Mandatory Childhood

Levi Johnson, Staff Writer

Last month Weird Al released a new album titled Mandatory Fun. The album features “Foil” a parody of Royals by Lorde, “Word Crimes” a parody of “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, and “Handy” a parody of “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea. This album was Al’s first album to hit the top of Billboard’s top 200 list. Along with the album he released eight music videos, my personal favorite being the one for “Foil”.

I have been a fan of Weird Al for a long time; he was a pivotal part of my childhood. I still know all of the lyrics to “The Saga Begins”, his parody of “American Pie” by Don Mclean. This album did not disappoint me at all. I found myself singing along in no time and laughing to myself in the car when I attempted to imitate his funny voices. This new album is a instant classic.

The best part about the new CD and Weird Al in general isn’t even the comedy itself. It’s being reminded that comedy isn’t always rude. You don’t have to make fun of somebody or use offensive language to be funny. Al shows us that sometimes we should just embrace our inner silliness and enjoy some slapstick comedy, perhaps a little mandatory fun.