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Weird Al Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic

Weird Al Yankovic

Costa Mesa, CA USA

"If you do what makes you happy, you'll never be a disappointment to yourself."

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Weird Al's work combines: Music, Writing, and Being Creative

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Day In The Life


I parody popular culture through humorous and satirical songs and performances.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree


    California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

Life & Career Milestones

My path in life has been direct

  • 1.

    After excelling in art and math, his counselors recommended that he study architecture.

  • 2.

    He went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo-an excellent school for the subject-but about halfway through his studies, he realized his heart wasn't in it.

  • 3.

    What he truly enjoyed was doing his shift at the campus radio station (where he invented his stage name, "Weird Al").

  • 4.

    Says that the years after college were "pretty scary" because he had a degree he didn't want to use, and he had no idea how to break into the music world.

  • 5.

    Throughout his life, he'd recorded songs with his accordion and sent them to the Dr. Demento show, which played novelty songs.

  • 6.

    Some of his parody songs started to get positive responses from the show's listeners, so Dr. Demento decided he'd fund Al's first EP.

  • 7.

    In the beginning, most people wrote him off; the irony is, his career has outlasted the careers of most people he's parodied over the years.

  • 8.

    Says you need to know you went through life giving it your best shot; you don't want to look back over your life with regret.