Luckily for us it all worked out, and Weird Al has done pretty well for himself: over 12 million albums sold (a lot for a comedian/musician), four Grammys, and he’s performed over 1,000 shows. His parodies are classics, for which many of the videos are as memorable as the original artistsâ€™ videos: â€œEat It,â€ â€œMy Bologna,â€ â€œAnother One Rides the Bus,â€ â€œI Love Rocky Road,â€ â€œLike a Surgeon,â€ â€œSmells Like Nirvana,â€ â€œAmish Paradise,â€ â€œWhite & Nerdy,â€ â€œParty in the CIA,â€ etc.
His 2014 studio album Mandatory Fun marked the first time in history that a comedy album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart. When his song â€œWord Crimesâ€ cracked the Billboard Top 40, he joined Michael Jackson and Madonna as the only three artists to have a Top 40 single in each of the past four decades.
Words cannot properly describe a Weird Al performance. He and his bandmates (Jon â€œBermudaâ€ Schwartz on drums, Steve Jay on bass, Jim â€œKimoâ€ West on guitar, and Reuben Valtierra on keyboards) put on a hell of a show, are all very talented musicians, and have a great stage presence.
And lucky for you, Owl and Bear reader, Weird Al’s management instructed us to â€œshoot the whole show,â€ as there would be many costume changes. If you get the chance, definitely see Weird Al live — itâ€™s worth it. The performance was very entertaining, from his witty songwriting to how funny he is, his facial expressions, and the various videos, interviews, and TV cameos.