‘Weird Al’ Yankovic Salutes His Hero, Stan Freberg

Weird Al Salutes Hero Stan Freberg

The first time I was exposed to the work of Stan Freberg was when some prankster in my middle school played his famous soap opera parody “John and Marsha” over the public address system during class. It was unexpected, inappropriate and just plain weird; it had everyone in hysterics.

I became much more familiar with Freberg’s oeuvre when I discovered the “Dr. Demento Radio Show,” which I listened to ritualistically every Sunday night.

Stan Freberg quickly became one of my all-time heroes (along with Allan Sherman, Tom Lehrer and Spike Jones).
In the late ’90s I was fortunate enough to cast Stan Freberg in my short-lived CBS children’s series “The Weird Al Show.” Stan played J.B. Toppersmith, the cantankerous head of the network who would constantly make my life miserable by giving me ridiculous notes and suggestions.

As long as I live, I’ll never forget what an enormous thrill it was for me to wake up every morning knowing that I’d be working alongside my hero, the great Mr. Freberg.

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  1. Tom Degan says:

    Give me a day or two while I adjust to the idea of a world without Stan Freberg. This is going to be a bit tricky.

  2. Tim says:

    Dickie Goodman was the original parody artist

  3. Pendit1 says:

    FINALLY….proper recognition of comedy king Stan Freberg. I still have a ‘single’ of his ‘Wunerful, Wunerful’ send-up of the Lawrence Welk Program. His humor is timeless and I’m so glad to see that he’s still with us. Wish he were on TV & radio. He is ‘funnier’ than a lot people who get waaaay too much air& face-time for their meager efforts, IMHO.

  4. Who can forget
    “CLYDE ANKLE” ?
    FREBERG: A FORCE THAT MOULDED COMEDY THROUGHOUT THE PAST CENTURY!!!!!!!
    PHIL “J”.

  5. D Zotian says:

    My favorite thing to listen to when I need a good laugh is “Stan Freeberg Presents the United States of America.” I ‘borrow’ lines from it all the time. I can tell how cool someone is if they recognize the line and give me the next one.

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