Authors: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A collection of quotes and thoughts by Al Yankovic on humor, ugly, weird, writing, parodies, children, imagination, inspiration, leaders, uniqueness and creativity.

64 Great Quotes By Al Yankovic With A Dash Of Satire

Famous As: American singer-songwriter
Born On: October 23, 1959
Born In: Downey, California
Al Yankovic is a famous American musician, songwriter, singer, record producer and satirist, popular for creating parodies of hit music. His interest in music was cultivated by his parents at an early age of seven. During his days of graduation, he worked as a disc jockey for the university’s radio station. He became quite famous in his college which encouraged him to record his first parody called ‘Take Me Down’. His next parody was broadcast on radio and received good reviews. He eventually became famous with various hit parodies. He was known for his light and inoffensive way of satirizing popular songs. Humor was an integral part of them rather than being a plain mockery. His first major hit was the parody of Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’. It was one of his highest-charting singles on the ‘Billboard Hot 100’ list. He continues to entertain the masses with his parodies; humor, writings, thoughts, work and medleys which have helped him prove his prominence as an entertainer. Go through the quotes and sayings by Al Yankovic which will definitely make you laugh.
Listed In:

I'm an ugly girl, My face makes you hurl, Sad I have it, I should bag it. Acne everywhere, Unwanted facial hair. I'm a relation to Frankenstein's creation.

Al Yankovic

I know now that everything I write, I'm going to put out, and I'll have to live with it for the rest of my life.

Al Yankovic

Somebody will come up to me after a show and have me sign their arm, and the next time I see them my autograph has been permanently inscribed on their arm.

Al Yankovic

I don't really look at myself as the kind of person who craves attention, but I've never been to therapy so there's probably a lot of stuff about myself that I don't know.

Al Yankovic

One of my pet peeves is that sometimes the talents of my band get overlooked because, and it was the same problem that Frank Zappa had, with a lot of groups that use humor, people don't realize there's a lot of craft behind the comedy.

Al Yankovic

There aren't that many superstars around anymore.

Al Yankovic

As it turns out, there is a thing called the Internet, and stuff does go out there whether the suits like it or not.

Al Yankovic

I think that nerds, if you want to call them that, have only gotten more hip and assimilated into the culture.

Al Yankovic

My personal taste doesn't enter into it a lot when I make my decisions as to what to parody.

Al Yankovic

That's something the kids should know about. Reading is a gateway to witchcraft and lesbianism.

Al Yankovic

People never ask people doing serious music, 'Do you ever think about doing funny music?'

Al Yankovic

So that's why one of my rules of parody writing is that it's gotta be funny regardless of whether you know the source material. It has to work on its own merit.

Al Yankovic

I make charts of songs that are good candidates, good targets, so to speak. Then I try to come up with ideas for parodies. And 99% of those ideas are horrible.

Al Yankovic

When I go to my live shows it's often a multigenerational audience, a family bonding experience.

Al Yankovic

If something is good enough, it can be out there and people will see it.

Al Yankovic

One of the hardest things I've had to deal with in my career is keeping my material topical even though I only release albums every three or four years.

Al Yankovic

I notice you're not wearing any... galloshes ;)

Al Yankovic

I'll bet every great thinker and leader we've got Could see all kinds of things other people could not! So then why get upset if somebody like me Tries to look at the world just a bit differently?

Al Yankovic

As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.

Al Yankovic

You don't need to be defined by your job.

Al Yankovic

How can you get bored if the audience is cheering and laughing at something you're doing?

Al Yankovic

There are probably a few library fines I haven't paid yet, but I'm a pretty clean-cut guy overall.

Al Yankovic

I've done a movie and a TV series, and someday I'd like to do a successful movie and a successful TV series. That would be nice.

Al Yankovic

In the '80s, I was putting out an album virtually every year, I think mostly based on fear - that if I didn't, people would soon forget about me.

Al Yankovic

I'm obviously not a rapper, and I don't have any claims to be one, really.

Al Yankovic

Some people want to advertise their weirdness, and spread it out, that's not me.

Al Yankovic

A lot of rap songs don't usually have a lot of melody per se.

Al Yankovic

I've learned how to use my spam filter pretty effectively.

Al Yankovic

You still have Top 40 radio now, but it's 40 different stations. There aren't many hits that everybody knows, and there aren't many real superstars.

Al Yankovic

My hobbies just sort of gradually became my vocation.

Al Yankovic

I mean, I hate to gloat, but I'm extremely satisfied with my position in life and the way things have worked out for me.

Al Yankovic

I mean, I don't write for kids.

Al Yankovic

I was a huge fan of 'Mad' magazine when I was 11, 12, 13 years old. I'd scour used bookstores trying to find back issues, and I'd wait at the newsstand for a new issue to come out. My life revolved around it.

Al Yankovic

If I could find the right kind of property, get tied in with the right movie, I'd love to be involved, but I just find it hard to be motivated to do another screenplay right now.

Al Yankovic

I have a long-standing history of respecting artists' wishes.

Al Yankovic

A lot of artists have really been supportive over the years.

Al Yankovic

People that were a little nerdy in high school would look up to me and know it gets better.

Al Yankovic

Probably 90 percent of my albums have polka medleys.

Al Yankovic

It becomes more important to me as time goes on to make every album the best thing I've ever done, so it's a lot of self-imposed pressure that also kind of slows me down a bit.

Al Yankovic

I like the guitar-driven music of Nirvana at its peak. At that point, I thought there was a lot of really exciting music coming out.

Al Yankovic

I can't get too offended when somebody parodies me.

Al Yankovic

By the time I'm in the studio recording my parody, 10,000 parodies of that song are on YouTube.

Al Yankovic

I'm watching the charts every week and hoping something will pop into my head.

Al Yankovic

As much as people are griping about the Internet taking sales away from artists, it's been a huge promotional tool for me.

Al Yankovic

As a kid, I certainly never thought I would get to spend my life doing something fun.

Al Yankovic

I did have a child, and I was reading a lot of picture books to her, but at the same time writing a children's book was something that I'd been wanting to do for many years, pretty much since the start of my career.

Al Yankovic

Whenever I do a parody it's not meant to make you hate anybody's music really.

Al Yankovic

So I'm one of the few celebrities that got to do a repeat performance on 'The Simpsons,' which I'm very flattered by.

Al Yankovic

It's hard to really articulate what the parameters are that make one song parody-able and another song not, but if I can come up with a good enough idea for it, I go for it, and if not, then I have to move on.

Al Yankovic

There are a lot of songs that would ostensibly be a good candidate for parody, yet I can't think of a clever enough idea.

Al Yankovic

What kind of morons do you have working at newspapers in Austin that would base an entire review of an artist's performance on whether or not they had a good seat?

Al Yankovic

I'm still a geek on the inside, that's the important thing.

Al Yankovic

At this point I've got a bit of a track record. So people realize that when 'Weird Al' wants to go parody, it's not meant to make them look bad... it's meant to be a tribute.

Al Yankovic

Pop culture's gotten much more disposable.

Al Yankovic

You fake something until you're good at it.

Al Yankovic

When I was a kid, I thought I was going to be an architect, because when I was 12 years old I had a guidance counselor that convinced me that that was the best career choice for me.

Al Yankovic

I'm very analytical, I'm very precise.

Al Yankovic

I suppose I had my rock star fantasies while I was singing into my hairbrush in the bathroom mirror, but I never really consciously said, 'OK, this is what I'm going to do for a living and I'm going to be Weird Al.'

Al Yankovic

I don't think there are any new media I'd like to cover.

Al Yankovic

It's hard to force creativity and humor.

Al Yankovic

The irony is of course that my career has lasted a whole lot longer than some of the people I've parodied over the years.

Al Yankovic

Why of course it's unlikely!' I said. 'Oh, by far! The awesome-est things in the world often are!

Al Yankovic

Like, I have had moments, which I think most people have, where you'll be watching TV, and it'll be interrupted by some tragic event, and you'll actually find yourself thinking, 'I don't want to hear about this train being derailed! What happened to 'The Flintstones?'

Al Yankovic

I write and write and write, and then I edit it down to the parts that I think are amusing, or that help the storyline, or I'll write a notebook full of ideas of anecdotes or story points, and then I'll try and arrange them in a way that they would tell a semi-cohesive story.

Al Yankovic