"Weird Al" Yankovic, the biggest selling comedy recording artist of all time, performs Wednesday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts, University at Buffalo.
Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who as an awkward, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the "Dr. Demento Radio Show," would go on to enjoy a varied and successful career that is now entering its fourth decade. Over that time he has won three Grammys (with 12 nominations), racked up 31 gold and platinum albums, and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics such as "Eat It," "Like a Surgeon," "Fat," "Smells Like Nirvana," "Amish Paradise" and "The Saga Begins."
Yankovic is also well known for his cult-hit feature film "UHF" (1989), his late '90s CBS Saturday morning series "The Weird Al Show" and the numerous "AL-TV" specials that he's made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His previous album "Straight Outta Lynwood" (2006), the highest-charting of his career, spawned the Billboard Top 10 single "White & Nerdy," the video of which spent two months at No. 1 on iTunes and garnered more than 100 million hits on the Internet.
Since then, Yankovic has performed 240 concerts throughout North America, Australia and Europe. He released his greatest hits package "The Essential "Weird Al" Yankovic" (Legacy), directed the themed attraction "Al's Brain: A 3-D Journey through the Human Brain" (featuring cameos by everybody from Fabio to Paul McCartney), and accumulated more than 2 million followers on Twitter. And with the recent release of his children's book "When I Grow Up" (HarperCollins), Al now adds "New York Times Bestselling Author" to his resume.
He is touring in support of his first full-length studio album in nearly five years, titled "Alpocalypse."
Tickets, at $39 and $29, go on sale Friday, June 10, at 10 a.m. at the Center Box Office, Ticketmaster outlets and ticketmaster.com. Charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.