Weird Al and the Lonely Island guys are having a lot of fun in this Carpool Karaoke trailer

Of the glut of “Hey, celebrities are just regular folks, too!” talk show segments—and the actual TV series that they apparently inevitably inspire these days—few have the primal kick of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” Based as it is in our shared urge (dating back millions of years) to sing in cars, the segment/show…

Weezer isn't in the video for its cover of Toto's "Africa," but Weird Al is

Weezer has a track record of crowd-pleasing videos, from the Spike Jonze-directed “Buddy Holly” to the Spike Jonze-directed “Island In The Sun” (“Undone: The Sweater Song” is also a Jonze joint, complete with fluffy animals and cuddly emo musicians). But for their latest video, Rivers Cuomo and the rest of the guys…

Weird Al emerged, post-punk exploded, and DJing matured in 1981

1. Kim Carnes, “Bette Davis Eyes”
2. Diana Ross & Lionel Richie, “Endless Love”
3. Kenny Roger, “Lady”
4. John Lennon, “(Just Like) Starting Over”
5. Rick Springfield, “Jessie’s Girl”
6. Kool & The Gang, “Celebration”
7. Hall & Oates, “Kiss On My List”
8. Eddie Rabbitt, “I Love A Rainy Night”
9. Dolly Parton, “9 To 5”
10. REO
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Patton Oswalt regrets going for the “easy laugh” as a young comic

Everybody has stuff they regret saying. That’s probably doubly true if you’re a stand-up comedian and the majority of stuff you’ve said has been in front of rooms full of strangers. But, for a long time, comedians were hesitant to say they regretted any of their old material or thought it was in bad taste. A new…

Every show from the most recent "Weird Al" tour is now available for streaming

Since the beginning of the year, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been doing a series of stripped-down performances for his “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” with the basic idea being that he cuts out all of wacky stunts and costume-changes that are usually a staple of his energetic live shows. Plus, in…

Here's a massive supercut of Weird Al covering everyone from Bowie to They Might Be Giants

“Weird Al” Yankovic is a gifted musical mimic, capable of copying the styles of just about anybody his tastes latch upon. Normally, Al devotes those talents to the world of parody, but every now and then, apparently, he finds himself gripped by the urge to actually get the words right. And where better to let those…

Weird Al wrote a pretty gouda cheese-based crossword puzzle for The New York Times

Bumping himself up a little further from “some-math” to “polymath” this week, beloved parody songster “Weird Al” Yankovic has now added “New York Times crossword puzzle constructor” to his numerous list of titles. Working with the paper’s Eric Berlin and Will Shortz, Yankovic just became the paper’s latest celebrity…

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Weird Al, and Jimmy Fallon geek out over "The Hamilton Polka" on The Tonight Show

For all their individual achievements and talents, there aren’t three bigger goofballs than Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jimmy Fallon, and “Weird Al” Yankovic, as shown on Friday’s Tonight Show. Sure, Miranda is one letter short of an EGOT, Al is a quadruple Grammy winner and musical human joy machine, and Fallon... has his…

Subbing for Jimmy Kimmel, Melissa McCarthy surprises pal Octavia Spencer with their weird shared past

It’s been a week of guest hosts on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, as Kimmel himself has been home with his family in the wake of young son Billy’s scheduled heart operation. Thankfully, as Thursday’s host, the always-game Melissa McCarthy informed the audience (while sporting a goofy Christmas tree dress, complete with angel…

Here's Finn Wolfhard, John Stamos, and "Weird Al" singing songs from Willy Wonka

Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl is occasionally home to very unique and special performances, whether its a live concert from the Muppets, a celebration of the La La Land soundtrack, or something that unexpectedly becomes even more special in retrospect, like Tom Petty’s final concert. This weekend, a bunch of famous…

Weird Al is ditching the parody songs for a "scaled-down," "intimate" tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic puts on one of the most famously kinetic live shows in music, a parade of dancing, costume changes, pre-recorded videos, and endless manic energy. (Note: This description may be slightly informed by the time your humble Newswire writer, at age 12, saw Al perform, ending the two-hour concert with an…

John Stamos, Weird Al, and Finn Wolfhard walk into a Willy Wonka tribute concert…

Hot on the heels of bringing The Muppets back into the public consciousness with a recent live concert series, The Hollywood Bowl is set to give California-based nostalgics another hit of their drug of choice. Per Stereogum, the venue has just announced a new concert based on the 1971 kids’ classic Willy Wonka And The…

John Oliver sends a musical message in a bottle from Weird Al Yankovic to North Korea

After starting off this week’s Last Week Tonight by addressing Donald Trump’s tellingly equivocal non-condemnation of the white supremacists, cosplaying fascists, and straight-up Nazis who swarmed Charlottesville this weekend (killing one young woman named Heather Heyer, and injuring many others), John Oliver moved on…

“Weird Al” Yankovic is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Hollywood is set to pay its respects to one of pop culture’s most beloved comedy figures, as “Weird Al” Yankovic announced today that he’s getting a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The announcement was met with online congratulations from his numerous celebrity fans and friends, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi …

We’ll be briefs: “Weird Al”’s Captain Underpants theme song is pretty fun

We’re well aware that the Captain Underpants movie is pretty far outside The A.V. Club’s usual demographic, but there’s not much we won’t put ourselves through for new “Weird Al” Yankovic music. So when we heard that Yankovic was gifting the upcoming film with the same theme song magic he once applied to Spy Hard and…

“Weird Al” Yankovic shares his unreleased Beatles parody about Pac-Man

In some alternate universe, “Weird Al” Yankovic could have been a novelty song one-hit-wonder like Jerry Buckner and Gary Garcia instead of becoming the greatest parody musician of all time. That’s because he once wrote a song about Pac-Man, and if not for the overly litigious (or maybe appropriately litigious)…