After 30 years making parody albums, “Weird Al” Yankovic topped the Billboard charts for the first time ever with his latest album Mandatory Fun. It was a milestone for the guy who wrote “Eat It” and “Like a Surgeon” back when Michael Jackson and Madonna ruled pop. It was also proof that musical comedy has finally reached its apex—thanks in part to the proliferation of YouTube videos, and a host of other tuneful comedians helping to popularize the genre. Two of the best things in the world are music and comedy and when an artist brings those together, the results can be spectacular. If you want to start your week off laughing—and you’ve already heard every “Weird Al” song on the planet—check out these other hilarious music-makers who spin songs into pure comedy gold.
1. Garfunkel & Oates
This comedy-folk duo of Kate Micucci and Riki Lindhome is tearing it up, having already released four albums. Now they’re getting their own IFC show premiering August 7th. They’re YouTube superstars with strong comedy roots. (They got their start at Amy Poehler’s comedy training ground Upright Citizens Brigade.) G&O’s comedy covers everything from pregnant ladies to awkward situations and a phenomena they refer to as, “God’s loophole.” If you don’t know what that means, you should definitely hear it from the source.
2. Bo Burnham
Bo Burnham blew up via YouTube. He parlayed his musical and comedy stylings into appearances on late night shows, a comedy special, and multiple albums. Like the aforementioned Garfunkel & Oates, Burnham is unafraid to tackle any politically incorrect topic and doesn’t seem to mind offending anyone. He also just released an anthology of poems called Egghead.
3. Sarah Silverman
We love Sarah Silverman and her filthy mouth. Her innocent delivery of her spicy material makes anything derogatory a delight. She’s done it all: television shows, movies, tours, and collaborated with everyone from here to kingdom come. She’s also pretty handy with a guitar. Sarah, never stop.
4. Tim Minchin
This British-born Australian has been in the musical comedy game since the late ’90s. He has a background in theatre, has toured internationally, and been all over TV and movies. He’s so productive, he has six CDs and three DVD specials for you to enjoy. And as you can see in the above video, he sings about very powerful topics. He’s here to change the world, one super-funny song at a time.
5. Rachel Bloom
Rachel is a writer for Robot Chicken and is developing a musical comedy series with Showtime. She makes music comedy magic, using references to literary giants Bernadette Peters, Bar Mitzvah boys’ sexy day dreams, and more.
6. Reggie Watts
Reggie Watts uses improvisational comedy, a loop machine, and a keyboard. He’s definitely more on the experimental side and is also a well-decorated comedian, currently appearing on Comedy Central’s Comedy Bang! Bang! And regardless of anything else, his wardrobe choices are divine.
7. Charlyne Yi
If she looks familiar, you might know Charlyne from her memorable performance in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up as Jodi the stoner or possibly from her turn in a very popular YouTube video where she recreated Dirty Dancing with Channing Tatum. Charlyne was also a Sundance Film Festival darling, appearing in Paper Heart along side Michael Cera. Charlyne’s acts have brought together music, magic, and comedy. Talk about a triple threat.
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