2017 marks the third year that The Young Folks has covered the Rhode Island Comic Con in Providence R.I.. Throughout the next few days, we will be posting coverage, photos and panel audio from the convention from music editor Ryan Gibbs and photographer Megan Phelps.
Since 1979, “Weird Al” Yankovic has been nearly synonymous with the art of song parody. Although not the first or the last artist to record them, his career has lasted longer than many of the acts that influenced him and even several of the “serious” artists whose music he’s riffed on. He’s also just as well known for his original material and pastiches, which parody an artist’s overall work as opposed to just one song.
At his Q&A panel at this year’s Rhode Island Comic Con, Yankovic spoke at length about several topics from his long career, including what songs make for good parodies, his 1989 film UHF and his role as the lead character on the Disney cartoon Milo Murphy’s Law. He also shared details about his upcoming tour, in which he’ll eschew parodies and costumes for a setlist of original songs performed at intimate, theater settings.
You can listen to a complete recording of the Nov. 12 panel, which was moderated by internet comedian Doug “The Nostalgia Critic” Walker, below