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'Sound Advice' Is Back with Vanessa Bayer and Weird Al Yankovic

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// Above Average's web series Sound Advice now has a new home on IFC's Comedy Crib, and its latest season premiered today with Janessa Slater (Vanessa Bayer) offering some expert music tips to Weird Al Yankovic. More stars set to meet up with Janessa this season include Chromeo, HAIM, Nick Jonas, Jenny Lewis, Leighton Meester, Sleater-Kinney, The Vamps and more.

Weird Al's Early Work Finally Emerges from the Archives

As Weird Al’s career approaches its fourth decade, his audience continues to regenerate itself and amass new generations of fans, like a snowball rolling down a hill. This is probably great for album sales as the younger set digs into the past and scoops up as much of Al history as possible, but no doubt, for many of these fans, it can also be frustrating. You see, when you have a career as long as Al’s, certain projects are going to fade away and become unavailable. Well, newer fans who have been feeling as though their collection has been incomplete can rejoice as next week sees the release of two [...]

Check Out Weird Al’s Incredible Attention to Detail in This Comparison Video

As if you needed any further proof that Weird Al is the best, here's a new video that compares eight of his parody videos side-by-side with the original, which clearly shows that Yankovic's just as good at skewering artists' music videos as he is good at skewering their songs.

Weird Al's Final 'Mandatory Fun' Music Video "Mission Statement" Is Here

Yesterday marked the final music video release for Weird Al's new album Mandatory Fun, and via WSJ, here's the business jargon-stuffed Crosby, Stills & Nash-style "Mission Statement." In case you missed any of Yankovic's videos, click through to watch them all, from the very first video "Tacky" to weekend releases "Lame Claim to Fame" and "First World Problems."

Weird Al's Iggy Azalea Parody "Handy" Is Quite Ridiculous

We're halfway through Weird Al's exciting week of music video releases for his album Mandatory Fun — watch "Tacky," "Word Crimes," and "Foil" if you haven't yet — and today he dropped the video for his Iggy Azalea parody "Handy," which includes a few scenes of Eddie Pepitone getting attacked by household appliances. Probably the coolest thing about the Mandatory Fun videos is how Yankovic has been spreading the love by releasing them on different platforms — Nerdist, VEVO, CollegeHumor, and now Yahoo Screen — because he is just the best.

Kristen Wiig Stole the Show at Last Night's Grammys

The 2015 Grammys aired last night, and ahead of his huge international tour, Weird Al Yankovic took home the award for Best Comedy Album against steep competition while Joan Rivers posthumously won her first Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for Diary of a Mad Diva. The biggest comedy-related win of the night came near the end of last night's televised ceremony, with Kristen Wiig making a surprise performance as an interpretive dancer for Sia's "Chandelier." It was weird and it was wonderful, and Wiig definitely gave Jim Carrey and Kate McKinnon a run for their money. Watch it in full below:

Weird Al Ranks His Top Five Sketch and Standup Comedy Albums

Here's a web extra from Late Night featuring guest Weird Al Yankovic, who is given the daunting task of summing up his five favorite sketch and standup comedy albums of all time. Surely no one will disagree with his picks.

Weird Al Gets His First #1 Album on the Billboard Charts with 'Mandatory Fun'

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."

This Week in Comedy: Weird Al's Still Got It

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 [...]

The Best of Weird Al's Reddit AMA

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:

Weird Al Yankovic Announces the "Mandatory World Tour"

Not long after getting his first-ever #1 album on the Billboard charts, Weird Al Yankovic has announced a huge five-month international tour called the "Mandatory World Tour." Yankovic will make a handful of stops in the US, Canada, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium, England, and Ireland from May 12th through October 6th. Check out the full list of tour dates below, then head over to Yankovic's website for ticket information.

Weird Al Fans Are Petitioning for Him to Perform at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

Between his new album, eight music videos, and #1 spot on the Billboard charts, Weird Al is definitely having a great year, and now fans want to make sure next year is just as big for Yankovic by creating a Change.com petition to have him perform at the Super Bowl halftime show. The petition reads:

For decades Weird Al has entertained fans, young and old, with his popular clever parodies and unique sense of humor. Having him headline the Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show would not only be overly accepted by the millions of views, but it would remain true to the standards and [...]

Weird Al on the Interconnectedness of Parody and Nostalgia

"Parody is, almost by nature, disposable. And yet, people like it so much. Especially if you hear it at a certain point in your life, and then hear it like a decade later, there's nostalgia attached to it. I'm sure people like a lot of my early parodies, but I think their enthusiasm at hearing it at a concert has as much to do with their personal attachment to the song as it does to the song itself."

- Weird Al in a new lengthy interview with Vice, in which he breaks down the making of his album Mandatory Fun, his recent Fox News interview, when Beyoncé [...]

Weird Al Reminds You That Your Team Sucks in "Sports Song"

It's a new day, which means there's a new Weird Al Mandatory Fun music video for your enjoyment. After "Tacky," "Word Crimes," "Foil," and yesterday's "Handy," today Yankovic dropped the video for the above original ditty "Sports Song" via Funny or Die, which is a pretty good summation of sports fans for those of us who find the whole thing pointless.