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Weird Al Yankovic Inspired by Ted to Write a Song on 'How I Met Your Mother' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 25th 2011 1:00AM
Weird Al Yanknovic, 'How I Met Your Mother'In an episode filled with guest stars, as everyone started seeing their parents in their respective lovers, they saved the last for an oddball little cameo at the end. Sure, Weird Al Yankovic was superfluous to the actual plot, but he also may just be the catalyst for Ted's next relationship on 'How I Met Your Mother' (Mon., 8PM ET on CBS).

We'll have to wait to see that, but we didn't have to wait to get confirmation that at least one part of Ted's story was true. One boast he claims is that he gave Yankovic the kernel of the idea for the song 'Like a Surgeon' when he was eight years old.

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Cartoon Network Drops Movie Deal With Weird Al Yankovic

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jul 13th 2010 7:00PM
Weird Al YankovicComic musician and accordion auteur "Weird Al" Yankovic scored a deal with Cartoon Network that sounded sweeter than the divine resurrection of Allen Sherman.

The deal came with the opportunity to do a feature film with a mainstream release and if the movie struck gold, the network would consider moving him into something more permanent on their network. Of course, when you're dealing with major broadcast networks, there's always a third option that never seems to come up during the negotiation stage: getting the rug pulled out from underneath you.

Yankovic posted a message on his Wordpress blog announcing that the deal is officially in the can -- the garbage can, that is. It seems that Cartoon Network decided not to get into the feature film business, a decision that shut down a number of projects in development including the Weird one's, um, one.

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Weird Al Yankovic lands deal with Cartoon Network

by Mike Moody, posted Jan 26th 2010 3:02PM
Weird Al YankovicComedian and Kenny G lookalike "Weird Al" Yankovic has inked a deal to direct and star in a live-action TV movie for Cartoon Network. Sadly, it's not a sequel to his 1989 cult classic UHF, so don't expect to see Michael Richards tossing poodles out of a ten-story window again.

Yankovic was nice enough to interview himself about the project on his personal blog. He's keeping mum about the movie's plot details, but he revealed that the film's protagonist would be a teenager. Yankovic also said he'd take on a supporting role.

If the film is able to draw an audience, it's likely that Cartoon Network will develop it or another Weird Al project into a live-action series. The network already has a working relationship with Yankovic thanks to his voice work on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, The Brak Show, and Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job.

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Get some Halloween decorating tips from The Office's Rainn Wilson

by Danny Gallagher, posted Oct 24th 2009 6:37PM
Halloween is just around the corner and if you're anything like me (first of all, you have my deepest sympathies), then you haven't done squat to get ready for for it. And what a to-do list that is! The shopping list alone can send Martha Stewart into an early coma: eggs, shaving cream, toilet paper, paper bags, lighters, dog poo. That last one makes it even more difficult when you realize stores no longer sell dog poo.

But don't worry, Rainn Wilson is here to help. In order to "Earn His Plug" on his recent appearance on Jay Leno's new show, he gave the audience a crash course in Halloween vandalism by messing with a special celebrity's house, someone who I normally thought wouldn't have a problem with bologna shingles on his walls.

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Charles Nelson Reilly kicked the holy living s*$& out of me

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 6th 2009 9:02AM

He once saved a crowded school bus from falling off of a cliff ... using only a scarf.

Firefighters blamed him for the Laguna Wildfire when his Aviator sunglasses came in contact with the sun.

People stop and stare at every word he writes, particularly when he writes "boobs."

He is the most interesting man in the world. And his name is Charles Nelson Reilly. The actor, comedian, director and Match Game fixture has been posthumously immortalized by comedy musician "Weird Al" Yankovic in a new hilarious online single called "CNR".

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TV's Joel McHale riffing with Rifftrax on Red Dawn

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jun 27th 2009 3:03PM
Joel McHale, star of The Soup and CommunityActor, comedian and classically trained suit wearer Joel McHale has taken his talent for riffing to the next level.

The star of The Soup and the upcoming NBC sitcom Community has joined forces with Michael J. Nelson's Rifftrax.com to provide a running comedy commentary for the perennial craptastic 80s classic Red Dawn. Nelson announced the guest commentary on the Rifftrax site and his Twitter blog earlier this week.

Rifftrax, for those who may not be familiar with the site and are therefore in no way cool, is the comedy website that provides downloadable MP3s of funny movie commentaries featuring the voices and talents of the minds behind Mystery Science Theater 3000 including Nelson, Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy. It is the only reason I still own all three Matrix films, that and the fact that my desk is missing part of a leg.

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When you think of Michael Jackson, you also think of Weird Al

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 26th 2009 1:28PM
You can't think about the life and career of Michael Jackson without also thinking of Weird Al Yankovic. He did parodies of several Jackson songs, and while a lot of people like "Eat It," I've always liked "Fat," his take on Jackson's "Bad" (Al loves the food references, eh?). Yo, ding dong, man, ding dong!

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Behind the scenes of a Weird Al video - VIDEO

by Adam Finley, posted Dec 4th 2006 3:01PM

weird alMaybe it's just because I'm older, but when I see Weird Al Yankovic now it seems he lets the facade drop a little more than usual and isn't so bent on being "on" all the time. Of course, as a youngster that's why I was so drawn to him, because he didn't seem like someone who was acting weird, he seemed like someone who was actually like that all the time. While I haven't bought a Weird Al album in over a decade, I still gotta give props to the man for sticking around and acting as a kind of needle that deflates the balloon of pop cultural excess. I may not listen to him as much anymore, but I think music needs someone like Weird Al to keep everyone from getting too full of themselves.

After the jump you can watch a behind-the-scenes look at Yankovic's video for "White and Nerdy."

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JibJab and Weird Al team up for video

by Adam Finley, posted Nov 18th 2006 8:03PM

weird alWeird Al Yankovic's goofy songs was the first music I ever really got into, and his sense of humor pretty much defined my own during my early impressionable years. I've always said that the success of his albums was dependent on the music and pop culture landscape of the time (it seemed that if Michael Jackson was having a good year, so would Al), but this time around I think his new album has also been helped by some great videos that have found a wider audience thanks to YouTube and other video sites.

Weird Al's latest video, a take on Taylor Hicks' "Do I Make You Proud?" titled "Do I Creep You Out?" was animated by the boys at JibJab.com, and you can check it out here. Don't try to find it on television, though, the video is online only. Al plays a lonely stalker who just wants to save a girl's used chewing gum and stick her fingers in his mouth. Personally, I don't think that's too much to ask.

[via AWN]

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Watch Robot Chicken stomp some weasels

by Richard Keller, posted Oct 23rd 2006 1:50PM

Weasel Stomping DayLast week, Adam posted an item about a new Weird Al video done by John Kricfalusi of Ren and Stimpy fame. This week, I draw your attention to a video for the song "Weasel Stomping Day", which is from Al's new album Straight Outta Lynwood (great album, by the way). This video is produced by Seth Green and Mark Senreich, creators and executive producers of the very funny Adult Swim program Robot Chicken.

The video has it all: babes, drinking, family bonding, and plenty of weasels getting stomped by action figures in big hiking boots and viking helmets. And, there's even a few appearances by the Weird Al action figure (accordion sold separately). So, grab your viking helmet, tie on those a@#-kickers, and stomp along with this peppy little video that can be seen after the jump.

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Check out John K's Weird Al video

by Adam Finley, posted Oct 14th 2006 2:02PM

weird alJohn Kricfalusi, creator of Ren and Stimpy, has made a hilariously subversive video for Weird Al's song "Close But No Cigar." The song is what Weird Al would refer to as a "style parody," meaning it's not a parody of a specific song but it does pay homage to the music stylings of Cake. The characters and poses were designed by Kricfalusi and fellow animator Katie Rice. The actual animation was done in Flash by Copernicus Studios in Canada. I've kind of lost track of Weird Al over the years, but this is a very funny song, and the video fits it perfectly. Lots of hot cartoon chicks, plus a face gets eaten and a squirrel is disemboweled. I don't think I could ask for much more in a music video. I've placed it after the jump:

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Watch a blogger's top ten Weird Al music videos - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Oct 3rd 2006 6:38PM
Apparently, the key to getting a lot of votes on digg (and maybe Netscape, for all I know) is to mention "Weird Al" Yankovic in some capacity or another. Blogger Scott Robbin decided to let everyone know what his favorite ten Yankovic videos were, in order, and that got him a whopping 1267 diggs.

Was there controversy? A little; Robbin ranks Al's new video, "White and Nerdy", as his 2nd favorite, ahead of the classic video for "Fat" and behind the song that catapulted Al into the song parody Pantheon, "Eat It." The video is pretty funny; both the song and video have little in-jokes that only the nerdiest among us would get ("I can write in both JavaScript and Klingon"). It's definitely one of his best. But #2? Not really. You can form your own opinion after watching the video, which is after the jump.

All ten videos -- including classics like "Like a Surgeon", "Amish Paradise", and "I Lost on Jeopardy!" -- can be found on Robbin's page.

[via Pop Candy]

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The Five: Weird Al interviews some music legends

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 13th 2006 1:32PM

al tvAiring intermittently on MTV and VH1 since the 1980s, Weird Al Yankovic's AL TV is basically a showcase for Weird Al's offbeat sense of humor, typically coinciding with the release of a new album. Weird Al's parodies and original songs was the first music I really got into, not counting "Pac-Man Fever," and more or less defined my sense of humor as a youngster. I lost interest in him as I got older, but still maintained an admiration for the poofy-headed one, because he's actually an extremely talented musician and composer, a fact often eclipsed by his penchant for writing silly songs about food and penning lyrics like, "you make me wanna staple bagels to my face, and remove them with a pitchfork."

My favorite part of AL TV was his "interviews" with different musical artists, and after the jump you can watch ol' Weird Al in action. Clearly, he's the Mike Wallace of nearsighted Hawaiian shirt-wearing freaks. Click on and enjoy:

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Weird Al Show coming to DVD in August

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 26th 2006 11:54AM
Weird Al ShowWow, I barely remember this show. I have a vague recollection of it airing, but I don't think I ever saw an episode. Did it air in the early 90s? Late 90s? I'm sure it must have included takeoffs on TV shows and music videos and other pop culture satire, but I don't remember a thing about it.

The entire series (13 episodes) will be available on August 15. No word yet on commentaries or other extras.

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