all of the Ask Al’s ever asked and answered, both on and in The Midnight Star (an unofficial fanzine from 1993 through 1998.) Please keep in mind that some of the answers which were relevant at the time they were given will seem quite “dated” now and may possibly be inaccurate.In lieu of a proper search engine (Hey, this is weirdal.com…not Amazon.com!Judy Tenuta is the woman on the couch who graciously accepts my gift of a surge protector…the two gangstas in the car at the beginning of the video are Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from MAD TV…It all began a couple years ago, when my record label suggested that I consider doing a Dual Disc release.
It’s now made the top of the birthday list, and as a parent, while I’d love to see the tour, I need to know about kids…? I see every demographic in the audience at my live shows, from toddlers to geriatrics. although that doesn’t mean it’s a squeaky-clean G-rated kiddie show.
(And before you ask, no, it wasn’t ever in our budget to shoot an 11-minute live-action music video.) Anyway, if we were doing the video in live action, I would almost certainly be playing a character, not “Weird Al” – and therefore I instructed Doug to give the guy a more generic hairstyle. Right – of course, that’s Donny Osmond dancing behind me (playing “Krayzie Bone” to My “Chamillionaire”)…
Seth Green is the guy obsessed with action figures (he’s basically playing himself)…
Actually, I can’t wait until HD-DVD or Blu Ray discs are more prevalent in the marketplace – most people have only seen the video in low res on My Space or on You Tube, and as I’ve said before, we shot the thing in HD… Actually, when the animator Doug Bresler sent me his original animatic, the character in the video did in fact look a lot like me.
But my note to him was that the video should not be too “cartoony” – it should be more or less an animated version of what the video would have looked like if we had shot it in live action.