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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."

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.

Patton Oswalt, Thomas Lennon, and Ben Garant Join Weird Al in Lorde Parody "Foil"

Back today with Mandatory Fun music video #3 after "Tacky" and "Word Crimes," here's Weird Al with his Lorde parody "Foil" featuring some great tips for optimal food storage, Patton Oswalt, and Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant as a pair of top secret government employees. If you haven't purchased the album yet, head over to Amazon to get it on CD, MP3, or vinyl.

When Johnny Carson Just Didn't Know What to Make of Weird Al

The Paley Center for Media, which has locations in both New York and LA, dedicates itself to the preservation of television and radio history. Inside their vast archives of more than 150,000 television shows, commercials, and radio programs, there are thousands of important and funny programs waiting to be rediscovered by comedy nerds like you and me. Each week, this column will highlight a new gem waiting for you at the Paley Library to quietly laugh at. (Seriously, it’s a library, so keep it down.)

I feel like every article written about "Weird Al" Yankovic since, oh, let's say 2001, begins with a thesis statement that basically amounts to [...]

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'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.

Weird Al's Week of Awesomeness Continues with Robin Thicke Parody "Word Crimes"

After yesterday's "Tacky," Weird Al just released his second music video today — a parody of "Blurred Lines" called "Word Crimes" that's a great tribute to grammar nerds everywhere despite his questionably flexible take on the Oxford comma. Today is also the official release date for Mandatory Fun, so you can head over to Weird Al's website to buy the album and start memorizing lyrics like it's fifth grade all over again.

Behold the Full Track List for Weird Al's 'Mandatory Fun'

Ahead of the release of his new album Mandatory Fun next Tuesday, Weird Al recently unveiled the full track list online so fans can start speculating about what they can expect to see when he starts dropping one music video a day starting next Monday, July 14th. Nerdist rounded up some of the theories about which songs Yankovic has chosen to parody this year — "Foil" as Lorde's "Royals," "Tacky" as Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," "Handy" as Pharrell's "Happy," and "Word Crimes" as a take on Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines." Click through for the full Mandatory Fun track list.

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."

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:

Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black Join Weird Al in "Tacky" Music Video

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.