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No More Star Wars?

5 Things We Learned From “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Rolling Stone Interview

Weird Al talks Star Wars, Comedy Bang! Bang! and more.

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In a career that spans several decades, veteran song parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic keeps redefining himself. With an upcoming tour kicking off in June, Al has no plans to stop bringing hilarious music to the masses. But having recently joined the Comedy Bang! Bang! team as the full-time bandleader while also branching out as an independent artist after 34 years on a record label, Al’s entering a new stage as a pop culture mainstay.

Sitting down for an interview with Rolling Stone’s Andy Greene, Yankovic talked CB!B! and discussed what’s in store for his already prolific career. Here are five things we learned from Al’s chat.

1. He jumped at the chance to be the new Comedy Bang! Bang! bandleader.

1. Weird Al and Scott Aukerman - I Miss Reggie
When host Scott Aukerman tapped “Weird Al” to be the show’s third bandleader, he replied, “I’m gonna have to run this by some other people that are personally vested in my career, but I’ll tell you right now this is something that I want to do.” And he’s in it for the long haul: “I’ll do this show until I’m dead. And even after that, you can Weekend at Bernie‘s me a few seasons after that.”


2. He’s finally free of a record contract and wants to keep it that way.

2. Weird Al and Tenacious D

Signing with the Scotti Brothers record label in 1982, Yankovic finally fulfilled his contract with RCA last year with the smash hit album Mandatory Fun. And from here on in, he’s fine with being an independent artist and releasing songs and albums on his schedule. Al cites the T.I. parody “Whatever You Like,” which he released online to great acclaim from fans, as an example of the new creative freedom he’s enjoying. “I don’t even have to wait until [a physical album] is manufactured. I can just put it up online.”


3. He probably won’t do another Star Wars parody.

When asked if he planned to release a new Star Wars song for the new movies, Al said he considered it, but ultimately decided he’d spent enough time in a galaxy far, far away. “I’ve already got two Star Wars songs in my set, both of which I pretty much have to play because of fan demand,” Al said. “If I had a third Star Wars song, it just sort of becomes the Star Wars show. So for that reason alone, I kind of feel like I probably should just keep it at two.”


4. He would love to write and direct another movie.

Though it wasn’t a huge box office hit, 1989’s UHF developed into a cult favorite over time. Fans have been hoping that Al would return to the big screen, and it turns out he feels the same. “I would love to do another movie,” Al said. “If somebody made me an offer and creatively it felt like a good fit, I would love to do it.”


5. CB!B! is his first “day job” in 20 years.

5. Weird Al and Cheri Oteri on Comedy Bang Bang

Al says he is jazzed for the new season of Comedy Bang! Bang! and adds, “Working on a TV series is hard. It’s getting up at the crack of dawn every morning, which is certainly going against my personal body clock, and working long days. But every day is a thrill for me. I get to work with the funniest people in the world. We do written sketches, we do improv. I am really having a blast.”

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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