Ah, Weird Al Yankovic. He's been our guilty pleasure since the Reagan Era. And last night he took over Tacoma's Pantages Theater for 2 ½ hours of high-energy pop parody. Food puns and Imperial Stormtroopers were involved. Oh, and lots goofy costume changes. He rocked a blonde wig and Cobain's iconic stripes for “Smells Like Nirvana,”a blue peacock ensemble for Lady Gaga sendup “Perform This Way” and Jedi chic for a “Star Wars”-centric encore that included “The Saga Begins” and “Yoda” (sung to the tune of Don McLean's “American Pie” and the Kinks' “Lola,” respectively.)
Some of the cleverest moments were delivered on video. In conveniently edited interview clips, Yankovic made Eminem squirm and committed bloody suicide to escape Robert “sparkly vampire” Pattinson's insufferable rambling. Dozens of Weird Al references - lifted from David Letterman, “The Cleveland Show” and “Naked Gun,” among other places – underscored his seemingly unlikely staying power. "Son, Al Yankovic blew his brains out in the late '80s after people stopped buying his records,” Hank Hill declares on Fox-TV's animated hit, “King of the Hill.” (Oh contraire, Mr. Hill. Al's last two albums, “Straight Outta Lynnwood” and “Alpocalypse,” are his highest charting ever.)
But my pick for funniest moment is this Funny or Die trailer for a fictional, "Walk the Line" style biopic. Olivia Wilde as Madonna? Patton Oswalt as Dr. Demento? Somebody green light this thing already!