Me and “Weird” Al Yankovic
Some time back the lovely and extremely talented Sandra Boynton commissioned me into doing a caricature of “Weird” Al Yankovic for his 50th birthday. I was deleighted to do it because
1. Sandra is one of my favorite cartoonists and a wonderful person, and I was flattered to be asked.
2. “Weird” Al is to music what MAD Magazine is to comics, and I’m a longtime admirer of his.
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Shortly after Al received the artwork I received an email from him saying how much he loved it and how he was going to frame it for his home. He also said to let him know if I ever was in an area where he was having a show, and he’d get us some tickets and backstage passes.
Gabrielle, Anna and Tom show off their aftershow passes
Last night he played at the Minnesota State Fair, and I took him up on his offer. The Lovely Anna, daughter Gabrielle, son Thomas and I went to the show and met Al afterward.
The show was fantastic and he was a terrific guy, signing autographs for us and posing for some pictures in his trailer. I brought along some prints of a scan of the final artwork I did for him. The following will be framed and hung in the studio somewhere:
His show really was terrific, and I highly recommend seeing him live someday if you get the chance. It’s an evening of belly laughs and great parody with a lot of fantastic music snuck in there… Al is a highly respected musician even if he is better known for his humor. A great showman! Thanks, “Weird” Al!
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