After over a week of releasing music videos and an over 30-year career of parodying pop songs, Weird Al Yankovic has finally reached the #1 spot on the Billboard charts with his latest album Mandatory Fun, selling over 104,700 copies last week. Yankovic announced the news today via Twitter and extended his gratitude to fans: "If you'd told me 30 years ago this would happen, I never would've believed it. If you told me 2 WEEKS ago, I never would've believed it … I'm so pleased everybody is enjoying the album, and I'm enormously grateful for everyone's support. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU."
In case you missed it, here's all the big comedy stuff that happened this week:
-Broadway great and 30 Rock scene stealer Elaine Stritch passed away at 89.
-SNL has begun its change-ups for next season: Brooks Wheelan announced that he had been fired from the show, which was quickly followed with the news that John Milhiser, Noel Wells and Nasim Pedrad will also not be returning. SNL [...]
To coincide with the release of his new album Mandatory Fun, "Weird Al" Yankovic did a question and answer session on Reddit, which was full of funny and interesting responses. Yankovic delves into a whole slew of different topics about his career, like how making song parodies is different now than it was 30 years ago, a studio's plans to "make him their new Woody Allen" in the '80s, and why Mandatory Fun might be his final album.
Click through to read some of Yankovic's best responses from yesterday's AMA:
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"Weird Al" Yankovic's 13th album, entitled Mandatory Fun, is set to come out on July 15th. There are few details about the album, his first since 2011's Alpocalypse, right now beyond the recently-unveiled cover art, which depicts "Weird Al" as a military leader on a Russian propaganda poster. A track listing has yet to be released, but there are two tiny pieces of information out there right now:
1. Patton Oswalt listened to the album early back in May and tweeted, "Just listened to Al Yankovic's upcoming album and I am in awe. He satirizes a band I've worshiped since the 90s and it…is…beautiful."
2. TMZ caught "Weird Al" [...]