A little over a year since his 14th album, “Mandatory Fun,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 200 album chart, “Weird Al” Yankovic marched his hilarious propaganda-themed “Mandatory Fun” world tour right into Williamsport on Wednesday, Aug. 5 and took over the Community Arts Center, captivating an audience of all ages with over two hours of hit songs.
The 55-year-old master parodist hasn’t slowed down a bit, presenting a huge multimedia experience coupled with continuous costume changes and an inimitable stage presence that has not only kept him relevant in the Digital Age, but timelessly entertaining – singles like “Fat,” a takeoff of Michael Jackson‘s “Bad,” are just as funny today as newer parodies like “Foil,” which lampoons Lorde‘s “Royals” as well as paranoid conspiracy theorists.
Each song was an entirely original and enjoyable experience, leaving no question as to why Al is still able to set records today, independently producing the only comedy album in the history of Billboard to debut at No. 1 just last year – though he’s always been No. 1 in the hearts of millions of loyal fans, us included.
Photos by Amanda Hrycyna Photography
by Rich Howells
Rich is an award-winning journalist, longtime blogger, photographer, and podcast host. He is the founder and editor of NEPA Scene.