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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 [...]

New Weird Al Video Polkas Through the Past

Take a ride down memory lane in Weird Al's brightly-painted, frantically bouncing jalopy. The video for "Polka Face," his latest polka medley of pop hits from the last few years, features robot pole-dancer Britney Spears and Lady Antebellum drowning some bowling alley mice in her tears. So, pretty normal for 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 [...]

Checking In…with the Cast of The Weird Al Show

Oh, this is a story 'bout a guy named Al, and he lived in a sewer with his hamster pal. But the sanitation workers really didn't approve, so he packed up his accordion and had to move to a city in Ohio where he lived in a tree, and he worked in a nasal decongestant factory, and he played on the company bowling team, and every single night he had a strange recurring dream where he was wearing lederhosen in a vat of sour cream. But that's really not important to the story.

Well, the very next year he met a dental hygienist with a spatula tattooed on her [...]

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 [...]

Checking In…with the Singers of Billboard-Charting Funny Novelty Songs

In 1978, America had King Tut fever. The Treasures of Tutankhamun exhibit, which had previously visited Washington DC, Chicago, and Seattle, among other major American cities, made its way to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over 1.3 million people paid to see artifacts from the Boy King, and over 30 years later, it’s still the Met’s most popular exhibition in its 141-year history. Elsewhere, “King Tut,” a song written by Steve Martin (“Buried with a donkey, he’s my favorite honky”) and first performed on Saturday Night Live, hit #17 on the Billboard charts, a rather remarkable feat for a novelty song. But “King Tut” wasn’t the first [...]