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Weird Al’s “Word Crimes”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:55 pm

Glorious fun for word nerds.

My Weird Al story.

12 Responses to “Weird Al’s “Word Crimes””

  1. i love this more than beans and pickles

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  2. Gotta give Weird Al lots of credit. He’s managed to stretch the parody video thing out for three-plus decades. Mostly because he’s really damn good at it.

    JVW (feb406)

  3. that video’s raciss I think

    elissa (1d9a3d)

  4. He will never top his Star Wars parody of American Pie. Yoda, parody of Lola, was good too.

    nk (dbc370)

  5. Weird Al is a genius: “Bob”

    Otto Maddox (990b3b)

  6. I loved the reminder of your Weird Al story linked, Patterico.

    Many years ago, when I was in college, I had a scholarship that obligated me to do lots of “outreach” type tasks. I was asked to pick up a comedian at the airport for a comedy show on campus. He was just starting to make it big with goofy, goofy “arrow through the head” humor, and you know his name: Steve Martin.

    So I picked him up and he was taciturn, and quiet as I tried to make conversation. Finally, he told me that he wasn’t funny and didn’t want to tell jokes (though I had not asked him). I said that was fine, and I was happy to not say anything if he wanted; I was just trying to make conversation in traffic.

    “What do you know about art?” he asked me. And then the next 45 minutes in traffic, he talked about art history with me.

    Comedy is a job. I think Steve Martin liked art more. I know he loves his bluegrass music!

    Simon Jester (da34d6)

  7. Weird Al recorded a video for a former student of mine who teaches middle school—a message to the kids. He was hysterical, and I think embarrassed my former student (which I didn’t think was possible). Funny, creative man.

    Simon Jester (da34d6)

  8. Steve Martin belongs in a very different hollywood than the one what has Chris Hemsworth and Emma Stone in it

    happyfeet (8ce051)

  9. A couple of years ago, a friend and I journeyed to Darwin, Minnesota to take in the “Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota.” The environs was exactly as Mr. Yankovic had described. I purchased a couple of “[g]reetings from the twine ball” postcards; one of which, I mailed to “Weird Al” with the only the question “Jealous?” for a greeting. I suspect I was neither the first nor the last to do that.

    Lorem Ipsum (cee048)

  10. Alright, I went over to that old thread and tried to watch L N Smithy’s (sp) link “when I was your age” and found it sucked… It’s all about the Pentiums, babe.

    John Hitchcock (2729d9)

  11. If you like Weird Al, you will probably like Tom Smith, Bob Kanefsky, and maybe even Ben Newman.

    Milhouse (b95258)

  12. This is one of Ben’s: The Dark Lord V-

    Milhouse (b95258)

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