Weird Al Joins IFC’s ‘Comedy Bang! Bang!’ as Co-Host and Bandleader

Musical parody legend will take over duties previously held by Kid Cudi

“Weird Al” Yankovic will return to television as bandleader and co-host on Scott Aukerman‘s “Comedy Bang! Bang!”

IFC announced Monday that the satirical singer will take the reins from Kid Cudi. A long time fan and recurring guest of the show, Yankovic will now join Scott center stage to banter with the weekly guests, create new music and lend his comedy stylings to the show.

“If you would have told me, when I was a teenager, listening and laughing along to Al’s ‘In 3-D’ album, that one day I would partner up with him, I would have asked who you were and how you got in my room,” Aukerman said in a statement. “Then I would have politely shown you the door. Because that’s how I was raised.”

Yankovic has an acclaimed musical career spanning four decades, leading up to his recent album “Mandatory Fun,” the first comedy album in history to debut at the top of the Billboard chart. The four-time Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter has sold more than 12 million albums since his first nationally-released single in 1979.

Known best for parodying pop culture’s biggest tunes, “Weird Al” is responsible for such hits as “Amish Paradise,” “Eat It,” “White & Nerdy” and his latest Top-40 hit, “Word Crimes.” “Comedy Bang! Bang!” marks his first return to a weekly TV series since starring in “The Weird Al Show” in 1997.

“Comedy Bang! Bang!” is produced for IFC by Abso Lutely Productions. Aukerman, Dave Kneebone and Neil Campbell serve as executive producers.

New episodes of “Comedy Bang! Bang!” are set to air this spring on IFC.