LIVE: Weird Al Yankovic

Funny music-man Weird Al Yankovic brought tons of puns to the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 28.

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Weird Al Yankovic took on the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club on August 28.
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Known for parodies and satire, Weird Al has done it all in his career that spans 30-plus years -- TV, radio, music, writing and film.
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Born Alfred Yankovic, he took on his nickname of Weird Al as his professional name when he was a DJ at his college, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
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Weird Al's first foray into music was the accordion -- he began playing just shy of his sixth birthday, meaning he'll soon have 50 years experience with the instrument.
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Weird Al's signature has been with him since the early days: In college, he parodied the Knack's "My Sharona," titling it instead "My Bologna," and ended up getting the attention of the band and their label.
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In 1985, Weird Al went so far as to co-write and star in a mockumentary about his own life, releasing a fictionalized biography around the same time.
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His 14th studio album -- "Mandatory Fun," released in July 2014 -- debuted at No. 1 on Billboard.
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It was his first album ever to top the chart.
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He has, however, scored a number of Top 40 hits, including his parody of Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" titled "Word Crimes."
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Weird Al is known for asking permission from the original artists to parody their songs.
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While he doesn't have to do this by law, does so as a courtesy.
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