The Onion AV Club has a nice interview feature with Weird Al Yankovic this week. I have to admit that I never thought he was all that funny, but he’s the kind of guy who you sort of love anyway because he’s true what he does, he seems like a genuinely nice guy, and he’s been around long enough that you can’t remember him not being around. So when you see a new Weird Al video, it’s sort of comforting in the same way that watching Letterman is. It might be funny or it might not but you like it anyway because it’s one of Weird Al’s old honkytonk monkeyshines. You know you’d be sad if he died.*
There’s one Weird Al parody that’s real genius: his version of Bob Dylan’s Subterranean Homesick Blues.
The gold standard of musical parodies is, of course, This is Spinal Tap. But you’ve all seen that. Here’s Eric Idle’s send-up of the Beatles (“The Rutles“) instead.
*And by “you” I mean “me.”