With parody songs like “White and Nerdy” and “Fat,” Weird Al Yankovic is one of the greatest comic legends ever, having inspired hundreds of musicians with his work. However, in addition to his musical career, Weird Al is also an accomplished voice actor.
This list will break down some of his best roles from his many years in the media.
Netflix’s Bojack Horseman introduced Mr. Peanutbutter’s brother: Captain Peanutbutter. Weird Al’s voice played beautifully alongside Paul F. Tompkins’ Mr. Peanutbutter, as both actors have a joyful melody to their tone which compliment each other. While during this episode Captain Peanutbutter had to give his brother some devastating news, Weird Al perfectly balanced the dramatic and comedic. In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, Bojack Horseman creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg stated that he was delighted to have Weird Al on the show, having been a fan of him since childhood.
Darkseid is… voiced by none other than Weird Al Yankovic in Teen Titans Go. Darkseid is generally portrayed as a dark and powerful figure, voiced with a deep bass to play off his menacing demeanour, striking fear in the hearts of everyone. That is exactly what makes Yankovic the perfect candidate for Teen Titans Go. The show has built itself as the more kid-friendly version in comparison to its 2003 predecessor. A dark and growly Darkseid would not have worked well with the tone of the show, and so Weird Al’s soft and happy tone made him fit the show and its style. Weird Al’s voice itself was also a great source of comedy in and of itself because of how it subverted expectations.
It was a shock to many to know that loveable goofball Weird Al lent his voice to the dastardly villain that opens Batman vs. Robin. Most of the characters on this list fit Yankovic’s persona of cheerful and friendly, but his performance as Dollmaker is chilling. Despite the vastly different character, Weird Al provides a perfect voice to the menace, playfully crafting the childlike innocence that Dollmaker believes he possesses with just enough anguish in his tone to remind audiences how deadly he is. While the character was short lived, his voice sticks out as among the best in the film, and the role shows Weird Al has some great range.
In a show with supernatural elements and real, raw family drama, it was relaxing to get a few filler episodes that tackled more lighthearted plots. In Gravity Falls episode “Dungeons, Dungeons, and More Dungeons,” Weird Al plays a wizard who forces Dipper and Ford Pines into a game of D&D&D. Weird Al beautifully balances devilishness and childishness. Weird Al sounds like he is enjoying himself within this episode, which makes it all the more enjoyable to watch.
On top of all his work as a character voice actor, Yankovic has voiced himself in many projects ranging from Scooby Doo and Guess Who?, Batman: The Brave and The Bold, Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, and even his own TV show, The Weird Al Show. Whenever Al plays himself, he gives a brilliant performance. He always brings fun and wackiness to the projects he appears in, and it’s clear the musician loves playing Weird Al Yankovic.
Musician Weird Al Yankovic has had some iconic voice acting roles in which he really proved his comedy acting chops.