Al TV

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Al TV
Also known as "Weird Al" TV
Genre Comedy
Music
Written by "Weird Al" Yankovic
Directed by Jay Levey
Robert K. Weiss
Presented by "Weird Al" Yankovic
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 10
Production
Running time 60-240 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel MTV
VH1
Original run April 1, 1984 (1984-04-01) – December 12, 2006 (2006-12-12)

Al TV is a series of comedy/music video specials created by and starring singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic.

Overview[edit]

The premise of the show is that Yankovic uses his private satellite transmitter to commandeer the airwaves of a music video station in order to show the videos that he wants to watch.

The program is primarily a parody of MTV itself, complete with slogans like "Al-TV: putting the vid in video and the odd in audio!" (Yankovic also continued to make fun of MTV's "moon launch" inserts well after the network had discontinued the original versions.) The show features commercials for imaginary products (many using the tagline "You Won't Look Like A Jerk!"), fake interviews with celebrities, comments on the latest music news, letters from fans, and bizarre non sequiturs.

Al TV's main focus, however, is music videos, especially his own, as well as others of an unusual bent, many of which would never have otherwise been seen on MTV or any other network. Al's own work consists of song parodies and "cover polkas", which essentially edit together the videos from the original artists with Al's music and singing synchronized to the video segments. Al occasionally uses this tactic for certain song parodies for which no video was made.[1]

A similar show has been broadcast in Canada, under the name Al Music. In addition, Yankovic appeared as a guest VJ on MTV on February 22, 1984, using much the same format he would later use on Al-TV.

Al TV episodes[edit]

The following is a comprehensive list of his Al TV specials to date, with the album being promoted, original air date, and program length. The first eight specials were broadcast on MTV. The ninth and tenth specials were broadcast on VH1:

Al Music episodes[edit]

The following is a comprehensive list of his Al Music specials to date, with the album being promoted, original air date, and length. All specials have been broadcast on MuchMusic:

Due to disagreements with MuchMusic, who did not want Yankovic to conduct fake interviews or music video narrations without the artists' written consent, Yankovic was not able to produce an Al Music special for Running with Scissors. A music video compilation called The "Weird Al" Yankovic Video Collection aired instead.

Fake interviews[edit]

One of the highlights of the show is the fake celebrity interviews. Yankovic takes footage from old interviews and manipulates it such that he appears to be interviewing the celebrity. The questions and answers are often of a silly nature, or often mock his interviewees. The following is a comprehensive list of his fake interviews to date:

Al TV #1

Al TV #2

Al TV #3

Al TV #4

Al TV #5

Al TV #6

Al Music #1

Al Music #2

Al Music #3

Al TV #7

  • None

Al TV #8

Al TV #9

Al TV #10

Availability[edit]

Al TV is not available on an official DVD release, and due to rights issues involving the videos is not likely to be any time soon. However, fan-recorded versions, complete with original (real) commercials, have traded among fans and on the internet.

Face To Face with Weird Al Yankovic[edit]

Face to Face is a webseries on the Nerdist YouTube channel consisting of Al TV-esque fake interviews with Hollywood actors, including Pierce Brosnan, Megan Fox, Patrick Stewart and William H. Macy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Weird Al" Yankovic (February 1999). ""Weird Al" Yankovic : The Ask Al Archive". Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-01-21. 

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