Disappointed in "Weird Al"--other suggestions?

I think "Weird Al" is really creative, and have enjoyed him since the days of his TV show and movie. But...something seems to be going on with him. Maybe running out of ideas? Just not so funny anymore. Worse, he occ'ly uses street language I won't repeat here on his Twitter page. Seems to be getting a little desperate to be funny. That's incredibly sad, given his knack for humor and creative genius. The worst I've seen are some videos posted on his Twitter page mocking anyone who doesn't want "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" overturned. Absolutely floored me when I saw it, as I felt it was very insulting. I do wish his gig the best, but it seems he's unfortunately headed the way of all the rest of the comedians who try a little TOO hard to be funny, and drag politics and religion into the picture while not quite getting it themselves. Sigh.....well, will pray for him, at least, and let's hope he cleans himself up a bit. Maybe he just needs a vacation or something, eh? Pray for him, fellow Catholics. I don't believe for a sec that he's a 'bad' person; just currently kinda misled by the world, and we sure see a lot of that these days.

So--would like to move on at this point, anyway, to other comedy--clean, family comedy, of course, and I need ideas. Thanks for any help, y'all!

Check out the band ApologetiX. They're basically the Christian version of Weird Al.

Except they aren’t funny, and have heresy in their lyrics. :stuck_out_tongue:

Thats interesting. I remember Weird Al from the 80's and thought that he had moved on to other things by now. I can't really see how his brand of humor can survive in this generation where the humor is completely different. Younger people see humor much differently now and the ones who appreciated his stuff back then have grown out of it. These days it is funny to young people when someone gets as they call it "owned", meaning utterly humiliated beyond recourse. Wierd Al was more into parody which can be mildly comical like on an SNL skit but I don't know if today's generation will appreciate it as much, plus he has a lot of competition from all those popular, young Youtubers who are doing parody of everything in a condescending way and are getting paid handsomely by youtube.

I wish him the best of luck and hope he isn't as desperate as he may seem.

[quote="on_eagles_wingz, post:4, topic:216023"]
Thats interesting. I remember Weird Al from the 80's and thought that he had moved on to other things by now. I can't really see how his brand of humor can survive in this generation where the humor is completely different. Younger people see humor much differently now and the ones who appreciated his stuff back then have grown out of it. These days it is funny to young people when someone gets as they call it "owned", meaning utterly humiliated beyond recourse. Wierd Al was more into parody which can be mildly comical like on an SNL skit but I don't know if today's generation will appreciate it as much, plus he has a lot of competition from all those popular, young Youtubers who are doing parody of everything in a condescending way and are getting paid handsomely by youtube.

I wish him the best of luck and hope he isn't as desperate as he may seem.

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I hope so too. I also am a big fan of his and remember his good parody's of songs, and loved his movie UHF. Unfortunately if he's going the route he is, he sounds like he's getting desperate and maybe needs to move on to something different.

It's too bad that he can't make another funny movie, like the Airplane ones, without getting into mocking religion or politics. And its true that the younger audience probably wouldn't "get" him, and how many parodies can you do of the music popular now?

I have no idea if this has anything to do with it, but a couple of years ago his parents were tragically killed in their sleep due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Perhaps the trauma of the event has affected him negatively.

My kids recently discovered vintage Al & love him, they think his parodies are hilarious. They dont follow twitter or his other stuff, glad to know he is veering. thanks

[quote="Rolltide, post:6, topic:216023"]
I have no idea if this has anything to do with it, but a couple of years ago his parents were tragically killed in their sleep due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Perhaps the trauma of the event has affected him negatively.

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I didn't know that. That must be very devastating...BUT....I just visited his official website and it looks like he is doing just fine. He just completed his North American tour for 2010 and has his first ever European tour starting in December and a new album coming out. He also has a screenplay for a movie which was originally created for the Cartoon Network but they decided not to do ANY movies so he is going to pitch it to other movie companies. On top of that, he was on NPR recently, which is pretty mainstream media. I really don't think we have any reason to worry about him at this point. In fact I'd gladly trade my life for his right now lol.

We just saw Weird Al a few weeks ago and we thought he was absolutely hilarious, more so than ever. We're so glad we went to see him.

In the past, a lot of his stuff was kind of juvenile, which we always loved, but still--it's like booger jokes. But now, he's more cutting edge and very, very funny.

Lots of children were in the audience, and we heard no foul language or anything that would be objectionable, unless, of course, you consider hiphop and rap foul styles no matter what the words are. I would not bring very young children to his concerts because it's too loud and could be painful. In fact, if you go, bring earplugs so that your ears won't ring after the concert.

He and his band are amazingly talented, great musicians. And the show he puts on is really funny--high energy, lots of costumes, lots of special effects. He did several numbers involving the audience. The show was well worth the money.

There was a huge mix of ages in the audience, including a large number of high schoolers and college kids. His new paradies are up-to-date and really funny. Any generation appreciates paradies of their music styles, especially when they are done by someone as talented as Weird Al and his band. I don't think he's dated at all. And I don't think his language is foul. Again, I wouldn't bring a young child because I don't think young children appreciate satire or parody. But older children and teens, yes.

Yes, Weird Al is moving in a deviant direction - too bad. Comedians have become the political activists. But too many of them use profanity and they are doing it so people get used to it. In other words, if you want mainstream comedy, your choices are guys, and a few women, who use offensive language.

In Weird Al's hip-hop video, he makes casual reference to the Playboy channel. Catholics need to understand that such caual references are meant to lead us to think, Hey. What's the big deal? As if it doesn't matter. It does.

Weird Al's earlier work is clean and clever. As a creative person myself, I'm more concerned about the message I send then I am about making money and being popular.

God bless,
Ed

[quote="Cat, post:9, topic:216023"]
We just saw Weird Al a few weeks ago and we thought he was absolutely hilarious, more so than ever. We're so glad we went to see him.

In the past, a lot of his stuff was kind of juvenile, which we always loved, but still--it's like booger jokes. But now, he's more cutting edge and very, very funny.

Lots of children were in the audience, and we heard no foul language or anything that would be objectionable, unless, of course, you consider hiphop and rap foul styles no matter what the words are. I would not bring very young children to his concerts because it's too loud and could be painful. In fact, if you go, bring earplugs so that your ears won't ring after the concert.

He and his band are amazingly talented, great musicians. And the show he puts on is really funny--high energy, lots of costumes, lots of special effects. He did several numbers involving the audience. The show was well worth the money.

There was a huge mix of ages in the audience, including a large number of high schoolers and college kids. His new paradies are up-to-date and really funny. Any generation appreciates paradies of their music styles, especially when they are done by someone as talented as Weird Al and his band. I don't think he's dated at all. And I don't think his language is foul. Again, I wouldn't bring a young child because I don't think young children appreciate satire or parody. But older children and teens, yes.

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Thank you for that insight. I am glad to know he is still on top of his game. I guess the original concern was just that he was using bad language and stuff in his new videos, but what comedian isn't these days.

[quote="on_eagles_wingz, post:11, topic:216023"]
Thank you for that insight. I am glad to know he is still on top of his game. I guess the original concern was just that he was using bad language and stuff in his new videos, but what comedian isn't these days.

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Actually, it was relating to a couple of things. I have relatives and friends who went to the concert and basically enjoyed it--BUT there were some things such as scantily clad women and somewhat sexually suggestive scenes moreso in the background, on the videos he shows during the show.

Also, as I mentioned, there was a comment on his Twitter page I can't repeat here. Let's just say it's a short form commonly used online and starts with "WT..." if you get the idea. Also on his Twitter page was a video (again mentioned above) which mocked those who wanted Don't Ask, Don't Tell to stand as is, including someone pretending to be a priest.

[quote="edwest2, post:10, topic:216023"]
Yes, Weird Al is moving in a deviant direction - too bad. Comedians have become the political activists. But too many of them use profanity and they are doing it so people get used to it. In other words, if you want mainstream comedy, your choices are guys, and a few women, who use offensive language.

In Weird Al's hip-hop video, he makes casual reference to the Playboy channel. Catholics need to understand that such caual references are meant to lead us to think, Hey. What's the big deal? As if it doesn't matter. It does.

Weird Al's earlier work is clean and clever. As a creative person myself, I'm more concerned about the message I send then I am about making money and being popular.

God bless,
Ed

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Spot on and thumbs up, Ed! This is exactly the sort of thing I'm referring to. We're s'posed to think "it's not so bad," but, as we see all too often, it goes downhill from there. I wasn't aware of the Playboy channel video, so thanks for the heads up. God bless.

[quote="edwest2, post:10, topic:216023"]
Yes, Weird Al is moving in a deviant direction - too bad. Comedians have become the political activists. But too many of them use profanity and they are doing it so people get used to it. In other words, if you want mainstream comedy, your choices are guys, and a few women, who use offensive language.

In Weird Al's hip-hop video, he makes casual reference to the Playboy channel. Catholics need to understand that such caual references are meant to lead us to think, Hey. What's the big deal? As if it doesn't matter. It does.

Weird Al's earlier work is clean and clever. As a creative person myself, I'm more concerned about the message I send then I am about making money and being popular.

God bless,
Ed

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I would like it if you went to a lyrics website, found that specific song where this occurs and show us exactly how the Playboy channel was referenced (or which video because honestly even if there was a reference it wouldn't be anything like softcore porn...). Honestly it's amazing that someone who is generally a clean parody maker is being knit-pick like he was some profanity spewing comedian with an agenda.

[quote="Flavius_Aetius, post:14, topic:216023"]
I would like it if you went to a lyrics website, found that specific song where this occurs and show us exactly how the Playboy channel was referenced (or which video because honestly even if there was a reference it wouldn't be anything like softcore porn...). Honestly it's amazing that someone who is generally a clean parody maker is being knit-pick like he was some profanity spewing comedian with an agenda.

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I can't comment on the Playboy channel reference since I didn't hear it, but true--it's likely not anything like softcore porn. But the point I'm making, and I believe the point made here is that even clean people like Weird Al can go the wrong direction. Slowly and in a subtle way, albeit, but the wrong direction, and opposed to our Faith, in many instances.

Yes there are much much worse comedians, but I'm saying I really hope Al isn't sliding down the slippery slope and headed that way. However, from his Twitter comments and slipping in immodest scenes in the videos, reference to the Playboy channel, etc. it would appear he is no longer all that concerned about being family friendly, nor sensitive or in agreement with traditional family values. And the political activist, politically correct junk turn me off. If I want to hear an activist, the last place I would look would be to Hollywood or related. Have never yet heard an actor, actress, singer, or comedian who was well informed about today's issues; they always buy into the PC nonsense and appear clueless.
But yeah--I do see what you're saying.

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