'Weird Al' Yankovic: I Turned Down 'Dancing With the Stars'
Fresh off a new album and in between tour dates, "Weird Al" Yankovic stopped by the Billboard offices for a Live Q&A on Wednesday (Oct. 12). Although the master satirist has been up to release a thirteenth album, "Alpocalypse," its accompanying tour DVD, "'Weird Al' Yankovic Live! The Alpocalypse Tour," and a bestselling children's book, "When I Grow Up," this year, Yankovic revealed that he did decline another flashy opportunity: a spot on the ABC reality show "Dancing With the Stars."
"They asked me, and I said no," Yankovic told Billboard.com Assistant Editor Jason Lipshutz. "It's not my thing, you know? It wouldn't be a pleasant experience for me. I'm frankly not a big fan of reality TV -- I know there's a zillion people who watch the show, and it would probably be 'good for my career,' but I don't know, it's just not my thing."
However, Yankovic, who starred in the 1989 cult classic comedy "UHF," did express a desire to return to acting on either the big or small screen.
"I'd love to do more work in TV and movies," he said. "There's a lot that I'd certainly consider, so, you know, give me an offer!" That offer probably wouldn't be for a "UHF" sequel, he pointed out: "I don't think that a major motion picture studio is hankering to make a sequel to a movie that flopped in the theaters 20 years ago," he said with a laugh. "I would love to make another movie -- I mean, I think that's somewhere within the realm of possibility. I just don't think it would necessarily be 'UHF 2.' It would probably be something else."
Click here to watch the full Q&A with "Weird Al" Yankovic, in which he answered questions about odd fan gifts, Lady Gaga's appeal, and the number of Hawaiian shirts he owns (spoiler: it's in the hundreds).