Review: ‘Weird Al Yankovic’

Weird Al Yankovic dared to be stupid Sunday, treating the crowd to almost two hours of a blend of comedy and music that included some of his hits, a few original songs and some parodies that he performs only in concert.

Weird Al Yankovic dared to be stupid Sunday, treating the crowd to almost two hours of a blend of comedy and music that included some of his hits, a few original songs and some parodies that he performs only in concert.

Yankovic jumped from the opening “Gump” (a takeoff on the Presidents of the United States of America’s “Lump”) to a rousing polka medley of hits by such artists as the Spice Girls, Chumbawamba and Marilyn Manson. This hilarious medley was accompanied by an onstage screen featuring the original artists’ videos speeded up.

The pace was break-neck as Yankovic and band moved through songs from his early albums (“Dare to Be Stupid,” “Eat It,” “Fat,” “Amish Paradise”) as well as his current disc, “Running With Scissors” (“Germs,” “All About the Pentiums”).

A humorous highlight had keyboard player Ruben Valtierra dressed in a Madonna-style pointy bra dancing seductively as Yankovic writhed on red sheets singing “Like a Surgeon.”

During costume changes, videos were screened from his recent series “The Weird Al Show” and his film “UHF,” as well as clips from “King of the Hill,” and other series and films with which Weird Al has been connected.

Yankovic saved his best for last in an encore pairing of his hit “The Saga Begins” (a recounting of the “Star Wars” prequel set to the music of “American Pie”), from the “Scissors” album, and “Yoda,” his reworking of the Kinks’ “Lola.” The crowd took to its feet when in walked Jake Lloyd, young Anakin Skywalker from “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” Lloyd sang along with both songs and looked askance at Yankovic’s antics.

Weird Al Yankovic

Greek Theater; 6,162 seats; $35 top

Production

Presented by Nederlander.

Cast

Band: Weird Al Yankovic, Steve Jay, Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz, Ruben Valtierra, Jim West.
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