Widely popular by the stage name Weird Al, Alfred Matthew Yankovic is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, voice actor, satirist, music video director, and author.
Weird Al has sold more than 12 million albums since his first-aired comedy song in 1976. He has recorded more than 150 parody and original songs and has performed in more than 1,000 live shows.
The 61-year-old musician released his debut studio album entitled “Weird Al” Yankovic in April 1983. Some of his other albums are Dare to Be Stupid, Even Worse, Off the Deep End, Bad Hair Day, and many more.
As of 2020, Weird Al makes a net worth of $16 million.
Alfred Matthew “Weird Al” Yankovic was born on 23rd October 1959 in Downey, California, and was raised in Lynwood, California by Mary Elizabeth, and Nick Yankovic. He is American according to his nationality and has mixed (Italian and English) descent.
He went to Lynwood High School where he was active in his school’s extracurricular programs including the National Forensic League sanctioned speech events. He enrolled at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo from where he earned his bachelor’s degree in architecture.
As of January 2020, actor cum singer-songwriter, Alfred is estimated to own net worth of around $16 million as per Celebrity Net Worth. He amassed his million-dollar fortune from his successful multiple careers as a singer-songwriter, record producer, actor, voice actor, and author.
Here is a list of his earnings from his album sales throughout his career:
|1983||“Weird Al” Yankovic||$570,000|
|1984||“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D||$1.2 million|
|1985||Dare to Be Stupid||$1.1 million|
|1988||Even Worse||$1.1 million|
|1992||Off the Deep End||$1.1 million|
|1996||Bad Hair Day||$1.2 million|
|1999||Running with Scissors||$1.25 million|
|2006||Straight Outta Lynwood||$560,000|
Weird Al received his first exposure via southern California and syndicated comedy radio personality Dr Demento’s radio show. In 1976, the former gave the latter a homemade tape of original and parody songs performed on the accordion in his bedroom while Demento spoke at Yankovic’s school.
The first song entitled Belvedere Cruisin was played on Demento’s comedy radio show launching Alfred’s career. During his sophomore year, while he was an architecture student at Cal Poly, he became a disc jockey at KCPR.
In 1978, Alfred released his first recording Take Me Down on the LP, Slow Grown as a benefit for the Economic Opportunity Commission of San Luis Obispo County.
Yankovic made his breakthrough from the song “Another One Rides the Bus” which was a parody of Queen’s hit song Another One Bites the Dust. The song became so popular that Alfred’s first TV appearance was the song on The Tomorrow Show.
In 1981, Alfred toured for the first time as a part of Dr Demento’s stage show. His stage act in a Phoenix, Arizona nightclub caught the eye of manager Jay Levey. He then partnered with Levey and formed a band with Steve Jay as a bassist, Jim West as the guitarist, and Jon Schwartz as the drummer.
On 31st March 1982, they performed for the first as a band. In 1983, Alfred released his debut self-titled album on Scotti Bros. The album consists of songs like Ricky, Another One Rides the Bus, and I Love Rocky Road.
Some of his other hit albums are:
|“Weird Al” Yankovic in 3-D||Eat It, King of Suede; I Lost on Jeopardy|
|Dare to Be Stupid||Like a Surgeon, Hooked on Polkas, I Want a New Duck|
|Even Worse||Fat, Lasagna, I Think I’m a Clone Now|
|Alapalooza||Jurassic Park, Bedrock Anthem, Achy Breaky Song|
|Bad Hair Day||The Night Santa Went Crazy, Amish Paradise, Gump|
|Straight Outta Lynwood||Don’t Download This Song, White & Nerdy, Canadian Idiot|
|Alpocalypse||Whatever You Like, Craigslist, Perform This Way|
In 2018, Alfred received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame after several years of fan-driven campaigns. The same year, he released a new song titled The Hamilton Polka, a polka medley consisting of several songs from the musical Hamilton.
In March 2018, Yankovic released two remixes of songs “Feel It Still” and “Live in the Moment” by Portugal the Man.
The 61-year-old musician is married to Suzanne Krajewski whom he met via their mutual friend Bill Mumy. The couple tied the knot on 10th February 2001 and shared a daughter named Nina born in 2003.
Did You Know? Weird Al is a Christian.
As per reports, Yankovic resides in his 6,914 square feet condo along with his family in Los Angeles, California. He purchased the four-bedroom and four bathrooms house back in January 2001 for $2 million.
As of January 2020, Yankovic has over 490k followers on Instagram and over 5.14 million on Twitter. As per Influencer, Alfred can pocket about $1,463 to $2,438 per sponsored post from Instagram with an engagement rate of 4.39%.