NEW YORK, September 13, 2011 – Parody and polka are perfectly performed when Grammy® Award-winning “Weird Al” Yankovic returns to the small screen
to present his first special since 1999. COMEDY CENTRAL will
debut the World Premiere of “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1
at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.
On October 4,“Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour will be
released in North America on DVD and Blu-ray by COMEDY CENTRAL Home Entertainment and Paramount Home
Entertainment and download-to-own including iTunes and Amazon Video On Demand. In addition, the special
will be available in high definition on Xbox LIVE Marketplace and PlayStation Store. The extended DVD and
Blu-ray include nearly an hour’s worth of concert footage not seen on COMEDY CENTRAL, plus over 30 minutes
of bonus features that include: music videos for “Perform This Way” and “Polka Face,” three extra live
concert performances, a bunch of Al’s personal YouTube videos and more.
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour was shot this summer at the venerable Massey Hall in Toronto during Weird
Al’s tour to support the release of Alpocalypse. His first full-length studio album in nearly five
years, Alpocalypse (released by Jive/Sony in June) debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200 chart,
Yankovic’s highest-charting album ever. “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! – The Alpocalypse Tour features
hits off of Alpocalypse like “Perform This Way,” Weird Al’s
parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which garnered over six million video views in its first week of
release, as well as many of the legendary artist’s greatest hits, including “White & Nerdy,” “Amish Paradise” and “Fat.”
In another element of the multiplatform deal, comedycentral.com will be premiering “Polka Face,” Yankovic’s next
video from Alpocalypse, on September 25 and will be its exclusive home for two days. The song and
video features accordion-driven versions of songs by Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Britney Spears, P!nk, Lady
Antebellum, Katy Perry and of course, Lady Gaga.
“Weird Al” Yankovic has enjoyed a varied and
successful career that is now entering its fourth decade, performing concerts throughout North America,
Australia and Europe. Yankovic has received twelve Grammy® Award nominations, winning three times, and has
racked up 31 Gold and Platinum albums, making him the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history.
His previous album Straight Outta Lynwood (2006) featured the single and video for “White & Nerdy”
which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and was viewed online over 100 million times.
In addition to
his accomplishments as a musician, Yankovic has also authored a children’s book, When I Grow Up (HarperCollins), which was released earlier this
year and landed on The New York Times Best Seller list. He is also well-known for his cult-hit
feature film UHF, his CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-
TV specials he has made for MTV and VH1 over the years. Fans can “like” Al on Facebook, join his 2.1 million followers on Twitter @alyankovic and check out his videos on YouTube. They can also
see him live in concert across North America this
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