Everyone’s favorite musical satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic hasn’t had a cable special in over a decade, but the comedy-polka-rocker just announced his triumphant return to television. The hour-long special’s official title is “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! — The Alpocalypse Tour and is slated for broadcast on Comedy Central at 9 p.m. on Oct. 1.
That’s only one piece of breaking Weird Al news: In addition to Yankovic’s upcoming return to the tube, he just released a brand new music video for his absurd polka parody “Polka Face,” the latest in his series of polka-d out renditions of the most ridiculous current popular music. Generally he offers one polka medley per album, and this one is culled from his newest effort Alpocalypse.
Obviously, “Polka Face” includes Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” (kind of a gimme for Yankovic this time out, no?), as well as Britney Spears’ “Womanizer,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby,” Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘n’ Nite,” Owl City’s “Fireflies,” and Katy Perry’s “I Kissed a Girl,” among others. The video itself is no less absurd, featuring cardboard stop-motion animation of Yankovic rocking out on accordion with his band of Smurf-like abominable snowman dudes, interspersed with ridiculous song-specific montages including one with giant robots terrorizing a city.
But wait, there’s more! Along with all the polka madness, Yankovic has announced he will be releasing his Comedy Central special on DVD and Blu-Ray three days after it airs. The DVD, which will sport the same title as the special itself, will include about 90 minutes’ worth of extra concert footage and bonus features.
And Yankovic is now on tour (hence the special’s title) in support of Alpocalypse, which kicked off Sept. 20 and will sweep across the U.S. through mid-November. Check out the dates.
“Weird Al” Yankovic Alpocalypse Tour dates:
28 – Mobile, Ala. @ Saenger Theatre
29 – Montgomery, Ala. @ Montgomery PAC
30 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ryman Auditorium
1 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cobb Energy Center
4 – Hollywood, Fla. @ Seminole Hard Rock
5 – Orlando, Fla. @ Hard Rock Orlando
6 – Clearwater, Fla. @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
8 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Ovens Auditorium
9 – Durham, N.C. @ Durham PAC
11 – Red Bank, N.J. @ Count Basie Theatre
13 – Allentown, Pa. @ Allentown Symphony Hall
14 – New Bedford, Mass. @ Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
15 – Boston, Mass. @ Orpheum Theatre
16 – Concord, N.H. @ Chubb Theatre
18 – Albany, N.Y. @ Palace Theatre
19 – Washington, D.C. @ Warner Theatre
21 – Morristown, N.J. @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
22 – Huntington, N.Y. @ Paramount Theatre
23 – New York, N.Y. @ Beacon Theatre
2 – San Luis Obispo, Calif. @ Christopher Cohan Center
4 – Santa Cruz, Calif. @ Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
5 – Reno, Nev. @ Grand Theatre
6 – Oakland, Calif. @ Fox Theatre Oakland
7 – Santa Rosa, Calif. @ Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
9 – Modesto, Calif. @ Gallo Center for the Arts
11 – Anaheim, Calif. @ City National Grove of Anaheim
12 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Pantages Theatre