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Episode 17: Nerdist Podcast
"Weird Al" Yankovic
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Nerdist Podcast #17: “Weird Al” Yankovic

Weird Al is the nicest guy in the world, Chris is nice but tends to get impatient with automated customer service phone menus, Jonah is the same size as John Cusak and Matt is shattered that the Dave Matthews Band is taking a break from touring in 2011.


  1. Katie Scott says:

    figured it out / thanks

  2. Katie Scott says:

    How can I listen to episode #17 with Weird Al ? (can’t seem to scroll that far back in iTunes ). Thanks!

  3. Josh says:

    (cont. from episode 71) Who? Am? I? What? Is this place? So… So… Nothing. It’s just so… nothing.

    Well, nothing, and the taste of guacamole for some reason.

    Is this heaven? Nothing but the taste of guacamole?

    bing! next episode, episode 8.

  4. Tiina says:

    That was awesome! I agree about Scream btw.

  5. vanillabitty says:

    Weird Al is awesome. I suspect he is a secret genius, practicing theories alone in his basement that would make even Einstein blush with envy. Just sayin 😉

  6. Joe says:

    Jonah mentioned seeing Bette Midler’s brother at his record store (Jelly’s?) brought back long-dormant memories of seeing him walk about Manoa with his headset-radio. I must know, what music did he buy?

  7. tocixxx says:

    A shire in austria… I would love to know where it is, since I live in austria.. 😉 Can you get me the directions on google maps..


  8. Christine says:

    Weird Al was my first concert too! Sault Ste Marie, Michigan – ’96 I think.

  9. dan says:

    Are you aware that you talked about Gary Coleman and less than one month later he died…….hmmm.

  10. Ken says:

    Excellent. Listening to you talk about UHF reminded me of Emo Phillips. What’s the chances of getting him on?

  11. Sara says:

    I heard you mention Liam Lynch. It would be great to hear him on Nerdist Podcast sometime. He’s definitely, a fellow nerd. Have you seen his control panels?
    You always have great guests. Thanks.

  12. Nathaniel Wedgington Hornswaggle III says:

    Die Antwoord reference? Nice.

  13. Dan says:

    Hey guys. This was absolutely fantastic!!! By the by, Jonah sounds like a chipmunk when he laughs…..

  14. Paul says:

    Great podcast! Can we donate by texting, like they do to raise money for This American Life. You guys are worth it…one bone to pick…You guys didn’t ask Weird Al about his appearance on MTV’s Remote Control! After he won, he put his legs around his head, confetti raining down, waving his arms….funny shit.

  15. Patti says:

    Rich, I think you’re SOL as far as getting any of the Al TV’s on dvd/vhs. You would have to find some videophile who recorded them on VHS back in the day, and then beg him/her to transfer them to dvd, or even make vhs copies. I only have a few myself. It would be awesome to have them all, though.

  16. Rich DeBarba says:

    Hey, maybe you guys know: Is there any way to get the old MTV “Al TV ” on DVD (or even VHS)? I can’t find them anywhere… and my old recordings are lost.

  17. Lovefist says:

    I’m now envisioning Malcolm in the Middle, featuring Malcolm McDowell as Alex from A Clockwork Orange.

  18. John says:

    black dynamite was a great movie!

  19. Patti says:

    Chris, great podcast!! Yes, Al is one of the very nice ones. I’ve met him 4 times now. I’m the crazy lady who brings him cookies and candy in his image. LOL! *Yes, Weird Al cookies were first before @nerdist cookie came along. Your cookie was inspired by Al* :) Anyway, thanks for doing these podcasts. This is kinda cute/funny: I remember Al showing us the bonus features on the UHF DVD at AlCon III. He demonstrated that you could watch the movie in French with Spanish subtitles. *Might be the other way around. It’s been 8 years* His reasoning? “Because I can!” So great!

  20. Arieh Esra says:

    That was awesome, but you are getting rather slack on the Doctor Who references….

  21. paul r says:

    My this was fun to listen to today!

  22. Hannahbeth says:

    That was so fun. Thanks Chris, I needed a dose of happy today!

  23. AYE says:

    Q: What’s the tour, where is the tour going?
    A: Well, not Europe, as always… :-(

  24. Jesseh says:

    Woohoo gotta love Weird AL! keep up the good work1

  25. Nicole says:

    Just a quick non-sarcastic thanks to Matt for pointing out that DMB is taking next summer off – I had no idea. The annual summer DMB concert is a tradition going back to university with my best friend, and now what the hell are we supposed to do in 2011? I already know – she’ll go to see Justin (Bieber, Timberlake, it doesn’t really matter) and I’ll go see Vampire Weekend or something and we’ll drift apart forever I guess. Ah well, at least now we’ll pay extra close attention at the Toronto show next week.

  26. Jesus Holbrook says:

    Raging Bullwinkle

    Your welcome.

  27. Ardeliah says:

    I loved your podcast. But I only listened cause Al was there.

  28. tammeow says:

    who is the guy with the squirrel laugh? hysterical!

  29. Alfred says:

    My cat does the same thing with the litter box. Crazy!

    Awesome podcast!

  30. Shalimar says:

    Love Love Love it!!

  31. Chris Hardwick says:

    Yes, that W. A. Yankovic is “one of the good ones.”

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  34. Chris says:

    today is a happy day, mr. mystery guest did get his own podcast

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  36. LordEnigma says:

    My cat fails at litter boxes too.

  37. McFeely says:

    woo hoo! Been waiting for this one.

  38. jose says:

    Will this really show up if I type here?

  39. kijan says:

    *happy sigh* i knew this day would come…