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"Weird Al" Yankovic interviewed on Pop My Culture Podcast (Weird Al Yankovic)

“Weird Al” Yankovic (king of pop culture parody and star of “UHF”) joins Cole and Vanessa for their super-special shiny 100th Episode! They talk Dr. Demento, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez, Bedazzlers, Guy Fieri’s Ass Blast Nachos, the final Twilight, GAZOOOOOO!, People’s Sexiest Man of the Year Channing Tatum, accordions, The Madonna Inn, utilizing Leslie Nielsen, mountains of fan letters, the White and Nerdy explosion, Kevin McCarthy, Sadgasm, holiday cards from Robert Goulet, the Wheel of Fish, a very bizarre Homeland episode, and Al’s hiring of a young Tress MacNeille!

Leave your answer to the Firsts question (the first parody film you were really into) on our website for a chance to win an Alpocalypse CD/DVD and UHF DVD signed by Al!

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Weird Al Yankovic with hosts Vanessa Ragland and Cole Stratton for Pop My Culture Podcast episode 100

"Weird Al" Yankovic giveaways UHF and AlPocalypse signed


  • Comment by Richard — November 26, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

    Without a doubt, “Airplane!” is the funniest parody film I’ve seen. In fact, it was the first comedy film I was ever shown as a child. And every other film has just been a pale comparison to that one.

  • Comment by Wes — November 26, 2012 @ 12:05 pm

    Definitely UHF….love it!

  • Comment by Patti Brown — November 26, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

    The first parody film I was really into (probably the first one I’d seen) was “Airplane”.

  • Comment by Rik — November 26, 2012 @ 1:05 pm

    Beefaroni sang for me. My life is complete and I can die happy.
    Also, I love Cole’s expression in that picture.

  • Comment by Dustin — November 26, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    The Big Bus. I know this predates Airplane but I used to watch it on TV as a kid.

  • Comment by Patricia M. Wolf — November 26, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

    UHF is my favorite. Naked gun 33 1/3 takes second.

  • Comment by Greg — November 26, 2012 @ 1:58 pm

    Aside from the aforementioned UHF, the first ones that really caught my eye were the Naked Gun series. Of course, Al was a guest star in all three installments, so that never hurt!
    To this day , both the movies and the short-lived TV Series of the same name are among my favorites.

  • Comment by mikeyp — November 26, 2012 @ 3:23 pm

    First parody movie i remember is Naked Gun.

  • Comment by Devin — November 26, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

    The first parody film I ever really got into was “Spaceballs”, Mel Brookes’ love letter to the Star Wars franchise written with a poien pen. Whenever i think of the “ridiculous speed” scene I still crack up.

  • Comment by Jen Braun — November 26, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    Easy question! Weird Al has been my hero since I was 14 in 1985….I love him forever. UHF!! (I even bought and am learning to play an accordion.)

  • Comment by Troy Thomas — November 26, 2012 @ 8:56 pm

    The first one I really got into was Spaceballs. I just love that film, and after that I saw Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles, setting up my lifetime affection for Mel Brooks. I still maintain that Spaceballs is more entertaining than all the Star Wars films combined.

  • Comment by Kristen Lantz — November 26, 2012 @ 9:11 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Weird Al, so of course I love UHF. Another parody movie I love is Vampires Suck! 🙂 both are very funny!

  • Comment by Spencer Loeck — November 27, 2012 @ 4:09 am

    Mine would have to be Hot Shots! I mean chickens as arrows, come on people!

  • Comment by corinne — November 27, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    Robin Hood Men in Tights! But then, I maaay be basing that on suspect metrics. http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lx98t02CNf1qa3s4do1_500.jpg

  • Comment by Rogermuyo — November 27, 2012 @ 8:22 am

    I got really into Not Another Teen Movie. It perfectly skewers all of the teen movie tropes and some that apply to other genres as well (like the token black guy, slow clapping guy) and it even throws in a musical number. If you’re a huge Hughes fan or an American pie connoisseur you owe it to yourself to check out this movie.

  • Comment by Rob S. — November 27, 2012 @ 8:24 am

    “Airplane” was the one I got excited for when it came on TV. I am old.

  • Comment by Caelan V. — November 27, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    The first parody film I was really into was “spaceballs” it was so darn funny.

  • Comment by Tom Steele — November 27, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    The first I remember seeing was Airplane, probably when I was 8 or so. And I really do think it’s never been topped. The only satire I love more is Dr. Strangelove, but I didn’t see that until high school.

  • Comment by John McKelvey — November 27, 2012 @ 1:31 pm

    Airplane was my first back when I was a teen.

  • Comment by Cheeseball701 — November 27, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

    I saw Austin Powers when I was six, and I watched it endlessly on VHS (what’s funny is that Skyfall is the first Bond movie I have seen). Later I came to love UHF and the Zucker movies.

  • Comment by MikeL — November 27, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

    I was a kid when Hot Shots/Par Deux/Robin Hood:MiT came out. We used to love Mel Brooks Robin Hood: Men in Tights and I still love it today.

  • Comment by Ben S — November 27, 2012 @ 7:38 pm

    Young Frankenstein is one of my dad’s favorite movies so we watched it every Halloween together. It is truly a great movie.

  • Comment by Jason — November 28, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    The first parody film that I really got into was Hot Shots Part Deux. I was a kid when it came out so I didn’t get some of the references until a few years later, but I still watched it every time it came on HBO.

  • Comment by Aaron Pierce — November 28, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    I enjoy most parody movies, but the one I get into most is Robin Hood: Men in Tights. Love the theme song (we’re men in tights). I hit the high note real nicely myself.

  • Comment by RonGross — November 28, 2012 @ 2:51 pm

    It’s a tie between Spaceballs and UHF. Not even for the fact that it’s Al, but I just love script! I know every line and quote it even today!

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