Making Fun

Weird Al Yankovic thrills crowd at McCain

Kansas State Collegian
September 22, 2000
by Kristen Dymacek

Thursday night was a dream come true for one Weird Al Yankovic fan.

Cindy Koehn's front-row seat at Yankovic's "Touring With Scissors" performance at McCain Auditorium paid off.

Koehn, who has been a Yankovic fan since high school, caught Yankovic's gold boxers when he pulled them out of his pants and threw them into the crowd during the song "One More Minute."

"He came over and looked at me and then walked away," she said. "But then he came back and I managed to get the boxers."

"I had heard it pays to be enthusiastic," Koehn said. "I guess it does." Koehn, who drove from Tulsa, Okla., for the performance, was attending her third Yankovic concert of the year.

"It's been the best concert so far," she said.

Yankovic, who is known for his parodies, opened the show with "Gump," to the tune of "Lump" by Presidents of the United States of America.

After he finished "Gump," he pulled out his accordion.

"Are you ready to polka?" he said.

For the next five minutes, Yankovic performed the medley "Polka Power," covering artists ranging from Spice Girls and Hanson to Marcy Playground and Marilyn Manson.

Complete with mini movies, "Al TV," lights, snow, bubbles and several costume changes, Yankovic performed his parodies, including "Like a Surgeon," "Amish Paradise," "Eat It" and "Smells Like Nirvana," for almost two hours.

Yankovic changed costumes after almost every song, coming out dressed like Kurt Cobain, Fred Flintstone, Billy Ray Cyrus and Michael Jackson.

Alec Coughlin, senior in political science, said even though he's been a fan since day one, "Touring With Scissors" was his first Yankovic concert.

"I thought it rocked," Coughlin said. "There were a lot of people going crazy. It was a blast to watch." Emigh Green, senior in illustration, also had never been to a Yankovic concert. She said she always has been a fan of Yankovic's parodies.

"He makes fun of people, and he's worshiped for it. That's just great," Green said. "When he makes fun of artists, they can't even really be mad because he's so funny."

After the concert, Koehn met Yankovic.

"I just about freaked out," she said. "I was like, 'can I touch your hair?'"

Not only did she get to touch his hair, she also got Yankovic to autograph the boxers for her.

"I'm not for sure what I'm going to do with the boxers," Koehn said. "I'm married, so I can't be too crazy."

Even though she was disappointed she couldn't take pictures during the concert, Koehn said she would never forget the performance.

"I can't hear, I can't talk and I have gold boxers," she said. "I'm so excited."