No Joke: 'Weird Al' First Comedian in 51 Years to Hit #1 on Billboard Charts
"Weird Al" Yankovic's album, Mandatory Fun, takes the top spot on Billboard 200, a first for the comedian. Not only is this number one album a first for Yankovic, but it is also the first comedic album in 51 years at number one, and has the most sales since 1994.
The album features a parody of the hit song, Happy, and other tracks including Handy, Lame Claim to Fame, Foil, and Tacky. The album sold 104,000 copies its first week. Mandatory Fun is the first comedy album to top the Billboard 200 since Allan Sherman's "My Son, the Nut" spent eight weeks at No. 1 beginning on the chart dated Aug. 31, 1963.
A few comedians have come close, but have not matched Yankovic's achievement. Steve Martin's album A Wild and Crazy Guy peaked at number two on the charts in 1978 and Cheech & Chong had a pair of albums in the number two spot in the early 1970s, but didn't come close to Yankovic's album in sales.
Check out Yankovic's music video for Lame Claim to Fame below.