There's Actually Nothing Weird About The Stuff We Can Learn From 'Weird Al'

August 8, 2014 7:10 PM

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There's Actually Nothing Weird About The Stuff We Can Learn From 'Weird Al'

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the unequivocal King of Parody. With a career spanning thirty years, his clever quips and parodies have passed the test of time and his 14th and potentially last album, “Mandatory Fun,” was the No.1 album on the Billboard 200. Yankovic told Bloomberg Businessweek, “A No. 1 album is something I never … in my wildest dreams ever thought would be a reality. I was just hoping I’d get to No. 8.”

But beyond the curly-haired, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing, goofy exterior (his nickname is “Weird Al” after all) lies a sharp wit and a keen observer of society. What are the qualities that distinguish this accordion-playing musical parodist whose influences include Mad magazine, and who has parodied (wit...

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