No Joke: Weird Al plans gimmick-free tour

“Weird Al” Yankovic is scaling back the weird for his upcoming tour. The musical comedy genius has announced his Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour with a twist.

The 72-date North American tour will largely focus on Yankovic in a different light, per his website’s statement that each show will strictly be comprised of original, non-parody music. The Grammy winner is also scaling back on the size and production of this tour, performing at more intimate venues than usual and forgoing the use of outlandish costumes, props, and video screens.

The upcoming tour will stretch nearly four months, beginning February 27 in Poughkeepsie, NY and conclude June 10 in Green Bay, WI. Emo Philips will join Yankovic on the trek, which also passes through Canada with stops in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary, Winnipeg and Regina.

Over the course of his 35-year career, Yankovic has parodied music’s biggest artists and hit songs, from Bob Dylan and Nirvana to Billy Joel and Don Henley, earning himself four Grammys for his hilarious creativity. His last studio album, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, won a Grammy for Best Comedy Album and became Yankovic’s first album to top the Billboard Hot 200 chart. The effort included song parodies of today’s top artists, including Lorde, Pharrell Williams, Foo Fighters, and Imagine Dragons.

Tickets for this low-key tour are available here.