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The Weird Al Show

The Weird Al Show is a short-lived television show starring "Weird Al" Yankovic. Produced in association with Dick Clark Productions, it aired Saturday mornings on the CBS TV network from September to December 1997. The show was released on DVD on August 15, 2006.

Al's television set is called "Al TV", which shares the name of another Weird Al show.

CBS' interference

Major creative conflicts occurred between CBS, which considered the show an educational children's series, and Yankovic, whose humor style was more adult-oriented. The show was cancelled after one season, along with several other series in the CBS Saturday morning lineup.

CBS sent various notes to the writers of the show after reviewing the scripts, asking the writers to "Yankocize" (i.e. make funny) the commercial-break bumper announcements that the network wrote to reinforce each episode's lesson (or as Al put it, make them suck a little less), as well as remove any "imitatible behavior" from the scripts that children might want to mimic after seeing on TV. The writers were often surprised not at what the censors took out, but what they left in — for example, a sketch (written and submitted as a joke) in which Baby and Papa Boolie commit suicide after listening to one too many of Fred Huggins's songs was being seriously considered by the network for use on the show. (The sketch was later rewritten to have Papa Boolie call a mental hospital to take Fred away.) The unused script of the unedited Fred Huggins sequence is role-played in an audio commentary for an episode on the DVD.

Theme song

The theme song can be found on Yankovic's album Running with Scissors (1999) as "The Weird Al Show Theme". The song, which contains roughly as much text as the other songs on the album crammed into little over a minute, includes musical quotations from Jurriaan Andriessen's Sciarada Spagnuola. It tells the story of how Al came to live in a cave and get a television show, including references to the fabricated life story in The Compleat Al, such as having worked in a nasal decongestant factory. Also referenced is playing on the company bowling team, which may be a reference to "Generic Blues".

Cast

Gedde Watanabe's character, Kuni, also appeared in Yankovic's film, UHF. David Bowe, Victoria Jackson, Kevin McCarthy, and Emo Philips also starred in the film.

Episodes

Thanks to The Weird Al Show: The Complete Series on DVD, the episodes have been put back in the order they aired in.

# Title Guest stars Plot Original airdate Code
1 Bad Influence
  • Julie Brown as Fashion Reporter

  • Al meets a new friend named Spike who has a "way-moby (cool) club," but when Spike tells Al that he has to rip off one pant-leg and stick his arms in chocolate syrup to be able to join the club, Harvey the Wonder Hamster smells a rat. September 13, 1997 3603
    2 Promises, Promises
  • Mike Levey as himself

  • Al lies to his friends about being being buddies with John Tesh, and they want him to prove it. September 20, 1997 3604
    3 Mining Accident
  • David Bowe as Miner

  • Some coal miners break through Al's house and he makes friends with them. September 27, 1997 3602
    4 Back to School
  • Bill Mumy as Delivery Guy

  • Al decides he wants to become smarter, and soon regrets it. October 4, 1997 3605
    5 Time Machine
  • Teri Garr as herself

  • Al forgot to get Harvey the Wonder Hamster a present on his birthday, so he invents a time machine to go back in time so he has enough time to get Harvey a present. October 11, 1997 3609
    6 One for the Record Books
  • Todd Patrick Braugh as Gene Siskel

  • Harvey the Wonder Hamster gets radioactive and grows to four times the size of Al, becoming the world's biggest hamster on Earth and getting put in the Guinness Book of World Records. Al becomes jealous and tries to make himself a world record. October 18, 1997 3606
    7 Because I Said So
  • Charles Fleischer as Buford

  • Al has to babysit Huey, Al's television producer's greedy nephew. October 25, 1997 3607
    8 Talent Show
  • Henry Corden as Fred Flintstone

  • The day of the annual "Weird Al talent show" November 1, 1997 3612
    9 Al Plays Hooky
  • Fabio as himself

  • Al decides to take a vacation, leaving Cousin Corky stuck hosting the show. November 8, 1997 3611
    10 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Hamster
  • Dr. Demento as Himself

  • Al bullies Harvey about doing a death-defying stunt, and must make amends. According to the DVD commentary, this was originally intended to be the debut episode for the series, and thus contains exposition for characters and segments on the series that seem out of place on what turned out to be the 10th episode aired. November 15, 1997 3601
    11 The Competition
  • Jimmy Briscoe as Mippy

  • Al competes against Fred Huggins and Uncle Ralphie to see who is the best TV show host. November 22, 1997 3608
    12 The Obligatory Holiday Episode
  • Dick Clark as himself

  • Al celebrates the holidays with his friends. November 29, 1997 3613
    13 Al Gets Robbed
  • Gilbert Gottfried as Al's imaginary friend Gilbert

  • Al returns to the cave from a trip and finds that all of his stuff has been stolen. December 6, 1997 3610

    In the "Al Gets Robbed" episode, the Hooded Avenger walks over to Al delivering him his tabloid papers. The paper is called "Midnight Star", referring to the same-titled song about the tabloid off "Weird Al" Yankovic in 3-D. The main headline, "Incredible Frog Boy on the Loose", refers to a lyric in the song.

    Bite Me

    After the end credits of each case, a 3 second version of the Bite Me track can be heard. Bite Me originally appeared a hidden track on "Weird Al" Yankovic's 1992 album Off the Deep End, only it was six seconds long. The track appeared after 10 minutes of silence of the final track (You Don't Love Me Anymore). However, Bite Me wasn't included on the cassette version of the album (It was on the CD version only). The track was included to scare listeners who neglected to turn the CD off.

    DVD release

    Shout Factory, a company known for bringing cult series to DVD, released The Weird Al Show - The Complete Series on August 15, 2006. It is a 3-DVD set of all 13 episodes of The Weird Al Show, plus bonus features. The episodes are presented in broadcast order.

    It was released in Canada on September 26, 2006, alongside the U.S. release of his new album, Straight Outta Lynwood.

    Before the DVD set release, a compilation of the short music video segments for "Lousy Haircut", "Lasagna", and "Livin' in the Fridge" (as well as the show opening) was released on "Weird Al" Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection in 2003.

    Special features

    • 13 commentaries with "Weird Al" as well as other cast and crew members.
    • "The Evolution of 'Fatman'", a featurette comprised of original concept art - The "Fatman" cartoons were based on Weird Al's hit song, "Fat."
    • Concept art gallery.
    • Animated storyboards.
    • Karaoke for the show's Theme Song.

    References

    External links

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