The Ultimate Weird Al Yankovic Quiz

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About This Quiz

The first memory many of us have of Weird Al Yankovic is the video for "Eat It," his shot-for-shot remake of Michael Jackson's "Beat It" video. Years later, he's still trucking, churning out his signature food-themed song parodies. Test your knowledge of this curly-haired, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing wild man.

What's Weird Al's real name?

Alfred Matthew Yankovic was born on Oct. 23, 1959.


When Al was 6, he started taking lessons on this instrument.

Al got interested in music when his parents signed him up for accordion lessons.


When did Al become "Weird Al"?

Al's classmates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo started calling him Weird Al, and that became his DJ name on the college radio station.


This radio personality played a key role in Al's early career.

Weird Al started sending songs to Dr. Demento when he was a teenager and soon was taken under the DJ's wing.


One of Al's first song parodies was based on "My Sharona" by the Knack. What was the title?

With the opening lines "Oh, my little hungry one. My hungry one," "My Bologna" was one of Weird Al's first nationally released songs.


The first Weird Al ditty to get major radio airplay was based on this song.

"I Love Rocky Road" was Weird Al's big break.


What was Al's first top 10 Billboard single?

Shockingly, it wasn't until 2006 that Weird Al had a top 10 hit, with "White & Nerdy." "Eat It" made it to No. 12.


Which of these is NOT a Weird Al song?

"What if God Smoked Cannabis?" is the impostor. Apparently there are a lot of songs out there in cyberspace that have been mistakenly attributed to Weird Al.


Which Weird Al song contains the lines "Your table manners are some cryin' shame / You're playin' with your food, this ain't some kind of game"?

"Now, if you starve to death, you'll just have yourself to blame / So eat it, just eat it."


Which sandwich does Al mention in "Fat"?

"Ham on, ham on, ham on whole wheat, all right"


Al includes a song from this musical genre on every album.

You can't keep Weird Al away from the polka.


How many Grammys has Al won?

Weird Al has been nominated for 15 Grammy Awards and won four: Best Comedy Recording for "Eat It" in 1984, Best Concept Music Video for "Fat" in 1987, Best Comedy Album for "Poodle Hat" in 2003 and Best Comedy Album for "Mandatory Fun" in 2014.


Which of these artists (indirectly) gave Weird Al the title for a parody of one of her own songs?

Apparently, Weird Al heard through the grapevine that Madonna had asked a friend when Weird Al was going to write "Like a Surgeon." And a song was born.


Paul McCartney wouldn't give permission for Weird Al to record this song.

McCartney, a longtime vegetarian, took exception to "Chicken Pot Pie," a takeoff on "Live and Let Die."


What artist has never let Al parody one of his songs?

Al has asked many times, but Prince hasn't budged.


Who once described Weird Al as "a musical genius?"

The members of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain in particular, apparently loved their Weird Al parody, "Smells Like Nirvana."


In Al's first appearance on "The Simpsons" in 2003, which song did he parody?

Al performed "Homer and Marge" to the tune of John Mellencamp's "Jack and Diane."


What's the title of the feature film that Weird Al co-wrote and starred in?

"UHF" became a cult classic after foundering at the box office in 1989.


Why doesn't Weird Al wear glasses anymore?

Weird Al got LASIK surgery back in 1998.


In early 2010, Weird Al signed a production deal with this TV network.

In January 2010, Weird Al announced on his blog that he had signed a production deal with the Cartoon Network to develop animated shows and movies.


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