St. Petersburg, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2016) – Following his wildly successful 2015 tour, four-time Grammy-winning artist “Weird Al” Yankovic has announced the continuation of his Mandatory World Tour. “Weird Al” and his band will perform at The Mahaffey Friday, June 3 at 8 p.m.
This year’s tour will see Yankovic bringing his high-energy comedy rock show to an additional 79 cities across North America.
According to Al: “I’ve decided to do the Mandatory World Tour for one more year, after learning that some people didn’t make it out to the show this last time around. Apparently, they don’t know the meaning of the word ‘mandatory’!!”
The tour follows Yankovic’s Grammy-winning Mandatory Fun, which was the first comedy album in over 50 years to hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and the first comedy album in history to debut at the top spot.
“Weird Al” Yankovic is the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history, earning four Grammys and 15 career nominations. He is best known for his hilariously irreverent parodies of hit songs by the biggest stars in the musical universe over the past three decades, including “Eat It,” “Like A Surgeon,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise,” “White & Nerdy,” and “Tacky.”
In 2015, Yankovic released his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun. The single “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).
In addition to this year’s tour, here are a few other recently-announced Yankovic projects: Co-host and bandleader for the fifth season of Comedy Bang! Bang! on IFC, to begin airing this spring; Voice of the title character in Disney’s new animated fall series Milo Murphy’s Law (from the creators of Phineas and Ferb); Executive producer of a TV show based on his best-selling children’s books (being developed with the Jim Henson Company); Star and creator of an on-air promotional campaign for Sundance TV (now airing); A series of Weird Al retro-clothed action figures from NECA, to be released over the next two years beginning this spring; Recent appearances on the ABC hit series Galavant (as a singing monk) and The Goldbergs (as the ‘80s version of himself), as well as numerous voice-over roles including spots on Gravity Falls, Wander Over Yonder, Adventure Time, and the DC animated feature Batman vs. Robin; Live performances on George Fest: A Night to Celebrate the Music of George Harrison (to be released in all formats on Feb. 26); A career-spanning box set from Legacy Recordings, featuring all 14 Weird Al studio albums digitally remastered in all formats.
Yankovic has found success in multiple entertainment formats including the film world with his cult classic UHF, his CBS TV series The Weird Al Show, online with The Nerdist Channel with his faux celebrity interview web series Face 2 Face with “Weird Al” Yankovic, and the publishing world with Weird Al: The Book (an illustrated hardcover on Al’s life and career) and his children’s books, including the New York Times bestseller When I Grow Up. “Weird Al” has performed more than 1500 dates over the course of his career and continues to direct videos and be an innovator in the entertainment community.
Tickets, $37.50, $47.50, $57.50, and $67.50, go on sale to the public Friday, Feb. 26 at noon. Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts members can purchase tickets beginning Thursday, Feb. 25 at noon. Tickets are available online at themahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727.893.7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
The Mahaffey Theater
The Mahaffey Theater, under the management of Big3 Entertainment, is one of Tampa Bay’s top-rated performing arts venues. Home to the Florida Orchestra, The Mahaffey hosts top-quality national and international artists and performances – Broadway, pop, rock, comedy, dance, classical and interactive engagements and exhibitions.
Located in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, the 2,031-seat cultural jewel boasts spectacular waterfront views and is located only minutes away from white sandy beaches and world-renowned museums. Additionally, the theater supports the highly successful Class Acts program, which enables school children to experience the performing arts through in-theater performances as well as in-school outreach and extension programs.
Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts
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The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the performing arts at The Mahaffey Theater, funding arts education for school children through the Class Acts performance series and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment and cultural experiences.