'Weird Al' Yankovic

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  • Birth Name: Alfred Matthew Yankovic
  • Birth Place: Downey, CA
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 10/23/1959, Libra
  • Profession: Comedy singer-songwriter; satirist; actor
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'Weird Al' Yankovic Fast Facts:
  • Influences include Spike Jones, Stan Freberg, Tom Lehrer, Allan Sherman, Shel Silverstein and Frank Zappa.
  • Valedictorian of his high school class. 
  • Began his career while a teenager in the 1970s by sending cassettes of his accordion-powered ditties to Dr. Demento, whose syndicated radio show featured comedy and novelty songs.
  • Deejayed on his college radio station under the name "Weird Al."
  • Released his first single, "My Bologna," a parody of the Knack's "My Sharona," in 1979.
  • Well-known parodies include "Another One Rides the Bus" (Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust"); "Eat It" (Michael Jackson's "Beat It"); "I'm Fat" (Jackson's "I'm Bad"); and "Amish Paradise" (Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise"). 
  • Released the first musical-comedy album on CD with Dare to Be Stupid in 1985. 
  • Receives permission from the writers of the songs he parodies (although, legally, he doesn't have to).
  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic Relationships:
  • Mary Yankovic - Mother
  • Nick Yankovic - Father
  • Suzanne Krajewski - Wife
  • Nina Yankovic - Daughter
  • Victoria Jackson - Ex-significant Other
  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic Awards:
  • 1984 Grammy: Best Comedy Recording - Winner
  • 2003 Grammy: Best Comedy Album - Winner
  • 1988 Grammy: Best Concept Music Video - Winner
  • College:
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA (BS in Architecture, 1980)

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