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Weird Al is just channeling Frank Jacobs.
Precisely. In 1962, in 6th grade, I was writing song parodies just like the ones in Mad.
Spike Jones seldom changed the lyrics, though they may have added comments. It was all the music.Jones was a drummer, and it tells since the songs are done with the weirdest percussion section in existence.
Invented lyrics were for the classical instrumental pieces.
I have lots of Spike Jones, including a CD with two of his radio programs.
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Weird Al has the smartest and funniest lyrics out there. He is also funny outside his music. His TV shows and movie are really funny and he really did write them.

He's a super funny and smart guy.
But he owes it all to Frank Jacobs, who did it first and far better (and also cleared the way for him to do it).

I personally don't find his lyrics funny at all.
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Based on his SNL work, I think Justin Timberlake is in the running.
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Ariana Grande can be pretty funny. Here she's spoofing Jennifer Lawrence on SNL's version of Celebrity Family Feud. Her impersonations are pretty funny across the board: Another SNL skit.

Dave Grohl is often funny in interviews.
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Don't forget Ray Stevens.
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I don't know how funny Paul Simon is, but I do know he had at least one high-larious line.

At the "We Are the World" sessions, he turned to Kenny Loggins and said, "if someone drops a bomb on this place John Denver is back on top".


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In the Australian music scene the one who always stood out with a sense of humour was Bon Scott. You can see the glee bubbling over in all those early ACDC clips.

John Farnham, was also a consistently charming and funny interview guest, even though I find his music uniformly plodding and dull.

Among people popular this century I'd nominate Dave Graney.

And have I missed Tom Lehrer's name somewhere back up the page?
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Fifteen years ago or so, I listened to an interview with David Coverdale on the radio, and I was surprised by how funny he was. One part I remember...

Interviewer: You live in Lake Tahoe now, right?
Coverdale: Well, not in Lake Tahoe. But I have a house on the shore, yes.
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Over the years, I've heard a number of interviews with Joe Walsh, primarily on Steve Dahl's radio show here in Chicago. He was always very funny, and very self-effacing.
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Thirty-odd years ago I saw Leon Redbone a couple of times as support for Leo Kottke. His stage banter was very funny and he would throw in dramatic embellishments to his strumming that raised a chuckle.
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Unexpectedly funny: June Carter. She was playing with Johnny Cash during one of his last tours when he wasn't well at all. Johnny played for a few songs and then had to step backstage. Turned out he never came back out but June carried on like a fucking rock star and was entertaining as hell. Walked out of that show with mixed emotions for sure, but happy with what I saw.
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(paraphrasing)

Reporter: How many protest singers like you are there?

A media-weary Bob Dylan: 136. Or maybe 143. I think it's 136 or 143.


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Josh Groban's music is banal but he is ludicrously funny. His musical rendition of Kanye West tweets is amusing but if you can find a full video of the time he hosted (not appeared on but actually hosted) British music-themed comedy panel show "Never Mind the Buzzcocks" I heartily recommend a watch.

(US viewers will need to know that "HRT" stands for "hormone replacement therapy", used by postmenopausal women, to get one of the better gags.)
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:53 AM
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Perhaps surprisingly, I'll suggest Richard Thompson. For many years, both as a member of Fairport Convention and as a solo act, he never said anything on stage and wrote "doom and gloom" songs almost exclusively. In recent years, he's shown a terrific deadpan humor, both in on-stage banter and in his often humorous and totally original songs. His cover of "Oooops! I Did It Again" is hilarious.
Seconding this. I've seen him a number of times in concert and his stage banter is often hilarious. It's sometimes like watching a comedian handling hecklers, since the audiences can be quite vocal at times.

And there's the whole "1000 Years of Popular Music" thing (of which, I believe, "Ooops I Did It Again" is part of). Back in 1999 Playboy asked a number of musicians and music industry insiders to submit lists of what they thought were the top 10 songs of the millenium. Figuring most people's lists would start somewhere in the 1950s, Thompson decided to take them literally and compiled a list of popular music stretching all the way back to the 11th century.
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Was just listening to John Prine's old Dear Abby on the car stereo yesterday. He has the ability to be both serious and funny.

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Remember -- the Beatles got their recording contract because of their sense of humor.

I think most groups, even serious ones, sit down and start doing something silly from time to time. Cream did "Mother's Lament," Procol Harum did "Mabel," and the Who did several. John Entwistle in particular wrote songs that were darkly humorous.
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Bo Burnham. My favorite song of his is "Oh Bo", which is hilarious but very NSFW on the lyrics.

Another favorite is Don McCloskey. The video of this one doesn't appear to be on YouTube anymore, but the song still is: "King of Discount Ho's". Also NSFW lyrics.
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I can't personally vouch for them, but I did find this list of The funniest classical musicians, past and present. (#1 on the list is Victor Borge, but I don't think any of the others have been mentioned yet, and many of them I hadn't heard of.)
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The Goons - Unchained Melody

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqqNsyHajb0

I'm walking backwards for Christmas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e61uC-5s9VU
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Old 01-04-2019, 11:32 AM
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Forgot one: The Doubleclicks. Exhibit A: "The Guy Who Yelled Free Bird".
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Spikes Jones & His City Slickers - well capable of playing straight but most of the time they took songs that were widely covered and did them again, in their own way.

William Tell Overture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BavRrRNvz8g

That Old Black Magic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8bdC6eS4MQM

They especially used to take cloying sentimental old sloppy standards and demolish them

Tennessee Waltz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG62sYry5tw

Cocktales for two https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvt4b_qwC_Q
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Tom Lehrer

Poisoning Pigeons in the park

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The Masochism Tango

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We're including deceased musicians? I nominate Mozart, who wrote A Musical Joke. Doesn't seem as funny now; I guess you had to be there. Have you laughed at parallel fifths recently?

Anna Russell. I saw her once in concert, but she wouldn't be on my hot list.
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Mark Russel could deliver some good laughs.
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Was just listening to John Prine's old Dear Abby on the car stereo yesterday. He has the ability to be both serious and funny.
Definitely funny in In Spite of Ourselves, and his story before the song.
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Unexpectedly funny: June Carter. She was playing with Johnny Cash during one of his last tours when he wasn't well at all. Johnny played for a few songs and then had to step backstage. Turned out he never came back out but June carried on like a fucking rock star and was entertaining as hell. Walked out of that show with mixed emotions for sure, but happy with what I saw.
June was always the "funny one" from the Carter Sisters, she developed that persona to cover up for her (in her opinion) lack of singing ability. That would be back in the 50s when they were doing regular radio shows.

I was fortunate enough to see Johnny Cash at his last UK show, and he was usually on stage for 4 or 5 songs at a time, whilst his band and family performed in between. June was definitely funny then, and in my opinion sounded better singing than she did when she was younger.

Cash himself had a pretty dry, self-effacing sense of humour when he cared to show it, but that side of him has been covered up a bit by the "Man In Black" persona.
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I think Borge was the undisputed master of the comedic pause...
Another example is the one liner he would begin by showing the audience his watch: My grandfather gave me this watch on his deathbed [pause]... for twenty bucks.
IRRC, That went more like, "My grandfather gave me this watch...a few minutes before he died...for twenty bucks...plus tax."

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Peter Schickele/ P. D. Q. Bach -- I suspect a lot of his musical jokes went un-noticed by the general public, so he played P.D.Q. Bach pretty broadly, so people would get the joke. He was a graduate of Julliard.

He also wrote non-comic stuff. He did the score for the movie Silent Running. He also wrote over 100 pieces of various types of music.
You might find it interesting to know that Prof. Schickele has performed intimate, one and two-man concerts in small venues, prefacing them with the claim that "none" of the material had anything to do with PDQ (so if that's what you came for, please leave now!). I happened to attend one such concert some years ago, where he performed all original material that he said he wrote to pass the time while on the road, mostly clever or humorous ditties. I hope that he will record some of these before they are lost to the ages, as they are worth preserving.

All I can remember of detail is one song he wrote after passing thru the New England countryside near New Bethel, NY, the former site of the Woodstock Festival. Seeing cows in the field, he said, "Here we are at Woodstock. Would stock appreciate it if they could?..."
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Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary was funny enough for the record company to give his patter an entire side of a live album.
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Noel "Paul" Stookey of Peter, Paul, and Mary was funny enough for the record company to give his patter an entire side of a live album.
"...and four six-packs."

"We'll take it!"
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Kevin Griffin from Better than Ezra is hilarious in his acoustic solo act.

Also, Jim Kerr from Simple Minds. Usually old age jokes.


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Also AC/DC, perhaps not surprisingly, have always been funny in their Howard Stern interviews as well as Ringo Starr.

Henry Rollins does a standup act (I know he prefers “spoken word”) that’s very funny too.


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I was not a fan of Mac Miller's music, but he was a very funny guy. RIP
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Reporter: How many protest singers like you are there?

A media-weary Bob Dylan: 136. Or maybe 143. I think it's 136 or 143.


mmm
He's quite funny on the 1964 Town Hall Concert official bootleg.
People were shouting out requests. One shouted "Mary had a Little Lamb."
Dylan: Is that a protest song?

Plus quite a few of his songs were funny, like Talkin' John Birch Society Blues, I Shall be Free (original and # 10) and Talkin' World War III Blues.

By 1966, not so funny.
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Which brings to mind Tom Paxton. How could a man whose biggest hit was Thank You Republic Airlines and whose first song ever written was The Marvelous Toy not be considered Funny?
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Weird Al? Tenacious D? Flight of the Conchords?
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Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement (Flight of the Conchords)
Yep. They are my favorite. My wife and I often break out singing one of their songs.

It's business
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Define it any way you want, variety is good. I really love funny in an interview setting.
Leo Kottke - Long funny rambling anecdotes between songs to fill time spent retuning guitar to different setups.

Ian Anderson - Very witty and quippy in interviews.

David Lee Roth - Infectiously manic and happy.

Cab Calloway - Hepcat-slang infused love for his art.
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We've gotten this far down and no one has mentioned Tim Minchin?
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No love for Carrie Brownstein? I mean, I get that Portlandia isn't a universal taste, but she starred in a well-known comedy series that ran for eight seasons.
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Jazz singer and guitarist John Pizzarelli is very funny, both on stage and on his radio show.
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It surprised the heck out of me, but punk icon and actor Henry Rollins is a very funny speaker. He is more of a story teller than a stand-up comedian and most of his youtube stuff can be found by searching his name and "spoken word." (Having trouble linking on my phone.)
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There's also Spike Jones, and a few other older musical comedians whose names escape me right now.
Louis Jordan. Not a comedian as such, but for example, "There Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens."
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Leo Kottke - Long funny rambling anecdotes between songs to fill time spent retuning guitar to different setups.

Ian Anderson - Very witty and quippy in interviews.

David Lee Roth - Infectiously manic and happy.

Cab Calloway - Hepcat-slang infused love for his art.
David Lee Roth is an interesting guy, even if many of his answers are the same and pre-planned, he was very creative and just an interesting guy to see in an interview. I checked out his radio show, but not much, didn't grab me like I expected it to, but I'm sure I can find something, maybe the right topic.
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