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|Aug 30||Weird Al Yankovic||The Playhouse on Rodney Square Wilmington, Delaware||Find Tickets|
|Sep 1||Weird Al Yankovic||Boarding House Park Lowell, Massachusetts||Find Tickets|
|Sep 2||Weird Al Yankovic||Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion Gilford, New Hampshire||Find Tickets|
|Sep 3||Weird Al Yankovic||Constellation Brands-Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC) Canandaigua, New York||Find Tickets|
|Sep 4||Weird Al Yankovic||Summer Stage at Tags Big Flats, New York||Find Tickets|
|Sep 7||Huka Entertainment presents "Weird Al" Yankovic - The Mandatory World Tour||Koger Center For the Arts Columbia, South Carolina||Find Tickets|
|Sep 8||Weird Al Yankovic||Cape Fear Community College Wilmington, North Carolina||Find Tickets|
|Sep 9||Weird Al Yankovic||DPAC - Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, North Carolina||Find Tickets|
|Sep 10||'Weird Al' Yankovic||Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Asheville, North Carolina||Find Tickets|
|Sep 11||"Weird Al" Yankovic, The Mandatory World Tour||Wolf Trap Filene Center Vienna, Virginia||Find Tickets|
|Sep 13||Weird Al Yankovic||Hershey Theatre Hershey, Pennsylvania||Find Tickets|
|Sep 14||Weird Al Yankovic||Providence Performing Arts Center Providence, Rhode Island||Find Tickets|
|Sep 16||Weird Al Yankovic||Benedum Center Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Find Tickets|
|Sep 17||Weird Al Yankovic||Proctor's Theatre Schenectady, New York||Find Tickets|
|Sep 18||Weird Al Yankovic||Palace Theater - Waterbury Waterbury, Connecticut||Find Tickets|
The foremost song parodist of the MTV era, "Weird Al" Yankovic carried the torch of musical humor more proudly and more successfully than any performer since Allan Sherman. In the world of novelty records -- a genre noted for its extensive back catalog of flashes-in-the-pan and one-hit wonders -- Yankovic was king, scoring smash after smash over the course of an enduring career which found him topically mocking everything from new wave to gangsta rap.
Ultimately, much of Yankovic's success resulted from his skilled use of music video, a medium not available in the era of Spike Jones or Allan Sherman; suddenly, not only could records themselves serve as parody fodder, but their video clips were ripe for satire as well. Additionally, MTV firmly established Yankovic's public persona; sporting garish Hawaiian shirts, frizzy hair, and an arsenal of goofy mannerisms, he cut a distinctly bizarre figure which he consistently exploited to maximum comic effect. After Michael Jackson's "Beat It" became the most acclaimed video in the medium's brief history, Yankovic recorded "Eat It" for his sophomore effort, 1984's "Weird" Al Yankovic in 3-D; the "Eat It" video, which mocked the "Beat It" clip scene-for-scene, became an MTV smash, and the Grammy-winning single reached the Top 15.
After an extended period of silence, he returned in 1992 with Off the Deep End, which featured the Top 40 hit "Smells Like Nirvana," a send-up of Nirvana's landmark single "Smells Like Teen Spirit." After 1993's Alapalooza, he resurfaced in 1996 with Bad Hair Day, his highest-charting record to date thanks to the success of the single "Amish Paradise," a takeoff of the Coolio hit "Gangsta's Paradise." The follow-up, Running with Scissors, appeared in 1999, with Poodle Hat landing in 2003. Straight Outta Lynwood appeared in 2006 with the single "White & Nerdy," a suburban parody of Chamillionaire's hit "Ridin."
Yankovic has completed his thirteenth studio album. The new album, titled Alpocalypse, will be his first studio album since Straight Outta Lynwood, and a release date has been set for June 21, 2011. The album will contain the five songs from the previous Internet Leaks digital download release, a polka mix called "Polka Face", a song called "TMZ" which will be set to music video animated by Bill Plympton, and five other new songs.
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