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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.

Tenacious D Wants a Festival with All the Comedy Rock Greats (Weird Al, Conchords, Spinal Tap, et al.)

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 [...]

Weird Al and Reggie Watts Jam for Tenacious D to Dance

You might be asking: Why does Weird Al dominate the song like that, basically drowning out the other three guys? But, don't worry, they were actually performing a parody of the classic polka standard "Polka Jam #4." In order to be true to the original, "Polka Jam #Fork" needed to have two fellas holding guitars but not playing them. Also, we apparently missed last week's installment of Reggie Makes Music, which featured smooth jazz artist/Jon Daly character/possessor of no barriers Barry R.

Jane Krakowski Is a Lot Like That Jenna Maroney Lady

Wow, Jane Krakowski is surprisingly similar to her character on 30 Rock. Jenna would also be really upset that her baby isn't clapping for her and excited to be on Broadway. And THRILLED to have Weird Al parody one of her songs, as he'll do later this season. By the way, the interview Jane and Jimmy discuss (in honor of Jim Carrey's 30 Rock appearance this week) is as awesome as it sounds.

Weird Al's Mean Streak

“Weird Al” Yankovic is untouchable. He’s given us so much, beginning with song parodies like “Amish Paradise” and “Fat” that are still funny upon multiple repeat listens many years later, as well as musically sound original works (“Dare to Be Stupid,” “One More Minute”), and screen entertainments such as the classic UHF and underrated Al-TV specials. Most novelty song performers end up dated, corny, and obscure, but Yankovic has been around now for more than 30 years, longer than most non-funny musicians. Today, he’s basically a part of the L.A. alt comedy community out of appreciation, nostalgia, and the fact that he’s widely regarded as one of the nicest [...]

Weird Al's New Album 'Mandatory Fun' Out July 15th

"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" [...]

Weird Al Reveals the Secrets of Comedy

"Many parodists and satirists go for the jugular, but I’ve always gone for humor that was a little less biting and derogatory. I like to say that my parodies are more of a poke in the ribs than a punch in the face."

- Weird Al to Fast Company in a delightful and detailed interview about his song-parodying process.

The Complete "Weird Al" Music Video Library

For nearly three decades “Weird Al” Yankovic has been the unparalleled master of song parody. With over 150 songs in his repertoire, he's taken on nearly every musical genre and pop culture reference imaginable. He's also created a venerable roster of hilarious and memorable music videos. When MTV was just starting out, Al became one of the first people to inject humor into the relatively new art form. And as music videos became more sophisticated, so did Al's.

Part of the appeal of Al's videos is seeing him slip into the roles of the artists he's parodying. By becoming Kurt Cobain or Lady Gaga, he tears down the artifice [...]

These Celebrity Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie Pledges Are Fun and Sometimes Scary

We'll see whatever movie you want, Weird Al, just don't tell us whose blood that is. More Tim & Eric's Billion Dollar Movie pledge videos below, featuring Paul Rudd, Andy Samberg, Rashida Jones, Fred Armisen, Seth Green, Natasha Leggero, and Michael Ian Black. It's a regular "who's who" of comedians who know how to sign their name!

The Grammys Are Coming, the Grammys Are Coming

The Grammy nominations are in, and there's a lotta comedy in there. First, the big one: Best Comedy Album. And the nominees are:

Alpocalypse – "Weird Al" Yankovic [Jive Records]

Finest Hour – Patton Oswalt [Comedy Central Records]

Hilarious – Louis C.K. [Comedy Central Records]

Kathy Griffin: 50 & Not Pregnant – Kathy Griffin [Universal Network Television]

Turtleneck & Chain – The Lonely Island [Universal Republic]

But comedians didn't restrict themselves to the comedy-specific categories alone. Both Tina Fey's Bossypants and Betty White's If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won't) are nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category. Seth MacFarlane is up for Best [...]

This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Weird Al Chats with Steve Agee

The comedy podcast universe is ever expanding, not unlike the universe universe. We're here to make it a bit smaller, a bit more manageable. There are a lot of great shows and each has a lot of great episodes, so we want to highlight the exceptional, the noteworthy. Each week our crack team of podcast enthusiasts and specialists and especially enthusiastic people will pick their favorites. Also, we'll keep you posted on the offerings from our very own podcast network. We hope to have your ears permanently plugged with the best in aural comedy.

Steve Agee Uhhh… – Weird Al MARC: Comedian and actor Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) [...]

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: Weird Al's Manager Jay Levey

This week on The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff sits down with Jay Levey, Weird Al's manager for over 30 years. In addition to managing one of the most unique and successful artists in pop music history Jay, atypically for a manager, collaborated with his client creatively. He has directed many of Al's music videos including Eat It and cowrote/directed the stone-cold classic UHF.

In this episode Jay talks about how he discovered Al, the first time they had to approach an artist for permission to parody their song, and of course UHF.

If you are still a bit skeptical and think this all sounds too good to be [...]

The "Weird Al" Yankovics of Other Musical Genres, More or Less

Funny or “novelty” music is nothing new — Spike Jonze, Stan Freberg and Tom Lehrer were doing their funny musical shtick way back in the ’50s. The most famous funny musician of all-time, however, is undoubtedly “Weird Al” Yankovic, whose 30-year career has made him one of the most durable musicians of any kind, parodist or not. But Yankovic primarily covers Top 40 and mainstream rock, leaving the door wide open for acts in other genres to step up and be the “Weird Al” of their own particular style of music—or at least that’s their hope.

2 Live Jews (Rap)

There’s a lot of fake rap out there. White people [...]

Gangsta's Parodist: Revisiting "Weird Al" vs. Coolio

Fools be in the bars unadvanced with a switch Uppercuts and fight kicks with Weird Al Yankovic -Coolio, "Throwdown 2000"

On a scale of pop music beefs from the last 25 years, Weird Al Yankovich v. Coolio would likely fall somewhere in the neighborhood of Morissette v. Coulier and Arrested Development v. Arrested Development. Which is to say, it wasn't much of a beef at all. To even label it a beef almost seems like an insult to the whole concept of beefs.

And yet, in the time it took for the two to formally and publicly reconcile their differences, The United States has seen 3 presidential [...]