This post is intended as supplemental material for the course “Sounds of Laughter: Musical Comedy in the United States”
While I focus on Weird Al’s career in the 2000s as part of Week 2, it is also important to acknowledge his career in the 1980s. During this decade, MTV and emerging music video formats drastically changed popular music and cultural (what Ellis (2008) describes as postmodern [see Week 4]). These new (and often ridiculous) conventions were quickly parodied by Weird Al. Here’s “Like a Surgeon” (1985), his take on Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” (1984).