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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.

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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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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

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It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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