weird al yankovic

Recording artist Weird Al Yankovic never tires of satire

By Aleza Freeman
Vegas Seven

April 26, 2012—Part of me will always be the wide-eyed 8-year-old who choreographed dances to my first cassette tape, “Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D. My artistic interpretation of “I Lost on Jeopardy” was an epic journey, earning rave reviews from my parents.

I’ve since grown to admire the accordion-playing pop satirist, songwriter and best-selling children’s author, and he’s grown to become history’s biggest comedy recording artist with three Grammy Awards, four gold records and six that have gone platinum.

Although he’s extremely down to earth, it was tough to stifle my inner 8-year-old for a recent interview.

Dr. Demento was the only outlet for my craziness.

Vegas Seven: Many people don’t realize you write original music and direct music videos. Do you mind being pigeonholed as a parodist?

Weird Al Yankovic: I would prefer people be aware of everything, but I understand the nature of things. Most people are reductive and think, “Oh, Weird Al, he’s the parody guy; the guy that messes up people’s songs.” I’ve come to accept that as reality. It’s nice to be known for something …

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