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March 23, 2010

Geek Out!: Trailer for Weird Al 'biopic' up on Funny or Die

Posted: 11:59 AM ET
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Remember when "Weird Al" Yankovic hooked up with Madonna?

Or the booze-fueled meltdown that nearly ended his career?

Yeah ... neither do we. But that didn't keep all of those titillating moments out of a movie trailer for "Weird:  The Al Yankovic Story."

The spoof video was posted early Tuesday on the comedy site Funny or Die.

Watch the video.

"Finally, my life story is being made into a major motion picture!" Yankovic wrote early Tuesday morning on his Twitter feed - @alyankovic.

The trailer spans Yankovic's fictional life, from being busted as a child for hiding copies of "Accordion Player" magazine under his mattress to the drunken tirade aimed at his bandmates - a staple of any rock star's life story.

"Nobody wants to hear a parody song, when they can hear the real thing for the same price," Yankovic says, playing a smarmy record-company executive.

"Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul plays Al himself in a star-studded cast that includes Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen, Olivia Wilde and comedian Patton Oswalt as Dr. Demento, the host of the syndicated novelty-song show on which Weird Al got his start.

Founded by actor Will Ferrell and others, Funny or Die has emerged as a platform for famous actors to cut loose - filming one-off projects they probably couldn't get approved anywhere else.

Sadly, there are no plans for an actual movie on the life of the man who brought us classics like "Eat It," "Dare to Be Stupid" and "White & Nerdy."

But if he can spoof the songs of famous pop stars, why not follow them into the biopic world too?

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WhiteandNerdyGirl   March 23rd, 2010 12:26 pm ET

Beyond a Weird Al biopic, the question is why hasn't Al been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

Eric Roberts, Aurora, IL   March 23rd, 2010 12:32 pm ET

Weird Al is a creative genius and a creative inspiration. I remember the Sunday night when Dr. Demento played one of the first Weird Al hits...I have been hooked ever since. Parody on Al!!!!

Eric Roberts, Aurora, IL   March 23rd, 2010 12:34 pm ET

WhiteandNerdygirl...there are a lot of talented artists that deserve to be in the RRHOF WAY more than many of the ones that have been inducted. RRHOF has noting to do with an artist's contribution to rock, but the politics of the BOD and whether or not the chairman likes them.

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PiercedPsycho   March 23rd, 2010 4:02 pm ET

Funny or Die is a sham.

Amy Poehler STOLE a skit done by Lex and Terry TWICE.

The whole "panties" thing?

Lex and Terry.

The two old friends who are reunited and start making out?

Lex and Terry.

Funny or Die promotes PLAGIARISM.

Mohamed   March 23rd, 2010 4:14 pm ET

Weird Al needs to get a chill pill!!

gabe o'haire   March 24th, 2010 8:28 am ET

weird al is better than all musicans combined execpt andy sandberg he's equal to him

Sean D.   March 24th, 2010 9:54 am ET

I would pay to see a Weird Al movie. UHF was super funny (SUPPLIES!!!)

Joe   March 24th, 2010 10:06 am ET

Andy Sandberg? ... It is Samberg.

x-y and z   March 24th, 2010 10:07 am ET

I still proudly show-off my weird al t-shirt he autographed in Soldotna Alaska (from the early 90's)...HEY AL...hang in the brah. God Bless you man!!!!!!

Neeneko   March 24th, 2010 1:00 pm ET

Heh. If he produced this movie, I would likely watch it.

Though it would be nice if some of the other artists from Dr Demento got more notice. It seems like we only have room for one comedy band in the public mind, when Weird Al is not even considered the best Demento's finds.....

Matt   March 24th, 2010 1:27 pm ET

Al has made tons of money re-writing other peoples songs and making people happy. Does it really hurt your feelings that he's in the RRHOF? He's a comedic musician, he never claimed to be Elvis. His albums have gone PLATINUM, that's why he's in the RRHOF, or is going to be- I dont know.

Sean D.   March 24th, 2010 3:03 pm ET

Poeple like Adam are the reason most Weird Al fans don't claim thier fanship in public. You can try to explain exactly why its funny till you're blue in the face, but if they insist on feeling superior about what they call humor – there's nothing you can do. In the end its usually better laugh out loud by yourself than be ridiculed.

Glenn   March 24th, 2010 3:20 pm ET

I don't know if Weird Al deserves to be in the RRHOF, but I do know that I've been listening and laughing at his stuff for literally decades. I believe that he is extremely talented and appreciated by loads of people. Keep it up Al, I'm behind you 100%!!

Marco Hernandez   March 24th, 2010 4:10 pm ET

I remember whaching the WierdAl videos on MTV, and i had fun whatching them. Adam Full-of-it up there can kiss my hairy behind!!!

patrick   March 24th, 2010 5:47 pm ET

I remember his old movie, "UHF."It was hilarious!

Rod from Indy   March 24th, 2010 7:30 pm ET

Personally, I've never seen any talent there. A lot of people listen to him, but a lot of people do incredibly silly things. Lady Gaga, Britney Spears...It's funny what people consider talent nowadays.

me   March 24th, 2010 8:16 pm ET

Al is actually something of a straight-edge, according to his friends. Doesn't drink, smoke, or do drugs.

Homercidal   March 25th, 2010 8:30 am ET

Many people believe that he only rewrites lyrics to others songs. They do not realize that more than half of his music is original comedy music. Usually in a parody of a certain style of music. His genius goes way past just changing lyrics. I'm not as happy with some of the hip-hop stuff he's done lately, but it's a small portion of his overall repertoire.

And his wife is smokin hot! (Sorry, Suzanne, I got a thing for ya!)

Billdozer   March 25th, 2010 8:51 am ET

"it's not that hard to take an already established song and change the words to make them dumber?" I challenge you to make the words to Crank Dat Soulja Boy any dumber than they already are.

Besides, Al doesn't even to straight parodies as much anymore. He's started doing stylistic parodies where he does an original song in the style of other artists. He's done Ben Folds, Rage Against the Machine, Cake, and Frank Zappa. If you don't think that takes talent, well then there's just no helping you.

jerry   March 25th, 2010 9:42 am ET

Literary people know that parody and satire are two of the most difficult genres of writing to pull off well. Al is recognized as being a master of the form, as well as being a very talented musician in his own right. His "The Saga Begins" is an absolutely dead-on take of the classic "The Day the Music Died," all the way down to internal rhyme scheme and parallel narrative. And at the same time it packs enough insider Star Wars jokes and references to fill a ComicCon convention. If talent and contribution to pop culture are considerations, then he certainly is as qualified for the RRHOF as many of the others who are in there

Anna   March 25th, 2010 10:19 am ET

Weird Al kicks @ss. Bite me when you say he's not a music genius. How many people who uses the accordian other than traditional polka music? Very little if any.

So he's not a genius because he thinks "outside of the box" from twisting other people's songs? Get a clue. Everyone does a "remake" of other people's stuff. I remember the day N'SINC (or some crap like that) came out. A lot of their songs sound remarkably close to Backstreet Boys (whom I liked as a little girl). How about Rihana (sp) and her song "Living your life". It's taken from "Numa Numa" by Ozone. I can name a ton. Fyi, it's SUPPOSED to be stupid. That's why it's called "comedy". It's meant to be so stupid it's funny.

Nighthaawk   March 29th, 2010 7:04 am ET

Mr. Yankovic is one heck of an entertainment! If you ever get a chance to see him in concert. – GO!! It's great show and flies in the face of the latest trends of music. It reduces the latest "IN" trend to what it eventually becomes – the cast-off of the "hip" crowds who shove it aside for the next popular trend! Al is a master at pointing out how sad and shallow popular culture is,,,

When you see the crowd lightiing cell phones and echoing "YODA" to
"LOLA" get it !!!!

Joe Mason   July 9th, 2010 8:43 am ET

Backstreet boys is a very popular band during my teenage years, they are great performers too.:,-

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