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Name: Alfred Matthew Yankovic                                                       
Born: 23 October 1959 Origin Lynwood, California,                                   
Alfred Matthew "Weird Al" Yankovic (born October 23, 1959)                           
is an American singer, musician, actor, satirist, parodist, songwriter,             
accordionist, and television producer. Yankovic is known in particular for his       
humorous songs that make light of popular culture and that often parody specific     
songs by contemporary musical acts. Since receiving his first accordion lesson a     
day before his seventh birthday, he has sold more than 12 million albums (more       
than any comedy act in history), recorded more than 150 parody and original         
songs, and has performed more than 1,000 live shows. His works have                 
earned him three Grammy Awards among nine nominations, four gold records, and       
six platinum records in the United States. Yankovic's first top ten Billboard       
album and single were both released in 2006, nearly three decades into his           
In addition to recording his albums, Yankovic has written and starred in his own     
film and television show, directed music videos for himself and other artists       
including Ben Folds and Hanson. He has also made guest appearances on television     
shows such as Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, The Simpsons, Behind the       
Music, Johnny Bravo, Space Ghost Coast to Coast and Robot Chicken, in addition       
to starring in his own Al TV specials.