“Weird Al” Yankovic, the biggest-selling comedy recording artist of all time, returns to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Saturday, April 13 at 8 pm. Tickets go on sale Saturday, December 8 at noon.
Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with more than 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won 3 GRAMMY®s (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for WeirdAl classics such as Eat It, Like a Surgeon, Fat, Smells Like Nirvana, Amish Paradise, and The SagaBegins.His most recent album Alpocalypsewas released on June 21, 2011, charting at #9 inBillboard magazine, the highest debut of his storied career. The first single from the album was the Lady Gaga parody Perform This Way. Alpocalypse was nominated for two GRAMMY® Awards, for Best Comedy Album and Best Short Form Video for the Perform This Way music video.
In addition to his recordings and world-famous music videos,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 he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His previous album StraightOutta Lynwood (2006) spawned the Billboard Top 10 single White & Nerdy, the video for which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered more than 100 million hits on the Internet.
Since then, he released his greatest hits package The Essential “Weird Al” Yankovic (Legacy), wrote, starred in and 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 attracted more than 2.5 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. A Webby Award-winning app version of the book for the iPhone and iPad is also available.
In October of 2011, in tandem with the release of Alpocalypse, Comedy Central aired the prime time concert special “Weird Al” Yankovic Live: The Alpocalypse Tour filmed at Toronto’s venerable Massey Hall, and released the unabridged version of the concert on DVD and Blu-Ray. This year, The Nerdist Channel debuted Face 2 Face with “Weird Al” Yankovic, a web series where Al “interviews” some of the biggest stars in show business including Harrison Ford, Nicolas Cage, Julianne Moore, Morgan Freeman, and many others. On October 1, Abrams released Weird Al: The Book, an illustrated coffee table book on Al’s life and career, and a follow-up to his HarperCollins children’s book is scheduled for 2013.
Weird Al, along with his same band of three decades, has performed more than 1,000 career concerts and continues to tour with his rock and comedy multimedia show throughout the world.
Reserved tickets priced at $55, $45 and $35 will be available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office located at 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling 727.791.7400. The Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office is open Monday through Saturday, from 9 am to 6 pm and one hour prior to show time. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.RuthEckerdHall.com 24/7.