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"Weird Al" Yankovic
Weird Al Yankovic profile
Yankovic in 2011
Full name Alfred Matthew Yankovic
Nickname Weird Al
Sex Male
Birthdate October 23, 1959 (age 56)
Occupation Singer-songwriter
Voice roles Cheese Sandwich

"Weird Al" Yankovic (/ˈjæŋkəvɪk/) is an American singer-songwriter, parodist/satirist, record producer, actor, and author. In My Little Pony Friendship is Magic, he provides the voice of Cheese Sandwich.

Yankovic's involvement in the show was first teased when he tweeted a link to a fan-made My Little Pony video set to his song "Polkarama!" in April 2011.[1] Series director Jayson Thiessen later replied to the tweet, asking Yankovic if he was interested in "doing a guest spot on the show."[2]

Yankovic's appearance was teased further when he met with score composer William Anderson, who used to play harmonica and other instruments in Al's band, in August 2012.[3] Songwriter Daniel Ingram was informed of Yankovic's official involvement sometime in 2013.[4]

On July 15, 2014, Yankovic stated in a reddit AMA that he "would be more than happy to bring Cheese Sandwich back to Equestria if that's what the[ writers] want!"[5] He has also expressed interest in providing voiceover for the upcoming 2017 My Little Pony feature film.[6]

Outside My Little Pony, Yankovic is best known as a musician, writing both original music and songs that parody and satirize pop culture. His favored instrument is the accordion. He has sold over 12 million albums (as of 2007), and he has been nominated for thirteen Grammy Awards, of which he won four. His latest album, Mandatory Fun, was the first comedy record to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman's My Son, the Nut in 1963.

In acting, Yankovic co-wrote and starred in the 1989 comedy film UHF, and he had a television series called The Weird Al Show that ran from September to December 1997. He has also had guest roles in The Drew Carey Show, How I Met Your Mother, 30 Rock, The Aquabats! Super Show!, Galavant, and the 2015 version of The Odd Couple and he is the new bandleader for Comedy Bang! Bang!.

In other voiceover work, Yankovic has voiced various supporting characters in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Transformers Animated, Adventure Time, Batman vs. Robin, Gravity Falls, Lilo & Stitch: The Series, Wander Over Yonder, Teen Titans Go!, The 7D, Star vs. the Forces of Evil, and the title role in Milo Murphy's Law and he has portrayed animated versions of himself in Sabrina: The Animated Series, The Simpsons, Robot Chicken, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

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  1. "Weird Al" Yankovic" (2011-04-19). The Weird Al / My Little Pony mashup that the world has been waiting for: Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 August 16.
  2. Jayson Thiessen (2011-04-20). @alyankovic mlp/yankovic make a perfect pair! Ever consider doing a guest spot on the show? (I'm the director and a huge AL fan). Twitter. Retrieved on 2015 August 16.
  3. William Anderson (2012-08-12). Weird Al interview. YouTube. Retrieved on 2013 December 23.
  4. Daniel Ingram (2014-01-15). Last year I got the news from Hasbro.... Facebook. Retrieved on 2015 August 16.
  5. Al Yankovic (2014-07-15). alyankovic comments on This is "Weird Al" Yankovic - AMAA (Ask Me Anything, Again). reddit. Retrieved on 2015 May 8.
  6. Sethisto (2015-12-04). Weird Al Expresses Interest In More Cheese Sandwich Roles. Equestria Daily. Retrieved on 2015 December 4.

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