“Weird Al” – Grammar Police

Leave a comment

WIF Logo 001

 

 Grammar With a Splash of “Weird Al”

 

“Weird Al” Yankovic

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

“Weird Al” Yankovic
AlYankovicByKristineSlipson.jpg

Yankovic performing live in 2010
Background information
Birth name Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Born October 23, 1959 (age 54)
Downey, CaliforniaU.S.
Origin Lynwood, California, U.S.
Genres Parodycomedypolka
Occupations Singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, author
Instruments Vocalsaccordionkeyboards,theremin
Years active 1976–present
Labels Rock ‘n Roll RecordsCapitol, Placebo, TKScotti Brothers,VolcanoRCA
Associated acts Dr. Demento
Website weirdal.com

Alfred Matthew Yankovic (/ˈjæŋkəvɪk/ yang-kə-vik; born October 23, 1959),[1]better known by his stage name “Weird Al” Yankovic, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, actor, music video director, film producer, and author. He is known for his humorous songs that make light ofpopular culture and often parody specific songs by contemporary musical acts. Since his first-aired comedy song in 1976, he has sold more than 12 million albums (as of 2007),[2] recorded more than 150 parody and original songs,[3][4][5] and has performed more than 1,000 live shows.[6] His works have earned him three Grammy Awards and a further 11 nominations, four gold records, and six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic’s first top ten Billboard album (Straight Outta Lynwood) and single (“White & Nerdy“) were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his career.

Yankovic’s success comes in part from his effective use of music video to further parody popular culture, the song’s original artist, and the original music videos themselves, scene-for-scene in some cases. He directed later videos himself and went on to direct for other artists including Ben FoldsHansonThe Black Crowes, and The Presidents of the United States of America. In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic wrote and starred in the film UHF (1989) and The Weird Al Show(1997). He has also made guest appearances on many television shows, in addition to starring in Al TV specials on MTV.[1]

“Weird Al” – Grammar Police

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.