In 1986, “Weird Al” gave bored office workers a song to call their own

On October 21, 1986, “Weird Al” Yankovic suffered his first major flop with the release of Polka Party!, his unsuccessful fourth LP. The lead single, the James Brown parody “Living With A Hernia,“ failed to catch on despite an excellent video, and the album tanked. But Polka Party! did contain at least one cult…

“How did I get here?”: Documentary Now!’s little Talking Heads tribute that could

There’s an oft-repeated Lorne Michaels adage about Saturday Night Live: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready. It goes on because it’s 11:30.” A similar sentiment was in the air on a Thursday night this past July, as another Michaels production was about to take the stage at the Mission Playhouse in San Gabriel,…

Fred Armisen’s Talking Heads parody band burns down the house in its debut

Documentary Now!’s much-anticipated second season will be here soon! How soon?! Tonight soon! The season debut of Fred Armisen and Bill Hader’s specificity-obsessed documentary parody series will air on IFC tonight, providing what’s certain to be an uncanny take on 1993’s The War Room. Unfortunately, we’ll have to…