"Weird Al" Yankovic Named New Band Leader and Co-Host of 'Comedy Bang Bang'
Published Jan 25, 2016In what's seemingly becoming a tradition, the next season of Scott Aukerman's mock talk show Comedy Bang Bang will feature yet another band leader. Picking up the position recently vacated by Kid Cudi will be song parody kingpin "Weird Al" Yankovic, who will also co-host the program.
News of Yankovic's attachment to the program was delivered today (January 25), with the long-running comedy rock figure confirming as much through his Twitter account:
He wrote: "If you would have told me, when I was a teenager, listening and laughing along to Al's In 3-D album, that one day I would partner up with him, I would have asked who you were and how you got in my room. Then I would have politely shown you the door. Because that's how I was raised."
Yankovic is the third band leader of Comedy Bang Bang. Comedian Reggie Watts had handled the first three seasons, but left the program last year to become the band leader of The Late Late Show with James Corden. Rapper Kid Cudi was brought in for the fourth season of Comedy Bang Bang, but it was announced in December that he would not be returning for the fifth season.
Yankovic had previously appeared on the program as a guest, first in season one's "'Weird Al' Yankovic Wears a Hawaiian Shirt" in 2012 and, most recently, this past fall in an episode called "'Weird Al' Yankovic Wears a Different Hawaiian Shirt."
Production on the fifth season begins this week, with episodes set to premiere in the spring on IFC.