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 Billboard.com, 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.
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