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 an American comedy TV series of 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, including that of MTV's moon landing image sequence. The show features commercials for imaginary products, fake interviews with celebrities, comments on the latest music news, letters from fans, and bizarre non sequiturs. For fake interviews, the show edits footage from unrelated outside interviews and manipulates it such that Al appears to be interviewing the celebrity in a silly or mocking way.

Al TV's main focus is music videos, especially his own, as well as others of an unusual or surreal comedy nature. 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 vocals 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.

Episode list[edit]

The following is a list of Al TV episodes. The first eight specials were broadcast on MTV. The ninth and tenth specials were broadcast on VH1:

See also[edit]

  • Nerdist, hosting the series called Face to Face where Al conducts fake interviews in the style of Al TV's

References[edit]

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

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