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5 Things We Learned About “Weird Al” Yankovic From His Howard Stern Appearance

"Weird Al" comes to Comedy Bang! Bang! starting June 3rd at 11P on IFC.

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“Weird Al” has been making the interview rounds in anticipation of his new gig as the bandleader and cohost of Comedy Bang! Bang!, as well as his “Mandatory World Tour,” which launches this June. His latest stop was with shock jock extraordinaire Howard Stern, who got Al to open up about his unlikely career. Here are just a few highlights, which you can listen to below.

5. He Recorded “My Bologna” in a Bathroom.

Al was just a college kid with a dream when he laid down the tracks for “My Bologna,” his parody of The Knack’s “My Sharona.” Lacking a proper recording studio, he sought out a room with the best acoustics, which just so happened to be the bathroom across from the college’s radio station where he worked. He recorded it between flushes, got it on the radio and Capital Records ended up releasing the bathroom recording as a single which launched his career.


4. Kurt Cobain Asked If Al’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” Parody Would Be About Food.

“Weird Al” always asks the musicians he plans to parody for permission, but Kurt Cobain proved a hard one to track down. Thankfully, Al had worked with then SNL cast member Victoria Jackson in his cult film UHF, and used Nirvana’s musical guest gig on the late night show as a chance to reach out. When he got Kurt on the phone, the moody musician couldn’t have been nicer. He just wanted to know if the parody would be about food. When Al explained he wanted to make fun of how no one could understand the lyrics to “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Cobain loved it. In fact, he later said he thought the song was genius, and it was the first time he knew he’d made it.


3. Lady Gaga’s Manager Ran Al Through the Ringer.

Al also tried to get permission from Lady Gaga to parody her hit “Born This Way,” but could only get as far as her manager. While Al usually just explains the premise of the song, this guy wanted to see all the lyrics. When Al complied, he said he needed to hear the song. Al then went and recorded his take, “Perform This Way,” only to get a rejection from the manager, thereby wasting everyone’s time. While he normally wouldn’t go against anyone’s wishes, because he was run through he ringer, Al decided to release the song online, with a caveat that he never got permission. It proved to be an instant hit, and when Lady Gaga heard it, she loved it. In fact, no one had ever told her that he’d reached out.


2. It takes time for him to get into the “Fat” suit.

Al is embarking on his 2016 Mandatory Fun Tour, a multimedia extravanganza that features “three more costume changes than Lady Gaga.” Al says it takes him “a minute or two” to get into the iconic oufit from the “Fat” music video, which he changes into while funny videos show on a screen.


1. Prince Sent Al a Telegram Requesting No Eye Contact.

Years ago, Al was supposed to be seated near Prince at the American Music Awards. Shortly before the ceremony he received a telegram of all things letting him know that he was not to look the Purple One directly in the eyes, under any circumstance. He’s since spoken to other musicians, like the boys in Night Ranger, who received the same telegram, so at least it was nothing personal.

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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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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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