A Halifax comedian is helping to launch the latest album of Weird Al Yankovic parodies.
Andrew Bush is probably best known in Nova Scotia as a member of the comedy troupe Picnicface, but today he’s celebrating the launch of a Weird Al video he directed.
Bush landed the job as part of his work on Will Ferrell’s website Funny or Die.
"Why wouldn't you? He's a legend. He's been doing comedy and music for 30 years,” Bush said Thursday. "It's a fun video. I'm super excited to represent Halifax."
Weird Al's Sports Song, directed by Bush, is the fifth of eight videos the parody artist is releasing.
Bush learned from working with the parody legend behind hits like Fat, Bad and Amish Paradise.
"[He’s] not as weird as you would expect, that being the first part of his name. He's just a really focused man who knows what he wants."
Jacqueline Warwick, an associate professor of music at Dalhousie University, has watched Weird Al’s career as he’s produced 14 albums over 38 years.
"This is the first time in quite a while that I remember there being this much excitement,” she said of the new album, Mandatory Fun.
Weird Al’s Word Crimes riffs on Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines, and flew around social media this week.
"It's the combination of the familiar with the shock of the new, the thrill of the new. We know the songs, we recognize the singing style; we get it,” Warwick said of his success.