Weird Al Yankovic

Let's face it: You owned a bunch of Weird Al albums in junior high and knew all the words, but then felt, well, weird about it when you started high school, so you swapped them at Cheapo. But now that you're older and more secure (right?) you're not ashamed to say you still accidentally sing the lyrics to "Yoda" sometimes when the Kinks come on the radio. No worries; the undisputed king of the parody song is one of the coolest uncool guys around. He's best known for warping the words of classics by Michael Jackson and Nirvana to create pop-culture pastiche, but dig his ability to convincingly ape the styles of just about anyone in original tunes, from the spot-on David Byrne whooping on the insidiously catchy "Dog Eat Dog" to his recent turn as a growling Jim Morrison on "Craigslist." Let your geek flag fly when the Frank Sinatra of nerds comes to the fair this year. Quoth Homer Simpson: "He who is tired of Weird Al is tired of life."
Wed., Sept. 1, 8 p.m., 2010

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