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Weird Al Yankovic talks Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson and shaving that 'stache



Before YouTube came along and allowed everyone and his slightly off-kilter 13-year-old cousin to spoof all those fluffy radio hits, pop culturists largely looked to one mustachioed madman to skewer the Madonnas of the world: Weird Al Yankovic.

Times might have changed (and his ’stache might be gone), but 50-year-old Alfred Matthew Yankovic is still out there, satirizing the chart-toppers. On Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg, the Weird One — with his trusty accordion all juiced up — will go live with such classics as Eat It and Smells Like Nirvana. Will he also take a p-p-poke at Lady Gaga?

"This kind of cracks me up," Yankovic said during a recent interview with Sean Daly and Steve Spears. "I did an interview much like this one a week or two ago, and they asked me, 'Are you considering doing a Lady Gaga parody?' And I said, 'Well, Lady Gaga is a very popular artist, so I would certainly consider doing a parody of her the same way I’d consider doing a parody of any popular artist.' And then a week later, there’s a hundred newspapers, including, saying 'Weird Al’s considering doing a Lady Gaga parody!'"

The show is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. $31.50-$61.50. (727) 892-5798.

Click here for Sean and Steve's full interview with Weird Al Yankovic, including stories of how he met Michael Jackson and why he shaved his trademark mustache. And click here for a podcast version.

Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:20pm]


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