Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers for WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story.
Welcome to the world of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, in which celebrity cameos are an easy get. His new film, WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, features more cameos than we can count, making it an even funnier and more absurd film than any of us could have anticipated. It tells the 100-percent unexaggerated true story of prodigal genius Weird Al (Daniel Radcliffe) … with just a few minor changes.
One of those changes is a pool party thrown by Dr. Demento (Rainn Wilson) attended by seemingly every major famous person in the 1980s — and in many ways, it was also attended by seemingly every famous person today. In fact, Weird Al made it happen by sending out a call to see which of his famous friends were free the day of shooting.
But there were plenty of other opportunities for cameos throughout the film, so we did our best to hit every single one of them.
Check out the cameos we found in WEIRD, below.
Lin-Manuel Miranda as the Doctor
WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story opens like the beginning of any biopic — with the birth of our hero. And as the doctor pulls little Weird Al out of the womb, Lin-Manuel Miranda turns to the camera in full doctor’s get-up. In an interview with Wired, Weird Al revealed, “When I first announced … I was doing the movie, within minutes I got a text from Lin-Manuel saying, ‘What do you want me to do in it?’ I was gonna approach him anyway, but the fact that he jumped at the chance was really cool.”
Thomas Lennon as the Salesman
Scott Aukerman as the Police Officer
There’s always room for a great comedic podcaster in a parody film, so naturally, Comedy Bang! Bang! host Scott Aukerman had to be included in WEIRD. Considering the fact that in reality, Weird Al was so influenced by comedic radio DJ Dr. Demento, it’s fitting to include a great comedic podcast host of today in the film.
Johnny Pemberton and Jonah Ray as Johnny and Jonah Barf
Eric Appel as Captain Buffoon
WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story director Eric Appel takes a stab at acting as Captain Buffoon, a television show host who ends up loving Weird Al’s first big hit, “My Bologna.” Is Captain Buffoon a real person? The short answer is no. The long answer is also no.
‘Weird Al’ Yankovic as Tony Scotti
Yes, Weird Al does make an appearance in his own film as record producer Tony Scotti of the Scotti brothers. Al jokingly nods to the fact that he’s the man in the costume when his on-screen brother continues to hilariously insult his music, and he gets visibly uncomfortable, although he’s supposed to agree that his own music sucks.
Will Forte as Ben Scotti
The Scotti Brothers were a real record-company duo back in 1974, and they did eventually pick up Weird Al as an artist. But like any artist’s journey, Weird Al had to prove himself, and Ben Scotti was not so amenable. Watching SNL and Last Man on Earth star Will Forte in the role is a true treat and testament to how funny Will can be when still acting seriously.
Patton Oswalt as the Heckler
Unbeknownst to many, WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story would have never come to fruition if it weren’t for Patton Oswalt. He connected Eric Appel to Weird Al more than a decade ago when they made the initial trailer the film was based on, and actually appeared in the trailer as Dr. Demento. However, when Patton broke his foot shortly before filming (which he discusses in his new comedy special), he was demoted to Heckler.
Funnily enough, the role of the Heckler was supposed to go to Aaron Paul, who played Weird Al in the aforementioned trailer. “Paul showed up to the set and he tested positive for Covid. He was our one Covid casualty,” Weird Al explained.
Michael McKean as the Sleazy MC
Jorma Taccone as Pee-Wee Herman
Jorma is known to many as one of the Lonely Island guys, the musical comedy rap band that went mainstream thanks to Saturday Night Live. He appears as Pee-Wee Herman at the celebrity-filled pool party. Originally, Weird Al wanted all three Lonely Island guys to play the three guys from Queen sans Freddie Mercury, but Andy Samberg was unavailable due to “reproducing that month,” according to Al.
Akiva Schaffer as Alice Cooper
Although Andy wasn’t able to make it to the set, another third of Lonely Island, Akiva Schaffer, appeared as the makeup-laden Alice Cooper. “[Akiva] has no dialogue in the movie — that was his idea,” director Eric Appel told Consequence Film. “He was like, ‘I want to come out and do something. I don’t even want any lines.’ I’m like, ‘All right, that’s great.’ He gave me some great reactions.”
Demetri Martin as Tiny Tim
Singer Tiny Tim was known for playing the ukulele left-handed and singing in his falsetto voice. Yes, that sounds comedic enough, so why not put stand-up comedian Demetri Martin in the role?
Paul F. Tompkins as Gallagher
Conan O’Brien as Andy Warhol
Emo Philips as Salvador Dalí
Nina West as Divine
Jack Black as Wolfman Jack
Not only do Jack Black and Wolfman Jack share a name, but they both have a certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to their charisma. Jack Black fully channels radio DJ Wolfman Jack’s persona in the pool party scene and reminds us why we love him. Plus, as a musical comedy contemporary of Weird Al’s, he had to be included somehow.
David Dastmalchian as Queen bassist John Deacon
Arturo Castro as Pablo Escobar
Josh Groban as the Waiter
Seth Green as a Radio DJ
Weird Al’s true life story was full of DJs, so the more DJ cameos he could bring into the film, the better. Comedic actor Seth Green, known for his roles in Austin Powers and Rat Race and his voice work in Family Guy, pops up as one of those influential DJs who brings Weird Al’s music to mainstream radio.
There are, of course, even more celebs in the film, from Evan Rachel Wood as Madonna to Julianne Nicholson as Al’s mother, Mary. But they’re not quite cameos in the same way as all these other roles. And even with the film’s star-studded cast, they were able to film it in just 18 days! It just goes to show that anything really is possible, even Weird Al and Madonna taking down the most dangerous drug kingpin in the world.
WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story is now available to stream on the Roku Channel.