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2014-07-23 09:12:37 AM  
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2014-07-23 10:16:31 AM  
From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?
 
2014-07-23 10:25:07 AM  
This album isn't all that good. I suppose it's better than the Jason Mraz one though.
 
2014-07-23 10:28:56 AM  

timharrod: Anyone know what that last comedy album was?


Wild guess: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.
 
2014-07-23 10:30:17 AM  

timharrod: From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?


Bob Newhart's  The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart in 1960
 
2014-07-23 10:33:50 AM  

timharrod: From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?


i'm going to GUESS...purely 100% guess...it was a george carlin album ~20 years ago
 
2014-07-23 10:35:34 AM  

Gulper Eel: timharrod: Anyone know what that last comedy album was?

Wild guess: The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart.


Walker: timharrod: From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?

Bob Newhart's  The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart in 1960


was it really?

54 years ago?

nothing since then...not bill cosby, not carlin...heck, not even smothers brothers?
 
2014-07-23 10:37:12 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: This album isn't all that good. I suppose it's better than the Jason Mraz one though.


that's a bold statement. i understand...but even at his worst weird al is awesome!

to me, it's a solid album, and for the CSN parody alone (mission statement) it's worth a top spot on the charts
 
2014-07-23 10:41:05 AM  

Walker: timharrod: From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?

Bob Newhart's  The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart in 1960


Allan Sherman's My Son, the Nut was #1 from August 31-October 19, 1963
 
2014-07-23 10:43:55 AM  

bungle_jr: was it really?

54 years ago?

nothing since then...not bill cosby, not carlin...heck, not even smothers brothers?


You forgot Steve Martin. But those guys were doing albums when there were wall-to-wall great bands in the music business. 1960 and today, nothing so sensational musically (off the top of my head).
 
2014-07-23 10:44:04 AM  
I did my part... it was on sale for $6, and it was the only album I've bought in the past two years.
 
2014-07-23 10:44:55 AM  

timharrod: From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?


I would have guessed one of the Richard Pryor albums
 
2014-07-23 10:46:53 AM  

rugman11: Walker: timharrod: From weirdal.com:

It's the first time that Al has ever had a #1 album - in fact, it's the first time a comedy album has topped the Billboard chart in a very, very, VERY long time! Thank you all for your support - we couldn't have done it without you!!

Anyone know what that last comedy album was?

Bob Newhart's  The Button-Down Mind Of Bob Newhart in 1960

Allan Sherman's My Son, the Nut was #1 from August 31-October 19, 1963


Yeah, it's the Allan Sherman record. Which I'm sure is something Al will appreciate.
 
2014-07-23 10:47:15 AM  

timharrod: You forgot Steve Martin


Only got to #2, but he has four #1 bluegrass albums.
 
2014-07-23 10:48:41 AM  

Jaden Smith First of His Name: This album isn't all that good. I suppose it's better than the Jason Mraz one though.


That's tacky.
 
2014-07-23 10:50:34 AM  
....Seeing as how Al is talking about this possibly being his last studio album, I'm glad he's going out on top.
 
2014-07-23 10:54:47 AM  
I learned today that there exists a separate Billboard chart for "Comedy" albums.

sfw

and also that, at this time for this week, Jim Gaffigan holds the #1 position on said chart.

/and 'Weird' Al holds the #9 position.
/and that Dennis Miller is still producing something which someone, somewhere considers to be "comedic."
 
2014-07-23 10:55:43 AM  
ahh! allan sherman!

i forgot about him

but a few days ago i saw something...can't remember what at all...with producer credit for allan sherman

timharrod: bungle_jr:
You forgot Steve Martin. But those guys were doing albums when there were wall-to-wall great bands in the music business. 1960 and today, nothing so sensational musically (off the top of my head).


it's very early in my brain still...can't think of everything

someone mentioned pryor...even if i'd thought of him, i wouldn't consider one of his albums hitting number 1...high charting, perhaps, but not #1.
 
2014-07-23 10:56:03 AM  
Congrats to Al!

He's a national treasure. This album and previous outtings have all been pretty solid. Though lesser people do/will do song parodies he is one of a kind and I don't see anyone filling his shoes anytime soon.

/buying the CD today
//let's get him in that Super Bowl halftime show
 
2014-07-23 10:59:12 AM  

AtlanticCoast63: ....Seeing as how Al is talking about this possibly being his last studio album, I'm glad he's going out on top.


That's a good thing. Why wait three years between releases? Now he can target any song for parody and be on youtube as soon as he wants.
 
2014-07-23 10:59:30 AM  

Sinbox: I learned today that there exists a separate Billboard chart for "Comedy" albums.

sfw

and also that, at this time for this week, Jim Gaffigan holds the #1 position on said chart.

/and 'Weird' Al holds the #9 position.
/and that Dennis Miller is still producing something which someone, somewhere considers to be "comedic."


hmmm...it doesn't surprise me that gaffigan is the top of the charts, comedy-wise...one of my favorites these days
also really doesn't surprise me that weird al is not at the top of the comedy charts, as it's so much about the music
it DOES surprise me that dennis miller still finds time these days to do comedy. i would've guessed al franken 1000 times before it dawned on me that dennis could still be funny

i saw franken once about 13 or 14 years ago at a uso show...he was hi-friggin-larious!
 
2014-07-23 11:04:03 AM  

lindalouwho: Congrats to Al!

He's a national treasure. This album and previous outtings have all been pretty solid. Though lesser people do/will do song parodies he is one of a kind and I don't see anyone filling his shoes anytime soon.

/buying the CD today
//let's get him in that Super Bowl halftime show


this!
there are TONS of parody artists...some REALLY good...some meh, some terrible. but NO ONE does it like al!

Decillion: AtlanticCoast63: ....Seeing as how Al is talking about this possibly being his last studio album, I'm glad he's going out on top.

That's a good thing. Why wait three years between releases? Now he can target any song for parody and be on youtube as soon as he wants.


and that's almost word-for-word what al said. when his contract started, albums were the way to go, and soon after MTV made videos (which he is GREAT at) a huge selling point

as he said recently, mtv no longer stands for music television, and youtube gets seen around the world instantly...one could be much more relevent (i.e., on top of parodying current events) putting out singles/videos on youtube, and not need to come up with 10+ songs to fill an album
 
2014-07-23 11:06:58 AM  

Sinbox: I learned today that there exists a separate Billboard chart for "Comedy" albums.

sfw

and also that, at this time for this week, Jim Gaffigan holds the #1 position on said chart.

/and 'Weird' Al holds the #9 position.
/and that Dennis Miller is still producing something which someone, somewhere considers to be "comedic."


Yes, it's true there's a Comedy Album chart but him getting #1 on the Music chart is a much bigger deal.

Dennis Miller?
Well, I guess Republicans buy albums too.

/joking
//or am I?
 
2014-07-23 11:08:10 AM  
This reaction seems appropriate:

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2014-07-23 11:23:32 AM  
i find it funny that Eddie Murphy's singing charted higher than his best comedy album

The single "Party All the Time" charted #2

His best comedy album "How could it Be" charted #26
 
2014-07-23 11:23:50 AM  

lindalouwho: but him getting #1 on the Music chart is a much bigger deal.


concurred.

I was just looking for the answer to the above-asked query re: the most recent comedy album to accomplished said feat.

I can't believe that that answer is so bloody difficult to find.

usually have much stronger google-fu .

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" (from 1960) is the first to ever accomplish said task .

Joan River's "What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most" reached #22 in 1983.

Most search results direct me to said Comedy chart.
 
2014-07-23 11:28:19 AM  
"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" (from 1960) is the first to ever accomplish said task. And i'm beginning to believe that it may be the only only one to do so.

/amended.
 
2014-07-23 11:28:54 AM  
...only other...
 
2014-07-23 11:35:19 AM  

Sinbox: lindalouwho: but him getting #1 on the Music chart is a much bigger deal.

concurred.

I was just looking for the answer to the above-asked query re: the most recent comedy album to accomplished said feat.

I can't believe that that answer is so bloody difficult to find.

usually have much stronger google-fu .

"The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart" (from 1960) is the first to ever accomplish said task .

Joan River's "What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most" reached #22 in 1983.

Most search results direct me to said Comedy chart.


My favorite article on that search was the one that said it happened 54 years ago but didn't name the damn album.
 
2014-07-23 11:41:14 AM  

Sinbox: ...only other...


(_)* that's a mug of coffee, seems you could use one ;-)

Look upthread. The last album you're looking for was in 1963.
 
2014-07-23 11:45:38 AM  

bungle_jr: Jaden Smith First of His Name: This album isn't all that good. I suppose it's better than the Jason Mraz one though.

that's a bold statement. i understand...but even at his worst weird al is awesome!

to me, it's a solid album, and for the CSN parody alone (mission statement) it's worth a top spot on the charts


Having been on more than one "Strategic Planning" team, if I am asked to lead one, I better have my resume ready. There is a good chance I would show the Mission Statement video at the first meeting (damn near said, "kick off event").
 
2014-07-23 11:46:47 AM  

lindalouwho: (_)* that's a mug of coffee, seems you could use one ;-)


You're sweet. And i did just wake up.

lindalouwho: Look upthread. The last album you're looking for was in 1963.


D'oh! So it is. Not my most embarrassing move here...but it's certainly up there.

/back into the inky blackness i go.
 
2014-07-23 11:46:49 AM  
Tacky is one of my favorite Weird Al parodies to date and Word Crimes, in my opinion, retroactively justified Blurred Lines' existence.
 
2014-07-23 11:58:57 AM  

KatjaMouse: Tacky is one of my favorite Weird Al parodies to date and Word Crimes, in my opinion, retroactively justified Blurred Lines' existence.


Weird Al makes me able to listen to mindless pop tunes with catchy hooks - without wanting to hide my face in shame - by replacing the mindlessly dumb parts with clever parts. For this alone I think he's a national treasure.

I did my part and bought his album. First album I've bought in about a year. I'll be much happier to buy tracks from him now that I can buy them directly from him, rather than a record company getting profit from it. I hate record companies getting my money.
 
2014-07-23 12:06:21 PM  

timharrod: Anyone know what that last comedy album was?


Probably adam sandler from the 90s or the jerky boys at that point...
 
2014-07-23 12:23:47 PM  

Decillion: Jaden Smith First of His Name: This album isn't all that good. I suppose it's better than the Jason Mraz one though.

That's tacky.


Hey, it's just what Kanye West keeps telling him.
 
2014-07-23 12:27:09 PM  
He deserves it.

Weird Al is a talented musician and performance artist, and I swear he puts more effort into his parodies nowadays than the original artists put into the original songs. Of his 8 videos in 8 days, i'd never heard the original tune for half of them, nor would I have been able to name the other half.

In modern times when it takes 16 people to crank out all of two lines of lyrics repeated over and over for three minutes, having someone who actually crafts a song, and does so within the confines of the material set out, sometimes takes greater talent then to just "write" something.

In no slight to Al, though, today's music industry is a mess, and while I'll admit as I get older, I don't get some of the new music, it's not entirely me becoming a codger when i point out that there has been a demonstrable decline in the simple quality of music, where talent and production values take a back seat to the quick buck. I'm looking at you, autotune.

I won't say there aren't artists out there, both new and old, who are genuinely good and make good content, but there has been a notable decline. Also to be fair, I've almost never relied on Billboard to find music I like, as my preferences and what's "topping the charts" rarely have ever coincided.

TL;DR he definitely deserves it, it's a solid album, but it's a combination of both his talent, and the state of the industry, that made this possible.
 
2014-07-23 12:28:03 PM  

KatjaMouse: Tacky is one of my favorite Weird Al parodies to date and Word Crimes, in my opinion, retroactively justified Blurred Lines' existence.


Word Crimes is the accidental resurrection of Schoolhouse Rock and I want more.
 
2014-07-23 12:29:43 PM  
sfw

"Arizona Boy?"

sfw


Steve Martin's A Wild + Crazy Guy reached and stayed at #2 for 6 weeks in 1978.

/now that i do have some demon caffeine in me I'm going to go enjoy my rare day off.
 
2014-07-23 12:31:40 PM  
To me, the best part of that album and all the videos was this:

i2.wp.com
 
2014-07-23 12:35:15 PM  

Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel: To me, the best part of that album and all the videos was this:

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i, like many of you farkers, was extremely pleased when i saw this in the video last week!
 
2014-07-23 12:39:06 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul


Decillion: Jaden Smith First of His Name: This album isn't all that good. I suppose it's better than the Jason Mraz one though.

That's tacky.

Hey, it's just what Kanye West keeps telling him.


I can kind of understand why he included Margaret Cho, but the obvious Cho-toe goes slightly beyond tacky.
 
2014-07-23 12:43:40 PM  

Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel: To me, the best part of that album and all the videos was this:

[i2.wp.com image 850x461]


Fun fact, SB Nation interviewed that guy in 2011. They attempted to ask about the picture- which had been taken seven years prior- and he immediately shut them down because he was looking for a lawyer so he could sue the photographer.

The rest of the interview wound up being about him being a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
 
2014-07-23 12:49:05 PM  

Gosling: Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel: To me, the best part of that album and all the videos was this:

[i2.wp.com image 850x461]

Fun fact, SB Nation interviewed that guy in 2011. They attempted to ask about the picture- which had been taken seven years prior- and he immediately shut them down because he was looking for a lawyer so he could sue the photographer.

The rest of the interview wound up being about him being a St. Louis Cardinals fan.


Thus confirming that he is indeed a moran?
 
2014-07-23 12:56:16 PM  

Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel: To me, the best part of that album and all the videos was this:

[i2.wp.com image 850x461]


It was a proud moment to be a Farker when I saw that for the first time in the video.

Man, I am so freaking happy for Al.  Finally.  He deserves it.
 
2014-07-23 12:58:39 PM  
Some of his non-parody songs are brilliant. "Skipper Dan" is surprisingly melancholy for comedy album.
 
2014-07-23 01:00:36 PM  

Pentaxian: Some of his non-parody songs are brilliant. "Skipper Dan" is surprisingly melancholy for comedy album.


I've always wondered at the inspiration for it. Did he have just a really biatchy tour guide, overhear someone bemoaning their life at a bar, or maybe someone he knew? I always worry there's a subtext to the song that I've missed.
 
2014-07-23 01:05:41 PM  

Pentaxian: Some of his non-parody songs are brilliant. "Skipper Dan" is surprisingly melancholy for comedy album.


Best analysis I've seen of him recently was here on Fark a few days ago. I don't remember the exact quote, but it was something like, "If you're hearing chipper music in a Weird Al original, you're about to hear some seriously dark shiat."

Skipper Dan
Weasel Stomping Day
Christmas at Ground Zero

The argument has merit.

What I like especially about "Skipper Dan" is that it doesn't just poke at the legions of failed actors, but at anybody who is muddling through life in a manner far removed from their dreams. It's Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" with a slightly more comedic bent.
 
2014-07-23 01:07:08 PM  

asquian: Pentaxian: Some of his non-parody songs are brilliant. "Skipper Dan" is surprisingly melancholy for comedy album.

I've always wondered at the inspiration for it. Did he have just a really biatchy tour guide, overhear someone bemoaning their life at a bar, or maybe someone he knew? I always worry there's a subtext to the song that I've missed.


He said in an interview that he was at Disneyland and the Jungle Cruise guide was littering the scripted jokes with references to his own failed acting career. Not biatchy, just silly. The song basically wrote itself after that.
 
2014-07-23 01:21:50 PM  

Gosling: Rabid Badger Beaver Weasel: To me, the best part of that album and all the videos was this:

[i2.wp.com image 850x461]

Fun fact, SB Nation interviewed that guy in 2011. They attempted to ask about the picture- which had been taken seven years prior- and he immediately shut them down because he was looking for a lawyer so he could sue the photographer.

The rest of the interview wound up being about him being a St. Louis Cardinals fan.


I assumed that picture had a wide distribution, but is it a "Fark" specific thing?

And if this guy is looking for a lawyer, he might want to look up "Streisand Effect".  At the moment,  I have no clue what his name is and if I bothered with the interview I'd likely forget it by dinner tonight.  If he tries to sue, his name will be splashed all over the media.
 
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