The first time Weird Al Yankovic appeared on national television was on April 21, 1981, on The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder. It’s taken 27 years, but everything has been leading up to this moment of you sitting in front of a computer monitor, most likely avoiding some kind of work, staring into the dark abyss of the past. It’s basically the Amistad of YouTube.
It’s weird, because on the one hand Weird Al is kind of dismissed as an aggressively nerdy novelty act that should have ended years ago, and on the other hand I can easily see most of north Brooklyn up on that little stage with him, spazzing out. The pants are tighter and less colorful, and the hair has more Bedhead in it, but he’s basically just a Thursday night in Williamsburg.