Weird Al Explains How He Conquered the Internet
When I said I was going to interview “Weird Al” Yankovic this past weekend, people asked me how he was going to find the time. The guy is everywhere right now. I was a little confused myself about how he could possibly squeeze in a casual conversation in the lounge at The Standard Hollywood, a hotel on the Sunset Strip.
It wasn’t until I actually saw him stroll into the lobby that I really believed the All-Time King of Song Parody, and reigning Emperor of the Internet could take a moment away from darting all over the digital landscape to talk to the likes of me. He had an entrourage of one in tow: Jay Levey, his manager, creative soulmate and director of UHF (a movie that was released 25 years ago yesterday). Jay is a small, taciturn, businesslike man who puts Al’s elastic, always-on persona in stark relief.
But when Yankovic sat down wearing low-key, normal people colors, it was clear that he wasn’t out of breath, and he was capable of devoting his full attention to an interview. I couldn’t help but ask how this was possible.
"I have to say, the synchronicity with the release of ["Mandatory Fun"] is pretty mind boggling even before we get into all that," he said. "I had been doing all sorts of promotional stuff, like, months and months before I even knew I had an album coming out, and everything started to happen right around the time of the release." He was referring to his recent appearances in other people’s work: "Epic Rap Battles of History,” where he rapped with animal agression while dressed as Isaac Newton, and Drunk History with Derek Waters, in which he played Hitler.
But he emphasized that some of his recent everywhere-ness was happenstance, his performance as Hitler being a prime example. “It tied into the whole totalitarian theme on the album art. And there are things that are coming out over the next few weeks, like ‘Hotwives of Orlando.’ I did a little bit on that show, and that came out the same day as the album. All this stuff is sort of happening, y’know, at the same time.”
Green Day’s lovely cover of Eye of the Tiger
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Went the distance now I’m BA NA NA NAAA
Gotta fight BA DO DOO DO DO DOOO
It’s the Eye of the Tiger it’s the
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me when i sing in skype
Just because they’re family doesn’t mean they’re right.
Wow that was so personal
I tried to tell my mom I thought I had a mental disease.
She told me that she thought my soul was broken and I was going to hell.
We were having this conversation because I lied about my homework.
Blood isn’t always family, and family isn’t always blood.
I have a similar relationship with my mother. My mum believed that only physical abuse was abuse. Which is not at all true.
The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb.
In short, the relationships you make by choice are stronger than the ones made by birth alone.
I remember using that on me, when I wanted to take advice from people not them. Because “they hadn’t been with me the last 18 years”. My uncle told me my dad wasn’t beating me, so what did I have to really complain about. I needed to change, because my dad was too old to.
This really struck home.
Just a normal, ordinary, absolutely-nothing-weird-going-on-in-this-town scooter ride to school.
Johnny - VexatiousIdler
Stephen - Teeco
Ollie - Schrag
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This episode covers pages 17 to 25 of the comic’s first chapter.
Music Credits (in order of appearance):
Chips Got Kicks - RoccoW
tada.wav - Windows XP
i hit the keyboard - RoccoW
Infinite Cheap Death Tricks - SKGB
SO APPARENTLY WHEN TWO LARGE WHALES DO THE NASTY THERE’S SOMETIMES THIS ONE BRO WHO JUST SORT OF HOLDS THEM UP SO THEY DON’T FLOAT OFF
NATURE IS BEAUTIFUL
ok so i definitely thought for a minute that the top of that page said ‘the orgasms of the sea’
OH MY GOD, Joshua & Margaret used to run an Investigation Service!
reasons why we need pocket chibi turtles
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