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Weird Al Yankovic headed to Wilson Center next summer

Weird Al Yankovic in New York, May 17, 2016. Accustomed to a career mix of recognition and indifference, the musical comedian says he’s eager to give IFC’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!”, his first steady television gig in nearly 20 years, a whirl. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times)

WILMINGTON — Wilmington will be getting a dose of “Weird Al” Yankovic next August as he embarks on his Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour — a follow up to 2017’s Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour.

The 133-show tour kicks off Apr. 23 in North America, with Weird Al stopping over in Wilmington on Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m. at downtown’s Wilson Center. The tour will conclude in New York City on Oct. 29 at Carnegie Hall, where Weird Al will perform for the first time.

A comedian, actor, musician, record producer and pop-culture icon, Weird Al has released 14 studio albums, though this tour will feature his non-parody tunes — more “obscure pastiches and original songs that have largely escaped the pop culture radar,” according to a press release. The shows will feature Weird Al and his band only, no bells or whistles, “no costumes, no props, no video screens.”

“The Vanity tour is the most fun I’ve ever had on stage,” Yankovic said in a statement, “so I’ve been dying to get back out there and torture everybody with it once again!”

Opening the show will be comedian Emo Philips, who starred in Weird Al’s 1989 film “UHF.”

Tickets are $38 and up, and go live Dec. 8, 10 a.m., to Wilson Center’s Cape Fear Stage members. Tickets open to the general public on Friday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at, or by contacting the Ticket Central box office via telephone or in-person sales, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday: 910-362-7999.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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