ON THE MENU THIS WEEK:
NAME: Al Yankovic
COMPANY: Ear Booker Enterprises
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the best-selling comedy recording artist in history. The four-time Grammy® Award-winner (with 15 nominations), also is a New York Times best-selling author, a film and television personality, with recent turns on IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! as its new co-host and bandleader; The Goldbergs (as the ‘80s version of himself); as a singing Monk on ABC’s comedy series Galavant; the 2014 primetime Emmy Awards; plus The Simpsons; 30 Rock, and numerous AL-TV specials for MTV and VH1. He made his big screen debut in the cult classic UHF and has lent his voice talent to many projects over the years.
His most recent album, Mandatory Fun, released in 2014, marked the first time a comedy album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. His classic song and music video parodies such as “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy” and “Tacky,” are recognized and beloved worldwide.
This summer he continues his Mandatory Fun Tour with appearances in 80 cities including two special performances this week at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, accompanied by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. See all tour dates here.
SOCIAL MEDIA URLs:
FACEBOOK: Weird Al on Facebook
YOU TUBE: Weird Al on You Tube
Q: We have access to so much news on a daily basis. What kinds of information do you consume at the start of your day?
A: As soon as my computer boots up in the morning, I check my e-mails, my texts, my Twitter feed, my Instagram feed, and then several online news sites. Occasionally I’ll get my news from TV or print media, but the Internet is so immediate I rely on it almost exclusively to keep me plugged in.
Q: How do you use social media?
A: I use social media to keep in touch with my fans as well as my peers in the comedy community. I use it to get creative feedback and learn about what my friends are working on. I also use it – sparingly, if possible – to promote my current projects.
Q: How has social media changed your life?
A: Before Twitter existed, I would never stay up late at night reading my Twitter feed, because that would have been theoretically impossible. Also, social media has made it much, much easier for people to stalk me, so there’s that.
Q: Do you think social media has enhanced or diminished our personal relationships?
A: Definitely. Without question, it’s one or the other.
Q: What organizations, brands or personalities do you follow? What makes them worth following?
They’re funny, they’re interesting, or they owe me money.
Q: What kinds of posts spark your interest?
A: I like posts where every word is in alphabetical order. That’s harder to do than you’d think.
Q: What is/are your favorite social media platform/s and why?
A: I enjoy Facebook and Instagram, but I think Twitter is still my favorite. It’s fun to type out any stupid idea that comes into my head, and seconds later four million people can see it and react to it.
Q: Favorite hashtag or one you’d like to see?
Q: What advice would you give to a brand about how to get started with a social media program or make their existing one more effective?
A: Don’t be boring. But try to refrain from posting pictures of your genitals.
Q: If you could follow any historical figure on social media, who would it be?
A: Megan Amram.
Q: Cone, cup, or straight from the container?
Q: Favorite flavor?
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