Weird Al Yankovic in New York, May 17, 2016. Accustomed to a career mix of recognition and indifference, the musical comedian says he's eager to give IFC's "Comedy Bang! Bang!", his first steady television gig in nearly 20 years, a whirl. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

“Weird Al” Yankovic’s national 2022 tour, the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, will make a stop at Charleston Gaillard Center at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 14.

Like most heavy-hitters on tour these days, Weird Al hasn’t been on the national circuit in awhile — four years, in fact. While we all know Weird Al for his over-the-top parodies of favorite tracks like “Amish Paradise,” a take on Coolio’s classic “Gangsta’s Paradise,” the tour promises to be an intimate experience featuring original songs that haven’t made it to mainstream pop culture. No two performances will be the same in the Ill-Advised Vanity Tour, and the touring band is made of the crew Weird Al has jammed with for almost four decades. 

Weird Al took time from his busy schedule to give City Paper 10 quippy answers to 10 quippy questions ahead of his Charleston show: 

City Paper: Why the name “Weird Al”?
Weird Al: “Mick Jagger” was already taken.

CP: What is the inspiration for your first (ish) single, “My Bologna”?
Weird Al: There was a song by The Knack that sounded remarkably similar.

CP: What song is stuck in your head today?
Weird Al: “Baby Shark.” Like it has been for the last year.

CP: Last album you bought?
Weird Al: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road in 1973. The rest I shoplifted. (Don’t tell anybody).

CP: Recent musical discovery?
Weird Al: If you run your finger around the perimeter of a wet glass, it makes a musical note!

CP: What’s your best, go-to T-shirt?
Weird Al: The blue one.

CP: Your hangover cure is…
Weird Al: Hydrochloric acid to the face.

CP: Last show you went to?
Weird Al: My own, last night.

CP: Your musical style can be compared to?
Weird Al: Early Viking music.

CP: What band have you been meaning to listen to?
Weird Al: The Beatles.

Tickets to Weird Al’s Charleston performance start at $39 and are available through

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