Let's get right to it: below is an unnecessarily analytical and even more unnecessarily expansive ranking of all of pop song parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic's polka medleys.
You know about the polka medleys, right? I mean, you know Weird Al, of course. He's the guy who does parody songs ("Eat It," "White N' Nerdy,", "Amish Paradise," "Tacky"), which he has been doing since 1983. Well, Al also does this thing once per album where he covers a bunch of pop songs in a polka-style medley. If you're a "Weird Al" fan, you look forward to them. They're a thing and they're pretty great.1
Reggie Watts, the undisputed king of looped improvised musical comedy, has a new song up on JASH. The video for "Sects" features Watts and dancer Amy O'Neal, and is as mellow and silly as his fans would expect. Watts was one of the founders of the JASH YouTube channel, alongside Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, and Tim & Eric.
The Lonely Island put out this video to announce a new weekly holiday, Wack Wednesdays. Leading up to the June 11th release of their new album The Wack Album, they'll be dropping a new video or song on their YouTube page every Wednesday. That's five entire Wednesdays of new content, guys.
Jack Black and Kyle Gass, members of the comedy rock outfit Tenacious D, spoke to Rolling Stone today on their 20th anniversary as a band, and they laid out plans to hold a festival featuring all of the biggest names in comedy music. Dubbed "Festival Supreme," it's "a fuckin' Super Bowl of comedy-rock" in the vein of Coachella or Bonnaroo taking place on the Santa Monica Pier on October 19th of this year. Nobody's been booked for the event beyond Tenacious D, but Black rattled off his dream list of performers, which includes Flight of the Conchords, Lonely Island, Zach Galifianakis, Spinal Tap, Eric Idle, Tim Minchin, Neil [...]
Garfunkel and Oates are heading out on tour. The musical comedy duo, made up of Riki Lindhome and Kate Micucci, is set to hit 14 major US cities starting on August 22nd, THR reports. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am. Lindhome and Micucci's new TV series, also titled Garfunkel and Oates, premieres on IFC on August 7th, just a couple weeks prior to the start of the tour. Garfunkel and Oates' tour will be part of the Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, making them the first comedy act featured in the annual tour that's featured acts like Iggy Azalea, Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar and Of [...]
One of the sharpest wits of the 1950s and ‘60s was Tom Lehrer, the mathematician-turned-satirist who sang and performed blackly comic songs lampooning social norms, musical genres and the headlines of the day. In his foreword to the CD collection The Remains of Tom Lehrer, Dr. Demento calls Lehrer “the most brilliant song satirist ever recorded,” and “Weird Al” Yankovic has referred to him as “the J.D. Salinger of demented music.” Yet for all this, Lehrer remains little-known to many contemporary comedy aficionados. This is unfortunate, because though his catalog is relatively limited — a few dozen songs — each is a gem, brimming with biting humor and genuine musical [...]
Here's the inspiring trailer for Disarmed, a documentary that guitar-playing stand-up Nick Thune made about returning to the stage after he broke his arm, an accident that tragically left him unable to play the guitar for six weeks. The doc is set to debut next month on the YouTube comedy channel JASH, but you might as well just give Nick Thune his Oscar now.
The Lonely Island announced this weekend that their third album, which is called The Wack Album, will be released on June 11th. The musical comedy trio – made up of Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer – released this collective statement in a press release: "We’re decidedly pumped to share another collection of our fake raps with the world. We’ve heard the whole thing and there’s no denying, it exists." Their first album since 2011's Turtleneck & Chain, The Wack Album's title track is "YOLO," which they debuted as an SNL digital short featuring Kendrick Lamar and Adam Levine in January. The Dudes are doing their first-ever live show in conjunction with [...]
Admit it, you've always wanted to hear Chevy Chase rap. Yes, Chevy Chase released a musical comedy album back in 1980, and the self-titled record is available streaming in its entirety below, thanks to Archive.org. Believe it or not, the album's not great, and Chevy Chase's biggest contribution to music is still that song he plays on the keys when trying to woo Judge Smails's niece in Caddyshack.
The 2014 lineup of Tenacious D's comedy rock event Festival Supreme was announced today, and it includes a ton of famous funny people. Currently set to appear in the festival — which is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th in Los Angeles — are The State, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, the Workaholics crew, Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Scott Aukerman, Jenny Slate, Eric Andre, Bo Burnham, and many more. Click through to see the full-size poster with the complete lineup.
Here's the latest song from The Lonely Island as part of their series Wack Wednesdays in which they're dropping a new song or video every Wednesday until the release of their new album, The Wack Album. Called "Semicolon," the track finds Lonely Islanders Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, and Akiva Schaffer backed up by Solange, and it may just be the best grammar-related rap song ever.
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts is currently filming the second season of IFC's Comedy Bang Bang, and he just released two music videos for the new YouTube channel JASH, which he's collaborating on with Michael Cera, Sarah Silverman, and Tim & Eric. Watts sat down for a question-and-answer session on Reddit yesterday, and here are all the best bits and pieces from it:
On Comedy Bang Bang Season 2:
We're halfway through filming season 2 of Comedy Bang Bang. Scott is one of the smartest, funniest guys I know and it's a pleasure to work with him. We goof around and make bad puns to each other a lot.
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