Al TV

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Al TV
Also known as"Weird Al" TV
GenreComedy
Music
Written by"Weird Al" Yankovic
Directed byJay Levey
Robert K. Weiss
Presented by"Weird Al" Yankovic
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes10
Production
Running time60-240 minutes
Release
Original networkMTV
VH1
Original releaseApril 1, 1984 (1984-04-01) –
December 12, 2006 (2006-12-12)

Al TV is an American comedy TV series 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. As its theme music, the series featured a re-recording of MTV's own theme at the time, featuring Yankovic on accordion and manualist "Musical Mike" Kieffer. 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. As the series was conceived as a straight parody of the then-fledgling MTV network, early Al TV episodes featured music videos from popular artists of the time, including Peter Gabriel, David Bowie, and The Rolling Stones; these were eventually phased out. 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 was broadcast in Canada, under the name Al Music, as it aired on Canada's MuchMusic network.

Clips from Al TV, mainly fake interviews, are shown during costume changes in Yankovic's live shows. Yankovic's 1985 "documentary" The Compleat Al also included clips from AL TV.

Episode list[edit]

Ten episodes have been produced, the first eight specials on MTV, the last two on VH1:

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.

See also[edit]

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

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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