Comedy is an art form and Gallery1988 and FunnyOrDie are back again to prove it. Friday, March 9th, the art gallery located on Melrose Ave. in Hollywood will open its second annual "Is This Thing On?" exhibit, where 100 artists create paintings, prints, sculptures and one-of-a-kind plush all based on their favorite funny people. Take that, The Guggenheim!
In addition, this year the gallery has commissioned 9 different artists to pay tribute to "Weird Al" Yankovic, the greatest song parodist of all-time, by creating a career retrospective screenprint set, where each chronicle the major moments from the legend's career. Artists like Alex Pardee, Todd Slater, DKNG Studios and Phantom City Creative have produced limited edition, hand screened posters that are influenced by songs like Eat It, Bad, Dare To Be Stupid and Another One Rides The Bus. CRAZIEST PART - Weird Al WILL HOST OUR OPENING RECEPTION on March 9th, from 7-10 PM at the Melrose location. The show will run through March and be viewable, and purchasable online, at gallery1988.com starting March 10th.
Today we bring you your first look at the new show, which can't be seen ANYWHERE else on the Internet. Stay tuned to FunnyOrDie, gallery1988.com and g1988.tumblr.com for more information, including a look at the entire Weird Al set later in the week.
Louie CK (sculpture) by Julian Callos:
Fred Armisen and Kristen Wiig by Rezatron:
Chevy Chase by Nicole Gustafsson:
Larry David by Kyle Norris:
Whitney Cummings by Kate Kelton:
Mr. Show by Darin Shock:
Chris Farley by Chris B. Murray: