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Ep. #254: Scott Aukerman

Scott Aukerman is a very talented comedy writer, producer, director, and actor who’s currently based in California. Aukerman is a key figure behind the Earwolf and Howl podcast networks and he’s been a writer/performer on Mr. Show with Bob and David (and its recent Netflix reboot) and gets called in to craft jokes for special presentations like the MTV Movie Awards and the recent Academy Awards broadcast. He’s also the primary writer and director on Funny or Die’s wildly successful web series, Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. A multi-talented comedic force, Aukerman remains best known for hosting Comedy Bang! Bang!, whose tv show was spawned from the popular and influential podcast of the same name. Just past 400 episodes this month Aukerman, his crew, and frequent guests Paul F. Tompkins and Lauren Lapkus are hitting the road for live shows, including Toronto stops on May 5 and 6 at Convocation Hall and in Vancouver on May 26 at the Vogue Theatre. as the podcast celebrates its seventh anniversary. Here, Aukerman and I discuss the history of Comedy Bang! Bang! and how the podcast and comedy landscapes have changed since the show began, a key, early segment with Andy Daly, conducting serious interviews, how alternative comedy is mainstream, working very hard, surreal absurdity, David Letterman, the Comedy Bang! Bang! TV show versus the podcast, working with “Weird Al” Yankovic on the new season of the TV show, improvisation, the live show and audience interaction in different cities, his future plans, Take My Wife and Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ and Seeso, and that was it.

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Ep. #127: “Weird Al” Yankovic

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the most successful, astute, and wickedly funny song parodist of our time. On his latest album Mandatory Fun, Yankovic performs his usual balance of style parodies and send ups of big singles, which, in this case includes songs by Robin Thicke, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Imagine Dragons and Pharrell Williams, replacing their content with lyrics about bad grammar, aluminium foil, DIY home repair, and being a douchebag. A couple of months ago, Al agreed to answer Exclaim! Magazine’s Questionnaire. Here, he ponders what he’s up to, watermelon, living in the house he owns, the work of Mark Ryden, playing Bonnaroo, the glorious highs of Mandatory Fun and the traumatic low of opening for Missing Persons, being told he sucks, LeBron James, having good handwriting, his idea of a perfect sundae, his idea of a perfect Sunday, being amazingly advisable, Canadians know comedy, Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road and never having met Elton John, being an accordion repo man, spoiling yourself, vocational dreams, spiders in your mouth, vegan police, hat manners, meeting Linda McCartney, wives and Indian food, supportive parents, “Back in Black” by AC/DC at your funeral, what songs and styles he parodies on his new album, the dictatorial flavour of Mandatory Fun, his future album-making plans, Robin Thicke, grammar, Prince might be loosening up, spoofing Arcade Fire or the National, writing parodies when the mood strikes, writing books for kids and a Broadway musical, making a movie, the song “Now That’s What I Call Polka!,” and then our mandatory fun was over.

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“Weird Al” Yankovic on MVIMS! – 07/13/2011

Good evening,

This week the Mich Vish Interracial Morning Show! is pleased to feature an interview with the one and only, “Weird Al” Yankovic at 8:00 AM EST.

“Weird Al” Yankovic

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Upcoming Guests:

July 13: “Weird Al” Yankovic
July 20: Special Guests TBA
July 27: 300th & Final Show Before Indefinite Hiatus