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Al Yankovic, American Comedian ( October 23, 1959 - )

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I've learned how to use my spam filter pretty effectively.~Al Yankovic


Learned Pretty Filter

I know now that everything I write, I'm going to put out, and I'll have to live with it for the rest of my life.~Al Yankovic


Life My Life Rest

Somebody will come up to me after a show and have me sign their arm, and the next time I see them my autograph has been permanently inscribed on their arm.~Al Yankovic


Time Me See

You fake something until you're good at it.~Al Yankovic


Good Fake You

I don't really look at myself as the kind of person who craves attention, but I've never been to therapy so there's probably a lot of stuff about myself that I don't know.~Al Yankovic


Myself Look Know

My hobbies just sort of gradually became my vocation.~Al Yankovic


Vocation Hobbies Just

My personal taste doesn't enter into it a lot when I make my decisions as to what to parody.~Al Yankovic


Decisions Personal Taste

When I go to my live shows it's often a multigenerational audience, a family bonding experience.~Al Yankovic


Family Experience Live

So that's why one of my rules of parody writing is that it's gotta be funny regardless of whether you know the source material. It has to work on its own merit.~Al Yankovic


Funny Work Writing

I make charts of songs that are good candidates, good targets, so to speak. Then I try to come up with ideas for parodies. And 99% of those ideas are horrible.~Al Yankovic


Good Speak Ideas

As it turns out, there is a thing called the Internet, and stuff does go out there whether the suits like it or not.~Al Yankovic


Internet Suits Go

There aren't that many superstars around anymore.~Al Yankovic


Many Anymore Around

If something is good enough, it can be out there and people will see it.~Al Yankovic


Good People See

One of my pet peeves is that sometimes the talents of my band get overlooked because, and it was the same problem that Frank Zappa had, with a lot of groups that use humor, people don't realize there's a lot of craft behind the comedy.~Al Yankovic


Pet Humor People

One of the hardest things I've had to deal with in my career is keeping my material topical even though I only release albums every three or four years.~Al Yankovic


Career Three Four

People never ask people doing serious music, 'Do you ever think about doing funny music?'~Al Yankovic


Funny Music People

As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.~Al Yankovic


Life Success Happy

The irony is of course that my career has lasted a whole lot longer than some of the people I've parodied over the years.~Al Yankovic


People Career Irony

I don't think there are any new media I'd like to cover.~Al Yankovic


Media Think New

It's hard to force creativity and humor.~Al Yankovic


Creativity Humor Force

I think that nerds, if you want to call them that, have only gotten more hip and assimilated into the culture.~Al Yankovic


Culture Want You

You don't need to be defined by your job.~Al Yankovic


Job You Need

Whenever I do a parody it's not meant to make you hate anybody's music really.~Al Yankovic


Music Hate You

I'm obviously not a rapper, and I don't have any claims to be one, really.~Al Yankovic


Rapper Claims Really

I suppose I had my rock star fantasies while I was singing into my hairbrush in the bathroom mirror, but I never really consciously said, 'OK, this is what I'm going to do for a living and I'm going to be Weird Al.'~Al Yankovic


Mirror Singing Living

I'm very analytical, I'm very precise.~Al Yankovic


Analytical Very Precise