Facts About the Curly-Haired Parody Poet, Weird Al Yankovic

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Last updated on May 9th, 2022 at 05:35 pm

Who is Weird Al Yankovic? Weird Al is an American singer, lyricist, comedian, movie star, and music producer.

He is credited with creating songs that lighten the mood. Since launching his career, he has released more than 150 songs.

He is currently among the most successful artist, with over 12 million albums sold worldwide. Six of these have been certified platinum.

Yankovic is best known for his amusing music videos, which he directs and uploads to YouTube.

Weird Al Yankovic’s Real Name

Weird Al Yankovic’s real name is Alfred Matthew Yankovic.


The Weird One, The King of Parody, The Boneless Boy

Zodiac sign

Weird Al is a Scorpio

Weird Al Yankovic net worth

How much is Weird Al Yankovic’s worth? Weird Al Yankovic’s net worth is $20 million.

What is Weird Al Yankovic’s age?

As of 2022 January, Weird Al Yankovic is 62 years. He was born on October 23, 1959 in Downey, California, USA

How tall is Weird Al Yankovic?

Weird Al Yankovic height is 6′ (1.83 m)


Weird Al was born in Downey, California.


His birthdate is October 23, 1959.

Weird Al Yankovic wife

Weird Al Yankovic married Suzanne Krajewski on February 10, 2001. Suzanne Krajewski is a 20th Century Fox marketing executive. Together, they have a child.

Weird Al Yankovic’s daughter

Nina Yankovic, the couple’s daughter, was born on February 11, 2003, almost exactly two years after their marriage.

Nina Yankovic is 18 years old as of January 2022.

Does Weird Al Yankovic do drugs?

You may think Weird Al may participate in the use of mind-altering substances such as marijuana or psychedelics in order to achieve the silly ideas for his songs, however, Yankovic is a devout Christian who abstains from all forms of alcohol and drugs.

Tragic Death of Yankovic’s Parents

In 2004, his parents died of inadvertent carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a malfunctioning fireplace.

Yankovic got on stage and delivered a good performance of a previously planned concert despite being informed of their demise only hours earlier.

Is Weird Al Yankovic vegan?

Weird Al Yankovic decided to convert to a vegan diet in 1992 after receiving a vegan advocates’ publication.

Where does Weird Al Yankovic live?

He purchased a 7,000-square-foot property in the Hollywood Hills for $2 million in 2001. Comparable nearby homes recently sold for between $7-9 million.


Yankovic’s father always encouraged him as a child to pursue his own happiness.

Accordingly, he took his first accordion lesson shortly before turning seven.

His passion for music stems from his initial interest in the accordion.

He began teaching himself to play it, and after three years, learned to play rock n’ roll music by listening to Elton John.

On the other hand, as regards comedy, Yankovic’s early influences in comedy included Frank Zappa, Spike Jones, and Shel Silverstein.

Weird Al started kindergarten a year early and skipped second grade, which irked his older classmates. He said that he got lots of verbal abuse but learned to run quite fast.

He said he spent recess imagining himself as Mr. Terrific, a TV character who took a power pill to become a superhero.

In high school, he joined the National Forensic League and the “Volcano Worshippers Club.” He worked temporarily as an accordion instructor and a repo man.

To save money, he also worked for a radio syndication firm in Culver City, California, first in the mailroom, then in the office.

Yankovic would be valedictorian of Lynwood High School at 16.


As a sixteen-year-old, Weird Al Yankovic launched his career on Dr. Demento’s radio show when the host played taped recordings of his several parody songs.

He also began performing at local coffeehouses during this time period.

Yankovic also worked as a DJ for his institution’s radio station while attending university at Cal Poly, where he earned the moniker “Weird Al” for the very first time.

He chose to use it professionally, although it was originally a derogatory label bestowed upon him by his classmates.

In 1978, he released his first single, “Take Me Down,” which was later included on the Slo Grown LP.

Following the chart success of “My Sharona,” Yankovic parodied “My Bologna,” which Dr. Demento once again performed.

The Knack’s lead singer listened to the song and suggested that Capitol Records sign Yankovic – which they did.

Thereafter, Weird Al Yankovic recognized that he could make a living performing music.

He returned to Dr. Demento’s radio show in 1980 to record another live parody single, “Another One Rides the Bus”—a reworked version of Queen‘s song.

It soared in popularity and resulted in Yankovic’s first television appearances. Yankovic went on tour with Dr. Demento in 1981.

After seeing Yankovic perform, a manager organized auditions to create Yankovic’s band.

Yankovic’s subsequent song, “I Love Rocky Road,” charted in the top 40 and landed him a new recording contract with Scotti Brothers Records.

Later that year, he launched his self-titled debut album. Additionally, he made his MTV debut and launched a full-time career as an artist.

His subsequent album, titled ‘Weird Al Yankovic in 3-D’, featured the single “Eat It.”

The parody of “Beat It” by Michael Jackson, features a music video of its own.

Yankovic released Off the Deep End in 1992, which included the “Smells Like Nirvana” song—often regarded as Yankovic’s first satirical work, and Nirvana members reportedly found it amusing.

Rick Derringer created six of Yankovic’s early albums, earning Yankovic Grammy nominations.

However, Yankovic started producing his music in 1992. He released the Running With Scissors album in 1999. Which such chart-topping singles as “The Saga Begins.”

Weird Al Yankovic announced in 2014 that Mandatory Fun will indeed be his last “old-style” album, preferring to release singles and music videos via YouTube and social media.

Nevertheless, the album went on to become a Billboard chart-topper.

Weird Al Yankovic movie

Roku Channel is expected to release a movie about Yankovic’s life titled “Weird”. The Weird Al Yankovic Story, where Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe will play Yankovic.

Co-written by Yankovic himself, the movie will explore different areas of his life including his early projects and relationship with Michael Jackson.

Weird Al has hosted MTV shows and his own on CBS. He also does voiceovers on Cartoon Network.

It has been a while since Yankovic has dabbled in film. In 1989, he starred in the comedy/ drama titled UHF.

The movie flopped, destroying Yankovic’s confidence. UHF became a cult classic, and collectors’ VHS copies are currently worth a small fortune.

Michael Jackson adored Yankovic’s music

Yankovic initially doubted Michael Jackson‘s willingness to parody “Beat It,” but was pleasantly surprised to learn from his agents that Michael found “Eat It” amusing.

Years later, when Yankovic suggested a parody of Jackson’s “Bad” song, Jackson not only agreed but also allowed him to use “Badder” music video’s set for “Fat.”

The song won the 1988 Grammy award for the Best Concept Video.

Michael and Yankovic met twice. The first time was backstage at one of Michael’s shows when Yankovic presented him with a record for the album Even Worse.

The second time occurred following a television show taping, during which Jackson stated that he would show UHF to his Neverland Ranch friends.

When they worked on their respective albums in the same studio, Al would occasionally receive a small note in the door that Michael signed.

Eminem was stingy with Yankovic

Despite the fact that Eminem allowed Yankovic to parody the audio form of “Lose Yourself” as “Couch Potato,” he didn’t permit him to make the parody’s music video.

Yankovic asserted that Eminem refused because it would “be detrimental to his career or image.”

The video was going to be a mash-up of extracts from Eminem’s other videos.

Because Yankovic’s first singles are typically heavily promoted via music videos, this effectively killed plans for “Couch Potato” to top the charts.

Written by Bo Weber

Supporting artists since 2014


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