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'Weird Al' Yankovic

'Weird Al' Yankovic's biography

'Weird Al' Yankovic is often nicknamed as The Weird OneThe Boneless BoyThe King of Parody. According to year of birth 1959 'Weird Al' Yankovic belongs to Boomers. Birthday on 23rd of October means 'Weird Al' Yankovic is Libra. Libra sign depicts that it is all about “Balance”. It seems that their life is very balanced, however, things are way opposite as they always face unstable situations in order to balance it further.

'Weird Al' Yankovic's schools

Detailed informations about 'Weird Al' Yankovic's schools

  • Attended California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where he majored in Architecture and graduated with honors. The Compleat Al (1985) includes an architectural rendering by Weird Al of a food-oriented city called "Burgeropolis".
  • Al skipped the second grade, which is partially how he graduated high school at a very young age.

Awards and competitions

'Weird Al' Yankovic's Awards

  • As of March 2000, he has had four gold and four platinum records in the United States, five gold, two platinum, and one double platinum record in Canada. He has also won two Grammy Awards and been nominated for eight more.
  • His album "Poodle Hat" won a Grammy Award for Best Comedy album. Weird Al has also won Grammy Awards for "Eat It" and "Fat".
  • He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6914 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 27, 2018.

What 'Weird Al' Yankovic has done for a first time

  • Got his first accordion lesson on October 22, 1966, one day before his seventh birthday.
  • Gives a special thanks to Dr. Demento (Barry Hansen) on each of his albums, since the radio disc jockey was the first to play his songs on the air.
  • Became a father for the first time at age 43 when his wife Suzanne Yankovic gave birth to their daughter Nina Yankovic on February 11, 2003.
  • His fourteenth studio album "Mandatory Fun" debuted at number one on the US album charts on July 22, 2014, becoming the first number one album of his 31 year career, as well as the first comedy album to top the US charts since 1963.
  • Was the first guest editor of MAD magazine.

'Weird Al' Yankovic's quotes

  • [on a 1999 episode of Behind the Music (1997), answering a question about (then) being unmarried. He is now married and has a daughter] My parents are like, "Well, he's almost 40, lives in Los Angeles, and he's unmarried. You know what that means!".
  • A lot of artists have really been supportive over the years.
  • I'm still a geek on the inside, that's the important thing.
  • How can you get bored if the audience is cheering and laughing at something you're doing?
  • As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.
  • I don't really look at myself as the kind of person who craves attention, but I've never been to therapy so there's probably a lot of stuff about myself that I don't know.
  • By the time I'm in the studio recording my parody, 10,000 parodies of that song are on YouTube.
  • As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it's been a huge promotional tool for me.
  • As it turns out, there is a thing called the Internet, and stuff does go out there whether the suits like it or not.
  • As a kid, I certainly never thought I would get to spend my life doing something fun.
  • A lot of rap songs don't usually have a lot of melody per se.
  • I like the guitar-driven music of Nirvana at its peak. At that point, I thought there was a lot of really exciting music coming out.
  • I know now that everything I write, I'm going to put out, and I'll have to live with it for the rest of my life.
  • I have a long-standing history of respecting artists' wishes.
  • I don't think there are any new media I'd like to cover.
  • I can't get too offended when somebody parodies me.
  • I'm very analytical, I'm very precise. I mean, I don't write for kids.
  • I'm obviously not a rapper, and I don't have any claims to be one, really.
  • I think that nerds, if you want to call them that, have only gotten more hip and assimilated into the culture.
  • I mean, I hate to gloat, but I'm extremely satisfied with my position in life and the way things have worked out for me.
  • In the '80s, I was putting out an album virtually every year, I think mostly based on fear - that if I didn't, people would soon forget about me.
  • If something is good enough, it can be out there and people will see it.
  • I've learned how to use my spam filter pretty effectively.
  • I've done a movie and a TV series, and someday I'd like to do a successful movie and a successful TV series. That would be nice.
  • I'm watching the charts every week and hoping something will pop into my head.
  • People that were a little nerdy in high school would look up to me and know it gets better.
  • People never ask people doing serious music, "Do you ever think about doing funny music?".
  • My personal taste doesn't enter into it a lot when I make my decisions as to what to parody.
  • My hobbies just sort of gradually became my vocation.
  • It's hard to force creativity and humor. Pop culture has gotten much more disposable.
  • The irony is of course that my career has lasted a whole lot longer than some of the people I've parodied over the years.
  • Some people want to advertise their weirdness, and spread it out, that's not me.
  • So I'm one of the few celebrities that got to do a repeat performance on "The Simpsons", which I'm very flattered by.
  • Probably 90 percent of my albums have polka medleys.
  • Whenever I do a parody it's not meant to make you hate anybody's music really.
  • When I go to my live shows it's often a multigenerational audience, a family bonding experience.
  • There aren't that many superstars around anymore.
  • There are probably a few library fines I haven't paid yet, but I'm a pretty clean-cut guy overall.
  • There are a lot of songs that would ostensibly be a good candidate for parody, yet I can't think of a clever enough idea.
  • I was a huge fan of 'Mad' magazine when I was 11, 12, 13 years old. I'd scour used bookstores trying to find back issues, and I'd wait at the newsstand for a new issue to come out. My life revolved around it.
  • At this point, I've got a bit of a track record. So people realize that when 'Weird Al' wants to go parody, it's not meant to make them look bad... it's meant to be a tribute.
  • You still have Top 40 radio now, but it's 40 different stations. There aren't many hits that everybody knows, and there aren't many real superstars.
  • You fake something until you're good at it. You don't need to be defined by your job.
  • I suppose I had my rock star fantasies while I was singing into my hairbrush in the bathroom mirror, but I never really consciously said, "Okay, this is what I'm going to do for a living and I'm going to be Weird Al.".
  • I make charts of songs that are good candidates, good targets, so to speak. Then I try to come up with ideas for parodies. And 99% of those ideas are horrible.
  • I did have a child, and I was reading a lot of picture books to her, but at the same time writing a children's book was something that I'd been wanting to do for many years, pretty much since the start of my career.
  • When I was a kid, I thought I was going to be an architect, because when I was 12 years old I had a guidance counselor that convinced me that that was the best career choice for me.
  • One of my pet peeves is that sometimes the talents of my band get overlooked because, and it was the same problem that Frank Zappa had, with a lot of groups that use humor, people don't realize there's a lot of craft behind the comedy.
  • It's hard to really articulate what the parameters are that make one song parody-able and another song not, but if I can come up with a good enough idea for it, I go for it, and if not, then I have to move on.
  • It becomes more important to me as time goes on to make every album the best thing I've ever done, so it's a lot of self-imposed pressure that also kind of slows me down a bit.
  • If I could find the right kind of property, get tied in with the right movie, I'd love to be involved, but I just find it hard to be motivated to do another screenplay right now.
  • What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's performance on whether or not they had a good seat?
  • Somebody will come up to me after a show and have me sign their arm, and the next time I see them my autograph has been permanently inscribed on their arm.
  • So that's why one of my rules of parody writing is that it's gotta be funny regardless of whether you know the source material. It has to work on its own merit.
  • [on how his fight on celebrity death match to Al Gore went] Unfortunately, he sucked out my brains through my eyeballs.
  • One of the hardest things I've had to deal with in my career is keeping my material topical even though I only release albums every three or four years.
  • When fans ask me for advice, here's what I tell them: "Try not to set yourself on fire."
  • [on making his parodies satirical but not mean-spirited] I like to say I like to poke people in the ribs instead of kicking them in the butt.
  • People have asked me how I can justify playing shows at rib cook-offs when I'm vegetarian. It's easy: in the same way I can justify playing shows at colleges even though I'm not a student anymore.
  • [in 2007 on his stance on vegetarianism] I'm still a vegetarian, and I try to be vegan, but once in a while, I'll cheat. If I see a cheese pizza on our tour bus, I might sneak a piece!
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