|Also known as||"Weird Al" TV|
|Written by||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
Robert K. Weiss
|Presented by||"Weird Al" Yankovic|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||60-240 minutes|
|Original release||April 1, 1984– December 12, 2006|
Al TV is an American comedy TV series created by and starring singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic.
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 (which Yankovic continued to mock long after MTV had stopped using it). 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 (many of which would never be played by MTV or on any other video music program). 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.
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.
Due to copyright restrictions, Al TV has never been released on DVD, but off-the-air copies (including real commercials) have surfaced on the internet.
- Al TV #1 - In 3-D; April 1, 1984; four hours
- Al TV #2 - In 3-D; September 3, 1984; four hours
- Al TV #3 - Dare to Be Stupid; July 7, 1985; four hours
- Al TV #4 - Polka Party!; February 3, 1987; two hours
- Al TV #5 - Even Worse; April 20, 1988; two hours
- Al TV #6 - Off the Deep End; April 26, 1992; three hours, plus one hour sneak peek
- Al TV #7 - Bad Hair Day; May 23, 1996; two hours
- Al TV #8 (Al 2K) - Running with Scissors; December 4, 1999; two hours
- Al TV #9 - Poodle Hat; June 17, 2003; one hour
- Al TV #10 - Straight Outta Lynwood; December 15, 2006; one hour
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.
- Nerdist, hosting the series called Face to Face where Al conducts fake interviews in the style of Al TV.