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Oct 31

His Weirdness brings parody back to Poly

Joining the ranks of people like Michael Jackson, Madonna and Lady Gaga can't be all that bad. Which is why Weird Al Yankovic rarely gets hassled by the artists he parodies.

In fact, for many artists, having Weird Al parody their songs is a bit of an honor.

"Every now and then I'll be at a party or an awards show and somebody will come up to me and say, 'When are you going to get around to one of my songs?' Yankovic told me during an interview this summer. "And I'm never sure if they're being sincere or trying to be funny or make conversation."

Yankovic returns to his alma mater, Cal Poly, Wednesday with a concert at the Christopher Cohan Performing Arts Center.

While he's been making parodies since his days at Cal Poly in the late 70s, Yankovic's popularity has endured. In fact, on YouTube, the videos for his song "White & Nerdy" have amassed over 100 million views.

We don't know what his plans are this time around, but after one show in San Luis Obispo many years ago, Yankovic actually visited his old dorm, surprising the current occupants.

"I went back to my old dorm and just kind of hung out for a little bit," he said. "I think I attracted a crowd pretty quickly."

I saw Yankovic's show here a few years ago, and it was a hoot. He really does manage to pulloff his schtick in a live performance.

For more info, check out the PAC's website.

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