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Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:09 am
by HalifaxKat
This thread was inspired by something mentioned in the "What If Al Was A Girl?" thread. In that thread, yankochick38 stated that while there are a few female comedians who were inspired by Al, the list of comedians who are known to be inspired by Al is predominately male. That made me curious to find out which female performers (not just comedians, but anyone with a career in the arts) have mentioned Al being an influence or an inspiration to them!

Actually, as a side note, I'm interested in learning about anyone who has mentioned Al's influence on them, regardless of gender. Is there already a list compiled on WOWAY somewhere? If so, would love to see it...

Anyway, how many names can we count in the female department? Garfunkel and Oates have been mentioned. Who else??

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:57 am
by IFoundMyYankochicks
I remember watching the College Humor "comedy music hall of fame" video, and they have a short little clip where they ask comedians who influenced them, and I think all of them said Weird Al was one of them. There were quite a few females who mention him as an influence. They mention Al right before the interview with him.

Heres the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZsXvc66xlQ
They start mentioning him at 38:00

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:32 pm
by TMBJon
G&O is definitely the most obvious one. I've also heard Margaret Cho cite Al as an influence several times.

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 2:52 am
by Killingsworth
Two female performers from the College Humor special that jump to my mind are Rachel Bloom and Bridget Everett.

In a Time magazine interview, Maya Rudolph mentioned growing up and wanting to be funny in a way that could also involve music "sort of like a female Weird AL Yankovic". I don't know if it counts since the interviewer was the one making that comparison.

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 5:39 am
by HalifaxKat
Killingsworth wrote:I don't know if it counts since the interviewer was the one making that comparison.

Yeah, I think if an interviewer basically leads them into it, I'm not really counting it, or at least not giving it as much weight compared to someone who would bring Al up automatically on their own when asked who their influences or inspirations were. In the College Humor special (thanks for the link, IFoundMyYankochicks!), it definitely seemed like Bridget Everett brought him up without prompting.

Anyway, these are all awesome. Yay. Keep 'em coming!

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:00 am
by remmy
Mayim Bialik wrote a great piece about Weird Al's influence on her: http://groknation.com/hollywood/loving- ... apologies/

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 6:10 am
by HalifaxKat
Oh yeah, I love that Mayim Bialik article! So heartfelt!!

Re: Female performers influenced by Al

Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2015 8:31 pm
by Song Dust
remmy wrote:Mayim Bialik wrote a great piece about Weird Al's influence on her: http://groknation.com/hollywood/loving- ... apologies/

I LOVE this article. So much so I took a quote for a signature. Never knew she was such a huge fan! Makes me love her more! <3