Weird Al Yankovic’s work transcends genres and generations. His ability to pull inspiration from some of the biggest hits of our time, along with the talent to write really solid original music of his own have made him an international household name for decades. Weird Al’s performance at The Moontower Comedy Festival in Austin, Texas featured him, his band, along with special guest, Emo Philips and I swear, there never was a more perfect pair than Weird Al Yankovic and Emo Philips.
Emo’s jokes were pure, clean and simple; yet brilliant. His writing ability is ridiculous and his 30 minute set was completely packed with consistently hilarious content. Emo’s on stage essence is that of a French clown; without the makeup or language barrier. Emo is eccentric, so performing to a theater full of people who are there to see a man named “WEIRD AL” is definitely his ideal demographic. Emo’s material is clean, which makes him an even more perfect performer for this crowd since there were plenty of kids in attendance at this show. Needless to say, the crowd loved him.
Weird Al and his band took the stage and really got the party started. The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill Advised Vanity Tour kicked off this winter and is a much more scaled down version of the types of tours Al is famous for and has traditionally always taken. There were no screens, no costumes and no parodies; just the musicians, their instruments and some of his older, original songs, some of which have never been performed at a concert before this tour.
Yankovic did not anticipate his fans were going to be happy about not hearing their favorite parodies being performed so went ahead and attached a warning label to the tour by naming it, The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill Advised Vanity Tour. I will admit that I was not completely familiar with all of the songs he played, but it didn’t really matter to me. I got a total kick out of hearing him sing, tell stories between songs and play his accordion live on stage.
I am happy to announce that multiple generations enjoying his music together is a phenomenon that is still going strong in 2018. There were at least three families in my section that had adolescent and teenage children with them who were rocking out to songs like, “The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota” right there with their parents or guardians. How cool is that?! Kids at a 9:30 comedy show is not something you see everyday, but Weird Al Yankovic is different. He has the ability to create comedy that stands the test of time and is continued to be passed down and shared throughout generations.
Weird Al has an amazing gift for both music and comedy and I cannot wait to see him perform live again in the future. Weird Al Yankovic and The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill Advised Vanity Tour with special guest, Emo Philips will continue to tour all over North America all throughout the spring.