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"Weird Al" Yankovic

TCC Music Hall, Friday, Aug. 6

Freaks and geeks of all ages flocked to the TCC Music Hall the night of Aug. 6 as song-parody legend "Weird Al" Yankovic made a stop during his Poodle Hat tour.

Prior to the start, a near-capacity sea of Hawaiian shirts and tapered jeans waited patiently in their seats like youngsters at a school assembly.

The accordion-driven "Angry White Boy Polka" kicked off "Weird Al's" set. Commercial rock songs from Papa Roach, System of a Down and Limp Bizkit were hilariously mimicked as the stage filled with dry ice and bubbles.

"There's nothing more you people love than a song about leprosy," Al informed the joyful crowd as his band kicked into "Party at the Leper Colony."

After "Melanie," Al decided to introduce the crowd to his band. "Guitars, drums, bass and ... ummmm ... keyboard guy," mumbled Al with his head down, turning in a small circle.

For "One More Minute," Al went into the crowd to serenade the ladies during his ode to '50s and '60s doo-wop hits. "'Cause I'd rather get a hundred thousand paper cuts on my face than spend one more minute with you," Al cried to a gleeful audience member.

In trying to perform as many hits as possible, a 12-song medley did the trick. "Pretty Fly for a Rabbi," "Lasagna," "Gump" and "Eat It" brought the crowd to its feet for the first time in the evening.

To make his performance as entertaining as his videos, Al and band dressed in costume for certain songs. During "Smells Like Nirvana," everyone donned their grunge gear from the video and brought out the cheerleaders. During "Fat," Al changed into the large costume, complete with second chin.

In between songs that required costume changes, the crowd was glued to the stage's video screens. Classic clips from the movie UHF, as well as hilarious mock interviews from "Al TV" were shown.

Prior to "Couch Potato," the parody of Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Al played his mock interview with Eminem. This was done in retaliation for Eminem not allowing Al to shoot a video for the song, while shooting was already in pre-production.

Like every "Weird Al" show, the night ended with "Yoda."

Following two hours of comedy, the happy crowd sadly braved a return to the outside world ... and hopes of a new Michael Jackson single worthy of a parody.

More by Jon Hobson

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