The Weird Shall Inherit the Earth

Planet Hollywood Showroom, May 12

"Weird Al" Yankovic | Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

“Weird Al” Yankovic | Photo by David Becker/Getty Images

Rare is the audience so eager to find its seats after encouraging an artist back onstage for an encore. That isn’t an indictment of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s debut Planet Hollywood show, which marked the start of his Mandatory World Tour. Yankovic had to overcome an exceedingly polite crowd, but delivered his usual high-octane, costume-swapping set to foil-hat-wearing, Mandatory Fun-album-cover-doppleganger die-hards. (And, in one inexplicable case, a guy dressed like the Greatest American Hero.)

Entering to a long tracking shot from Planet Hollywood’s balcony while performing “Tacky” (reminiscent of the video of the same), Yankovic canvased his most recent (and chart-topping) record, while delivering parodies and originals stretching back 30 years. Pillared by two medleys to cover maximum ground, Yankovic played a new all-acoustic set of some of his biggest ’80s numbers that ended in an earnest, Vegas-approved lounge rendition of “Like a Surgeon.”

He also cavorted through the crowd, laying come-ons on the ladies during the Prince-aping “Wanna B Ur Lovr,” and presented as an eerily spot-on Robin Thicke, down to the Beetlejuice suit. It was as tremendous as you’re imagining. If the comedy thing doesn’t work out, he’s got a future in the nightclubs. ★★★★✩

Photos by David Becker / Getty Images

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