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Weird Al Yankovic

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Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on October 23, 1959, in the Los Angeles suburb of Lynwood, to Mary Elizabeth (Vivalda) and Nick Louis Yankovic. He is of Yugoslavian, Italian, and English descent. He first took up the accordion when a salesman came around to solicit business for a music school. His parents decided on the accordion because of polka king Frankie Yankovic (no relation). As a child and young teen, Al watched a lot of television, which gave him much inspiration for his later work. He also became a fan of such musician/comedians as Allan Sherman and Spike Jones. He became especially acquainted with these musicians through the radio show of Barry Hansen, aka "Dr. Demento", which would later become a great source of publicity for his talents. After an extraordinary career at Lynwood High School, where Al graduated as valedictorian, he attended the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo to study architecture, a field he is said to have chosen because it was listed first in the catalog (although he has said that he really chose it on the advice of a guidance counselor). It was at Cal Poly that Al had a radio show and earned the nickname "Weird Al". Although he had sent tapes to Dr. Demento in the past, it was at Cal Poly where he recorded his first real published piece, a parody of the popular "My Sharona" by The Knack, called "My Bologna". After the astounding success of that song, forever to be known as the "bathroom recording" as it was recorded in the acoustically perfect mens' room, Al began his phenomenal career, which has spanned twelve albums, numerous compilations, a box set, movies, videos and edible underwear. He has also done a great deal to advance the cause of accordion-wielding weirdos, for which we can all be thankful.  See full bio on IMDb »

Weird Al Yankovic's Wife Calls Cops After Creepy Call

'Weird Al' Yankovic
Wife Calls 911 After Creepy Call

"Weird Al" Yankovic's wife was so freaked out by a string of events at their home -- including an ominous phone call and man lurking on their property -- she called police in a panic. Law… READ MORE >

Weird Al, Hey Fox News, Stop Calling Franken by My Name!!!

Weird Al
Hey Fox News ... Stop Calling Franken by My Name!!!

Weird Al is pissed off that people are associating his name with a pervert. We got Al Friday leaving Bristol Farms in WeHo and he seems miffed Fox News Channel has been referring to Franken as… READ MORE >

- 534 days ago
'Weird Al' Yankovic -- I'd Love to Do Super Bowl ... But It's Never Gonna Happen

'Weird Al' Yankovic
I'd Love to Do Super Bowl But It's Never Gonna Happen

Abandon all hope of a "Weird Al" Super Bowl Halftime show ... 'cause the 4-time Grammy nominee tells TMZ Sports it's NEVER gonna happen ... despite hardcore support from the fans.   Before… READ MORE >

- 1561 days ago
'Weird Al' Yankovic: Good Genes Or Good Docs?!

'Weird Al' Yankovic

There's nothing satirical about "Weird Al" Yankovic's good looks!Here's a 27-year-old version of the polka enthusiast just before his Michael Jackson's "Bad" parody prime (left) -- and 28 years… READ MORE >

- 1660 days ago
Iggy Azalea -- Misguided Over Weird Al Parody

Iggy Azalea
Misguided Over Weird Al Parody

Iggy Azalea shouldn't be counting her money from the "Fancy" parody Weird Al intends to record ... because she may encounter an insurmountable legal snag.Yankovic ambushed Iggy backstage at a… READ MORE >

- 1801 days ago
Iggy Azalea -- Gets Ambushed By Weird Al ... PLEEEEASE Let Me Parody Your Song (VIDEO)

Iggy Azalea
Gets Ambushed by Weird Al Pleeease Let Me Parody Your Song

You know you're blowing up in the music biz when Weird Al wants to parody one of your songs ... which is exactly what happened Friday to Iggy Azalea -- and we got the whole thing on video.Weird Al… READ MORE >

- 1806 days ago
Cooper, Tyler, Hagar, Sambora -- Best Concert of 2014 ... So Far

Cooper, Tyler, Hagar, Sambora
Best Concert Of 2014 ... So Far

It sure beat watching Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin hijack New Year's Eve in Times Square  .. Alice Cooper, Steven Tyler, Sammy Hagar, Richie Sambora, the Doobie Brothers and Weird Al… READ MORE >

- 1965 days ago
Weird Al Yankovic -- Bacon Bad ... It's My Birthday, Walter White Style

Weird Al Yankovic
Bacon Bad It's My Birthday, Walter White Style

Weird Al Yankovic is the danger ... HE IS THE ONE WHO KNOCKS ... at least on his birthday.The singer and self-professed "Breaking Bad" fan turned 54 today, and marked the occasion just like Walter… READ MORE >

- 2035 days ago
Weird Al Yankovic -- I'm Droppin' a NEW ALBUM!!

Weird Al Yankovic
I'm Droppin' a NEW ALBUM!!

Great news everyone ... WEIRD AL'S WORKING ON A BRAND NEW ALBUM!! Al was in NYC this weekend -- and as the master of parody was strolling into a building in Midtown, he told us, "I'm working on… READ MORE >

- 2058 days ago
Weird Al Yankovic -- Prince Has NO Sense of Humor

Weird Al Yankovic:
Prince Has No Sense of Humor

It's the question Weird Al Yankovic fans have been asking for years -- Why won't Prince let him spoof any of his songs??Well, now Weird Al is finally shedding some light on the topic ... saying… READ MORE >

- 2280 days ago
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