Weird Al Yankovic

ImageDo not make eye contact…repeat, do not make eye contact when the genius king of pop parody humbly mingles with us mere humans. Weird Al is NOT a nerdcore artist (he has a separate Kingdom of Yankovicite on Planet Tatooine) but is revered by nerdcorites everywhere. This accordion junkie and satirist prodigy with ringlets ‘straight outta Lynwood’ is best known for his farcical songs that deconstruct pop culture – often lampooning the too-earnest tracks of his contemporaries.

This caricaturing National Forensic League Scholar has sold more than 12 million albums, blasting every other comedy act in history out of orbit! He’s recorded more than 150 parody and original songs and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.

He has also polka-ed his way to three Grammy Awards and four Gold records. Oh, and he went Platinum, Big Willie style. Six times, b*tches. Eat it, indeed.

Alfred, Yankovic’s birth name (which means sage, wise and elvin – yes, elvin, as in elf friend or elf counsel – bow, Lord of the Rings aficionados, bow), has also written and starred in his own film and television show, and directed music videos for other artists and himself. Remember the 80’s? Well, the universe desperately NEEDED a fat, white Michael Jackson… Weird Al didn’t shy away from the challenge, or the fat suit. In fact, over the decades he’s given us the belly laughs we’ve yearned for. And, sometimes, he’s even riding on a Segue while doing it.

He’ll “ace any trivia quiz you bring on” and is also “fluent in JavaScript as well as Klingon.” But he knows in his heart that the world thinks he’s “white & nerdy. Really, really…white and nerdy.”

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