The funniest man with an accordion, "Weird Al" Yankovic is heading back on the road this summer and brings The Mandatory Fun World Tour to Grand Rapids at DeVos Performance Hall on Friday, August 26, 2016 at 7:30 PM.
Few would have guessed that “Weird Al” Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now in his fourth career decade, he has won 4 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.”
In addition to his recordings and world-famous music videos, Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His 2006 album Straight Outta Lynwood spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy,” the video for which spent two months at #1 on iTunes and garnered over 150 million hits on the Internet.
Weird Al released his 14th studio album Mandatory Fun in 2014 which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart becoming the first comedy album ever to debut at #1 on the chart in history, and the first time that a comedy album has reached the top of the chart in over 50 years (the last one being Allan Sherman’s 1963 release My Son, the Nut). In addition, “Word Crimes” debuted in the Billboard Top 40, making Al one of only three people to have had Top 40 singles in each of the last four decades (the other two are Michael Jackson and Madonna). Weird Al, along with his band of over three decades, has performed thousands of live rock and comedy multimedia shows throughout the world, and will be back on the road in 2015 for The Mandatory Tour.
Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 26, 2016 at 10:00 AM. Tickets prices are $37.50, $49.50, $55, and $85 and will be available at the DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena box offices, all Ticketmaster ticket centers, online at Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 1-800-745-3000. A purchase limit of eight (8) tickets will apply to each order, and prices are subject to change.