“Weird Al” Yankovic This Thursday at the Royal Theatre

North America’s foremost song parodist, the inimitable Weird Al Yokovic, will appear beginning at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday, August 22, downtown at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street. Tickets, from $50 each, are available at the McPherson Box Office, #3 Centennial Square.

Now enjoying the most successful chart topping CD, single and video of his career with STRAIGHT OUTTA LYNWOOD’S “White and Nerdy.” Live, the “WEIRD AL” show is a full multi-media extravaganza, complete with video, costume changes and his full band. “Weird Al” Yankovic, the undisputed king of pop culture parody, has sold more comedy recordings than any other artist in history. In a career spanning nearly three decades, he has amassed 28 Gold and Platinum albums, 7 Gold and Platinum-certified home videos and 3 Grammy Awards (with 9 nominations).

An accomplished director, Al has helmed many of his own award-winning music videos as well as clips for Ben Folds, Jeff Foxworthy, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Hanson and The Black Crowes. His video for “Smells Like Nirvana,” nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in 1992, was chosen by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top 100 Music Videos Of All Time.” Al also created the critically acclaimed title sequence for the Leslie Nielsen feature film “Spy Hard.”

The centerpiece of Straight Outta Lynwood is “White & Nerdy,” a parody of Chamillionaire’s No. 1 smash hit “Ridin’.”Al directed the highly-acclaimed video clip, which features hilarious cameos by Donny Osmond, Seth Green, Judy Tenuta and Mad TV’s Keegan-Michael Keys and Jordan Peele. The “White & Nerdy” video went straight into heavy rotation on VH-1 (debuting at #5 in their Top 20 Countdown) and quickly racked up a few million hits on YouTube.

Straight Outta Lynwood also features parodies of Green Day (“Canadian Idiot”), Usher (“Confessions Part III”), Taylor Hicks (“Do I Creep You Out”) and R. Kelly (the 11-minute epic “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”), as well as the now-traditional polka medley (“Polkarama!”), which this time includes accordion-fueled renditions of hits by such artists as 50 Cent, The Black Eyed Peas, Snoop Dogg, Coldplay, Weezer, Pussycat Dolls and Kanye West.

“Don’t Download This Song,” the first song and video released from the album, is a tongue-in-cheek look at the hot-button issue of mp3 piracy, set to original music inspired by the celebrity-driven charity benefit songs from the ‘80s.

Straight Outta Lynwood debuted at #10 on the Billboard charts, making it Al’s highest charting album to date. “Weird Al” Yankovic and his band (the same talented group of musicians that has performed with him since 1982) will be embarking on their next major North American concert tour in the summer of 2008.