Weird Al Yankovic Mandatory Fun World Tour

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“Weird Al” Yankovic Announces Mandatory World Tour Dates

Comedy Bang! Bang!'s new bandleader is coming to a town near you.

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As we contemplate groggily walking over to the fridge to finish off that leftover scampi, “Weird Al” Yankovic just announced he’ll be kicking off a 76-date live tour across North America. From the start of June to the end of September, Comedy Bang! Bang!‘s new cohost and bandleader will be traversing the US and Canada after extending his Mandatory Fun tour into this year.

In a statement, Yankovic said, “I’ve decided to do the Mandatory World Tour for one more year, after learning that some people didn’t make it out to the show this last time around. Apparently, they don’t know the meaning of the word ‘mandatory’!!”

Pre-sales begin Wednesday, Feb. 24th, at WeirdAl.com with regular online sales beginning Friday the 26th. Check out Al’s live dates below, and if you’ll excuse us, we need to rest up a bit before we eat that scampi.

Weird Al’s The Return of the Mandatory World Tour 2016

Friday, June 3 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theatre

Saturday, June 4 – West Palm Beach, FL – Kravis Center for the Performing Arts – – Dreyfoos Hall

Sunday, June 5 – Fort Myers, FL – Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center

Tuesday, June 7 – Mobile, AL – Saenger Theatre

Thursday, June 9 – Lakeland, FL – Youkey Theatre

Friday, June 10 – Miami, FL – Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, June 11 – Saint Augustine, FL – Saint Augustine Amphitheatre

Sunday, June 12 – Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall

Wednesday, June 15 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheatre

Thursday, June 16 – Nashville, TN – Grand Ole Opry House

Friday, June 17 – Huntsville, AL – Von Braun Center

Saturday, June 18 – Greensboro, NC – Greensboro Coliseum Complex – White Oak Amphitheater

Sunday, June 19 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

Tuesday, June 21 – Portsmouth, VA – NTELOS Pavilion at Harbor Center

Wednesday, June 22 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome

Friday, June 24 – Akron, OH – Akron Civic Theatre

Saturday, June 25 – Bay City, MI – Veterans Memorial Park

Sunday, June 26 – Fort Wayne, IN – Foellinger Theatre

Tuesday, June 28 – Evansville, IN – Victory Theatre

Friday, July 1 – Toledo, OH – Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 2 – Aurora, IL – RiverEdge Park

Sunday, July 3 – Merrillville, IN – Star Plaza Theatre

Wednesday, July 6 – Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre

Thursday, July 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park

Friday, July 8 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion at Riverbend

Saturday, July 9 – Chattanooga, TN – Tivoli Theatre

Sunday, July 10 – Southaven, MS – Snowden Grove Amphitheatre

Tuesday, July 12 – Austin, TX – Bass Concert Hall

Thursday, July 14 – Houston, TX – Brown Theatre at Wortham Center

Friday, July 15 – Biloxi, MS – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Hard Rock Live

Saturday, July 16 – Dallas, TX – Winspear Opera House

Sunday, July 17 – Enid, OK – Enid Event Center

Tuesday, July 19 – El Paso, TX – Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Center

Thursday, July 21 – San Diego, CA – Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre

Friday–Saturday, July 22–23 – Los Angeles – Hollywood Bowl

Sunday, July 24 – San Jose, CA – City National Civic

Tuesday–Wednesday – July 26–27 – Woodland Park Zoo

Thursday, July 28 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield

Friday, July 29 – Eugene, OR – Cuthbert Amphitheatre

Saturday, July 30 – Rohnert Park, CA – Sonoma State University – Green Music Center

Tuesday, August 2 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre

Wednesday, August 3 – Phoenix, AZ – Comerica Theatre

Saturday, August 6 – Littleton, CO – The Hudson Gardens & Event Center

Sunday, August 7 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre

Tuesday, August 9 – Cedar Rapids, IA – McGrath Amphitheatre

Wednesday, August 10 – Lincoln, NE – Pinewood Bowl Amphitheatre

Saturday, August 13 – Sturgis, SD – Buffalo Chip Campground

Sunday, August 14 – Regina, SK – Conexus Arts Center

Monday, August 15 – Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theatre for the Performing Arts

Thursday, August 18 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Community Auditorium

Friday, August 19 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre

Saturday, August 20 – Appleton, WI – Fox Cities Performing Arts Center

Sunday, August 21 – Madison, WI – Overture Hall

Tuesday, August 23 – Rockford, IL – Coronado Theatre

Wednesday, August 24 – Paducah, KY – Carson Center

Friday, August 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – Devos Performance Hall

Saturday, August 27 – Sterling Heights, MI – Freedom Hill Amphitheatre

Sunday, August 28 – Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center at The Heights

Tuesday, August 30 – Wilmington, DE – The Playhouse Theatre

Thursday, September 1 – Lowell, MA – Boarding House Park

Friday, September 2 – Gilford, NH – Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Saturday, September 3 – Canandaigua, NY – Constellation Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center

Sunday, September 4 – Big Flats, NY – The Summer Stage at Tags

Wednesday, September 7 – Columbia, SC – Koger Center for the Arts – U of SC

Thursday, September 8 – Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College – Humanities and Fine Arts Center

Friday, September 9 – Durham, SC – Durham Performing Arts Center

Saturday, September 10 – Ashville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium

Sunday, September 11 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center at Wolf Trap

Tuesday, September 13 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre

Wednesday, September 14 – Providence, RI – Providence Performing Arts Center

Friday, September 16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Benedum Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, September 17 – Schenectady, NY – Proctor’s Theatre

Sunday, September 18 – Waterbury, CT – Palace Theatre

Thursday, September 22 – Charleston, WV – Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences

Friday, September 23 – Atlantic City, NY – Caesar’s Atlantic City – Circus Maximus

Saturday, September 24 – New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall

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Bro and Tell

BFFs And Night Court For Sports

Bromance and Comeuppance On Two New Comedy Crib Series

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“Silicon Valley meets Girls meets black male educators with lots of unrealized potential.”

That’s how Carl Foreman Jr. and Anthony Gaskins categorize their new series Frank and Lamar which joins Joe Schiappa’s Sport Court in the latest wave of new series available now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. To better acquaint you with the newbies, we went right to the creators for their candid POVs. And they did not disappoint. Here are snippets of their interviews:

Frank and Lamar

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IFC: How would you describe Frank and Lamar to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Carl: Best bros from college live and work together teaching at a fancy Manhattan private school, valiantly trying to transition into a more mature phase of personal and professional life while clinging to their boyish ways.

IFC: And to a friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Carl: The same way, slightly less coherent.

Anthony: I’d probably speak about it with much louder volume, due to the bar which would probably be playing the new Kendrick Lamar album. I might also include additional jokes about Carl, or unrelated political tangents.

Carl: He really delights in randomly slandering me for no reason. I get him back though. Our rapport on the page, screen, and in real life, comes out of a lot of that back and forth.

IFC: In what way is Frank and Lamar a poignant series for this moment in time?
Carl: It tells a story I feel most people aren’t familiar with, having young black males teach in a very affluent white world, while never making it expressly about that either. Then in tackling their personal lives, we see these three-dimensional guys navigate a pivotal moment in time from a perspective I feel mainstream audiences tend not to see portrayed.

Anthony: I feel like Frank and Lamar continues to push the envelope within the genre by presenting interesting and non stereotypical content about people of color. The fact that this show brought together so many talented creative people, from the cast and crew to the producers, who believe in the project, makes the work that much more intentional and truthful. I also think it’s pretty incredible that we got to employ many of our friends!

Sport Court

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IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?
Joe: SPORT COURT follows Judge David Linda, a circuit court judge assigned to handle an ad hoc courtroom put together to prosecute rowdy fan behavior in the basement of the Hartford Ultradome. Think an updated Night Court.

IFC: How would you describe Sport Court to drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?
Joe: Remember when you put those firecrackers down that guy’s pants at the baseball game? It’s about a judge who works in a court in the stadium that puts you in jail right then and there. I know, you actually did spend the night in jail, but imagine you went to court right that second and didn’t have to get your brother to take off work from GameStop to take you to your hearing.

IFC: Is there a method to your madness when coming up with sports fan faux pas?
Joe: I just think of the worst things that would ruin a sporting event for everyone. Peeing in the slushy machine in open view of a crowd seemed like a good one.

IFC: Honestly now, how many of the fan transgressions are things you’ve done or thought about doing?
Joe: I’ve thought about ripping out a whole row of chairs at a theater or stadium, so I would have my own private space. I like to think of that really whenever I have to sit crammed next to lots of people. Imagine the leg room!

Check out the full seasons of Frank and Lamar and Sport Court now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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