Weird Al dropped his first Mandatory Fun music video today for "Tacky," which turns out is a parody of Pharrell's hit single "Happy." It includes a bunch of great comedy people happily dancing around while dressed up in awful neon getups too.
Look, the Grammys have always been sort of out of touch when it comes to comedy, often choosing safe, unchallenging stand-up albums over cutting edge great ones. Occasionally, outstanding stuff seeps through (like Louis C.K.'s Hilarious, which won the prize last year), but it's pretty rare. The 2013 Grammy nominees were announced today, and in the category of Best Comedy Album, voters played it pretty safe and proved to be woefully ignorant of some amazing work done by comedians this past year. Here are this year's nominees for Best Comedy Album:
Lewis Black – In God We Rust
Margaret Cho – Cho Dependent (Live in Concert)
Jimmy Fallon – [...]
While suffering through a technical glitch-ridden phone call (on my end. All on my end.) and a surprise visit from Housekeeping, the gracious Margaret Cho talked with me about her Grammy-nominated musical comedy album Cho Dependent (out Nov. 21 on DVD), her ever-increasing love for stand-up and the fate of those who just couldn't hang on.
I know you must be getting a lot of questions about Cho Dependent [nominated for Best Comedy Album in 2010]. I'm interested in why you decided to move into musical comedy at this point in your career. Was it always something you had in the back of your mind?
Well, I've been around [...]