To celebrate its 100th episode, MAD is getting "Super"-sized. The animated sketch-comedy series features a parody of the Superman blockbuster Man of Steel in Monday's double-sized show (Nov. 11 at 8:30/7:30c on Cartoon Network). Producer Kevin Shinick recruited Weird Al Yankovic and Henry Winkler to voice Superman and his father, Jor-El, respectively in the sketch, which takes a playful jab at the film's controversial violence.
The network gave Shinick 22-minutes to play with — twice the Emmy-nominated show's typical episode length — and he's stuffed it with a variety of pop-culture parodies and comedy bits. The featured musical sketch, "The Worst Show Ever," is inspired by a certain boy band. "It's One Direction's take on having to watch MAD," Shinick says, emphasizing his series' self-deprecating attitude. Yankovic will voice the band's manager.
When we last left our heroes The Aquabats, the rock n' roll superheroes had just saved the world — but were propelled deep into space. Now, as The Hub's The Aquabats! Super Show returns for a second season, the band is back on Earth and received as heroes.
"It's not revealed how they make it back to earth, but we'd love to explore that later," says executive producer Christian Jacobs, whose alter ego, MC Bat Commander, is the de facto leader of The Aquabats. "With the loss of Super Magic Power Man, played by 'Weird Al' Yankovic, the earth is happy to have us back. The Aquabats are still five goofballs, but now there are these huge expectations for them to perform. They've got the weight of the world on their shoulders."
The Aquabats have come a long way, from their start as an early 1990s Orange County, Calif., band to the stars of their own TV show. (Jacobs is also one of the creators of the preschool sensation Yo Gabba Gabba!). "The fact that The Aquabats! Super Show is out and people are responding to it well and kids like it too, not just thirtysomething dads, it's really gratifying," he says.
Dana Carvey, Jay Leno
This week, a bunch of sad hopefuls auditioned for American Idol, Dana Carvey sang "The Ballad of Jay Leno" and Lance Armstrong endured a public shaming by Oprah Winfrey. And in spoofs, Manti Te'o made an eHarmony ad and comedians advertised Birth Control Yogurt. Check out these clips and more in our Top Videos of the Week.
Yes, that's "Weird Al" Yankovic behind that mask, protecting the people and saving the earth as Super Magic Power Man. Yankovic guest stars on the Season 1 finale of The Hub's The Aquabats! Super Show, which airs June 16 (11am ET, 8am PT).
The Aquabats Super Show
Pool party, baby! After years of trying, superhero rockers The Aquabats finally make it to your TV screen this Saturday with The Hub's new quirky comedy series The Aquabats Super Show!
The video for "Weird Al" Yankovic's much-discussed Lady Gaga parody "Perform This Way" has at last arrived and it's ... kind of unnecessary? True to Al's form, the visuals are literal translations of his lyrics, but skewering someone as outlandish as Lady Gaga feels like shooting fish in an egg. We don't need Weird Al to tell us that Lady Gaga wears silly things, and then show us how silly they are by wearing them himself. Most of us have functioning eyeballs and were able to take in the intentional spectacle of the meat dress or police-tape outfit the first time around...
Weird Al Yankovic
We already knew that "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Polka Face" would reference Lady Gaga's "Poker Face," but the rest of the relatively recent pop hits he runs through in under five minutes are news to us. Courtesy of Stereogum, here's what's covered...
"Weird Al" Yankovic has been cleared to use his parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" on his upcoming album.
On Wednesday, the pop parodist posted a lengthy screed on his blog he called "The Gaga Saga," in which he claimed that the pop diva had blocked the song's use on his next collection. Yankovic's frustration was palpable, since, according to him, he jumped through all of the necessary hoops (all of them through Gaga's people, not her directly) to get his "Perform This Way" cleared...
Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die web series, Between Two Ferns, took home two Streamy Awards — for best comedic actor and best comedy series.
The second annual Streamy Awards ...
Ray Charles got one. So did Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. Hey, even Dewey Cox got one. So it's about time that Weird Al Yankovic's life story is immortalized in film.
The folks at Funny or Die have unveiled its latest creation, a fake trailer for the stirring Weird: The Al Yankovic Story (which is not coming to a theater near you).
Watch videos of Weird Al
Mocking every formulaic convention of the biopic — succeeding in his ...