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"Weird Al" Yankovic
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Birth name Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Also known as "Weird Al" Yankovic
Born October 23, 1959 (1959-10-23) (age 61)
Downey, California, U.S.
Origin Lynwood, California, U.S.
Genres Parody, comedy, polka
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, music video director, film producer, actor
Instruments Vocals, accordion, keyboards, theremin
Years active 1981–present
Labels RCA, Capitol, Placebo, TK, Scotti Brothers, Volcano
Associated acts Dr. Demento

Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (born October 23, 1959) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, parodist, record producer, satirist, music video director, movie producer, actor, and author. He is known mainly for his parodies of popular songs. He has also starred in a movie called UHF (1989). Yankovic had a children's program for a short time. It was named The Weird Al Show. He has made parodies of songs such as "American Pie" (his ever popular "The Saga Begins"), "Ridin'" ("White and Nerdy"), "Bad" ("Fat"), "Like a Virgin" ("Like a Surgeon") and "Gangster's Paradise" ("Amish Paradise").

He also has a band to help him perform his songs. His band members are: Jim West (guitar), Steve Jay (bass), Rubén Valtierra (piano), and Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz (drums).

Yankovic has also written a children's book titled When I Grow Up.

Early life

Alfred was born in Downey, California. He was raised in the town of Lynwood, California. He is the only child of Nick Louis Yankovic (June 4, 1917 – April 9, 2004) and Mary Elizabeth Yankovic (née Vivalda; February 7, 1923 – April 9, 2004). His father was born in Kansas City, Kansas, of Yugoslavian ancestry, and began living in California after serving during World War II; he believed "the key to success" was "doing for a living whatever makes you happy" and often reminded his son of this philosophy. Nick Yankovic married Mary Elizabeth Vivalda in 1949. Mary, who was of Italian and English descent, and had come to California from Kentucky, gave birth to Alfred ten years later.

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