Weird Al’s Brain Goes On Tour

It’s not every day that “Weird Al” Yankovic is in the news. 

"Weird Al" Yankovic

"Weird Al" Yankovic

After all, it’s been 30 years since he was introduced to a wider audience with his accordion-styled parodies of The Knack’s “My Sharona” (“My Bologna”) and Queen’s “Another One Bites The Dust” (“Another One Rides The Bus”) and 25 years since he exploded into pop culture icon status with “Eat It”.

Michael Jackson’s passing has brought back some reminders of those days (including a subsequent MJ parody with “Fat” in 1988), but despite the fact that Yankovic admits that he “may not have had a career if it had not been for Michael”, that is not the reason that the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog ran a feature on Yankovic this weekend.

In fact, WSJ caught up with Weird Al to discuss his new project called “Al’s Brain”, premiering at the 2009 OC Super Fair this weekend (and running through August 9th).

The Daily Pilot provides more details on the 10-minute 3-D movie, which cost $2.5 million to design and will be offered as a touring exhibit to other fairs nationwide, beginning with Western Washington’s Puyallup Fair in mid-September.

Is there actually an audience for this?  Well, turns out that Weird Al has been selling out concerts in Orange County for some time now and OC Fair organizers wanted to capitalize on that success to build out a more accessible attraction for this year’s event.

Personally, I love the fair.  Deep-fried Snickers, corn on the cob, turkey legs, funnel cakes, blue ribbon farm animals, and carnies – the only thing missing has been a 10-minute 3-D movie answering popular trivia questions about the brain (“Can a person survive with a metal stake driven through his skull?”) featuring a bizarre accordion-playing weirdo.  It’s actually genius, if you think about it.

If you’re not among the fortunate few to check out “Al’s Brain” this summer, contact your local fair and let them know that your life will not be complete without a chance to see this traveling show in your hometown next year.  You heard it here first.  And, admittedly, if you’re just not interested in such guilty pleasures, possibly last as well.

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~ by acm213 on July 12, 2009.

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