Episode #1531

"Weird Al" and Tony Hale

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Friday, August 01, 2014

'Weird Al' Yankovic "Weird Al" Yankovic (Courtesy of Imaginary Entertainment)

“Weird Al” Yankovic has parodied generations of pop stars — and outlasted most of them. Now he’s scored his first Billboard #1 with Mandatory Fun. He plays his first hit, “Eat It,” live, mashing up Michael Jackson and Eric Clapton. Kurt talks with actor Tony Hale, who name playing desperately co-dependent man-children on Arrested Development and now on Veep. And a live performance from tUnE-yArDs.
(Segments in this week's show aired previously.)

“Weird Al” Yankovic Unplugs

Over the past 30 years, “Weird Al” has skewered pop stars from Billy Ray Cyrus to Miley. His most recent album, Mandatory Fun, was his first to hit #1 on the Billboard chart. But he got his start as a perfectly serious rock and roll accordionist.

Bonus Track: "Buy Me a Condo"

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Extra Credit Poetry Challenge: Zofia from Massachusetts

It’s summer, and something about long, languid days calls out for poetry. Our latest listener challenge is for high school poets, and the results have been varied and lovely. This week, we talked with one of the entrants.

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Tony Hale’s Magnificent Weirdos

Tony Hale plays Gary, the clingy “body man” to Julia Louis-Drefus’s Vice President on Veep. Before that, he played Buster, the clingy son to Jessica Walter’s Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development. Sensing a pattern there?

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Merrill Garbus Becomes tUnE-yArDs

tUnE-yArDs’ music is joyous, complex, and gloriously unpredictable. Its blend of influences and references sounds like the work of a lifelong musician. But Merrill Garbus, the woman behind tUnE-yArDs, only started playing music after ditching her career as a puppeteer.

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Tami from Brooklyn

Weird Al, Tony Hale and tuNeYaRds—what an awesome show!

Hey, don't forget about Weird Al's My Sharona spoof. It was a staple of the Dr. Demento show. That was way before 1983.

Aug. 03 2014 11:10 AM

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