Columbia is gonna get weird Friday.
“Weird Al” Yankovic will be bringing his comedic tunes to Jesse Auditorium for the third-to-last stop on his “Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour,” according to an Oct. 17, 2017 press release.
In keeping with his career-long love of going big with “high-octane theatrics,” his last tour included venues like the Hollywood Bowl and Radio City Music Hall. Now, he’s focusing on smaller venues and more intimate shows, according to his website.
“Yankovic decided that he wanted to take a break from the high-octane theatrics that he’s known for and go bare-bones – no costumes, no props, no video screens… just Al and his band of three decades hanging out on stage, playing music,” according to the press release.
Yankovic will be joined by longtime friend and “legendary” comedian Emo Philips, who will open the shows each night.
No two shows along his 77-stop tour will be the same. Yankovic will be drawing his setlists entirely from his large catalog of original songs — no parodies. For this concert, listen for Yankovic’s popular songs like “The Hamilton Polka” or “Word Crimes” rather than “White and Nerdy” or “Party in the CIA.” His last album, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, was entirely original. It was the first comedy album to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top 200 list, according to the press release.
“After 35 years of big productions, I just wanted to take it down a few notches and have a little musical palate cleanser. This show will be loose, unpredictable, and maybe a bit sloppy – we’ll be making it up as we go along!” Yankovic wrote in a press release.
There is also a VIP package that includes a meet and greet, said Imaginary Entertainment president Jay Levey in an email. Tickets are still for sale online for prices ranging from $55.50 to $87.50, and the show starts at 8 p.m.