It’s the comedy event of the millennium: the first truth “Weird Al” Yankovic The film is more than 30 years old. It has a name Weird: The Al Yankovic Storyand it’s a spoof of musical biopics like Ray or Cross the linein the main role Daniel Radcliffe as the greatest creator of parody songs in history. Al himself co-wrote the script and co-produced the film, which was inspired by a Funny or die 2010 sketch of the same name.
While a motion picture of this magnitude certainly deserves a theatrical release, the film is not going to theaters. It also doesn’t go to Netflix, Amazon, or HBO. You can’t buy it on iTunes. If you’re one of the millions upon millions of Weird Al fans, there’s only one way to watch this movie: on Roku channelan ad-supported streaming channel available on Roku players and TVs.
But here’s the good news, while the Roku player is probably the easiest place to find a Roku channel and surprisinglyyou no need a physical Roku is required to view the channel. Press release for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story notes that you can find the Roku Channel “for FREE on Roku devices, the web, iOS and Android devices, Amazon Fire TV, and select Samsung TVs. No subscription required.”
What are you will be requires a Roku account, which you can get (for free) by signing up for Roku channelwebsite. Alternatively, you can download the Roku Channel app for your Android or iOS device, or add it to your Amazon Fire TV or Samsung TV and create a Roku Channel subscription there. They don’t ask you to verify that you own a Roku or provide your credit card information.
Once you’ve created an account, you’ll be able to view any of the channel’s offers in your web browser or on your device — including short-term offers, by the way The Weird Al Show since 1997. And starting this Friday, you’ll be able to watch, too Amazing: The Al Yankovic Story in this way also. It really is that simple.
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story is a nod to the outdated biopic formula and contains a highly inaccurate retelling of Weird Al’s life story. How did he discover the accordion? Why did he become a song parodist? What did musicians from the real world think of his fakes? You won’t learn any of this in the movie, because it’s a heavily fictionalized (and very stupid) version of Yankovic’s journey. Here’s a trailer for the film, directed and co-written by Eric Appel, who also directed the original Funny or Die Short.
The film has a star-studded cast, including Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna and Rainn Wilson as Dr. Dement, as well as plenty of unexpected comedic roles (often played by another comedians and celebrities since the 1980s when Al’s career was just taking off).
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story It premieres on Roku this Friday, November 4th.
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