course, we will resubmit the application again next year. Hopefully the Chamber will then correct their mistake.

But let’s end this update on some upbeat news — the summer tour kicks off in a little over a week! There are 45 scheduled dates in North America. If you get the opportunity to attend one near you, it’s an adventure you don’t want to miss! Also, Al has been hinting in recent interviews that there are some pretty exciting projects in the works. I would expect we’ll hear more about them as the year goes on. 2008 once again, is shaping up to be another great year to be an Al fan!

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February 10, 2008

New auction to benefit Weird Al Star Fund

New auction just listed for Weird Al Star Fund. Full color “Weird Al” Yankovic art commission by Aron + t-shirt. Don’t miss out on it!

Bid early. Bid often.

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January 30, 2008

New design available in the Weird Al Star Fund store!

Be sure to check out our merchandise shop, because a cool new design is available, featured on shirts such as this one and this one.

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December 19, 2007

2008 Weird Al Star Fund calendar now available!

The Weird Al Star Fund ALendar is DONE!

Weird Al Star Fund
( click image to view all months or go to www.CafePress.com/WeirdAlStar)

This calendar was once again another community project featuring photos from a few of your fellow Weird Al fans who have managed to snag some sweet shots over the past year on the Straight Outta Lynwood tour. There’s so many great pictures out there that this just scratches the surface of what’s available, but we hope you enjoy it and display it proudly in your home, office, shack in the woods, or wherever you may need to be reminded of what month it is.

Quickie photo credits:

Cover: DrSteggy

January: DrSteggy
February: Fred/DrSteggy
March: Jigawatt/Fred
April: Kristine
May: DrSteggy
June: clockwise from top-left: Fred/DrSteggy/Fred/Fred
July: Kristine
August: Fred/Jigawatt
September: Jigawatt
October: Kristine
November: Kristine
December: DrSteggy (Background), clockwise from top-left: gtrmu, Jigawatt, Jigawatt, Fred

The new year is almost upon us! Why are you still reading this? Go buy it already!

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