Posted by Hot Waffles on July 27, 2009
AL FEST, an international celebration of comedy music held in honor of comedy musician “Weird Al” Yankovic, will be held from 10 am to 10 pm Saturday, August 1, 2009 at the Holiday Inn in Costa Mesa, Calif. Admission is $50 per person age 11 and up, $30 for children 5 to 10. Tickets are available on the event website at www.alfest2009.com.
Dr. Demento, the comedy music DJ who first played Weird Al songs on the air on his nationally syndicated radio show, will open the event and share never before seen clips from his new show on the online television station called “The Real UHF.” Other highlights of the convention include a presentation by Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz, Yankovic’s drummer since 1981, a slack key guitar performance by Jim “Kimo” West, Yankovic’s guitar player since 1982, a performance by The Valtierra Latin Orchestra featuring Rubén Valtierra, Weird Al’s keyboard player, and a “UHF” 20th anniversary celebrity panel moderated by Dr. Demento and featuring actors Victoria Jackson, Gedde Watanabe and the film’s director/co-writer Jay Levey.
The last event of the evening will be a screening of Yankovic’s 1989 debut feature film and cult classic, “UHF”, complete with costumed participants acting out the action on screen in the style of the midnight shadow casting made popular by the fans of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” In 2002 “UHF” (which Yankovic co-wrote and starred in) became an instant top ten bestseller upon its release on DVD.
Other events at AL FEST include live performances by comedy musicians, an auction of “Weird Al” memorabilia, photo op and autograph sessions with stars from UHF and some members of Yankovic’s band, and an Al fan variety show. Fans from across the United States , Europe and South America have already bought tickets to attend. To make the event truly global, organizers are offering free tickets to the first fans who register from Africa, Asia and Australia (airfare not included).
Three decades into his celebrated career, Yankovic is still going strong. He has created an Epcot-like attraction called “Al’s Brain: A Journey Through the Human Brain,” which will feature exhibits on the brain and a 3-D movie starring Yankovic. The attraction’s world premiere is July 10, 2009 at the Orange County Super Fair in Costa Mesa and will then travel to fairs and festivals throughout North America. Weird Al fans traveling to Southern California for AL FEST will have the opportunity to receive unlimited fast pass access (no waiting in line) to the “Al’s Brain” attraction at the OC Superfair for the Friday preceding or the Sunday following the event.
Yankovic (who is not scheduled to attend AL FEST) has reigned for three decades as the most successful musical comedy artist in history, with over 12 million albums sold, 3 Grammy Awards (9 nominations), 10 MTV/VH1 specials, his own feature film and CBS television series, and countless miles logged on tour.