As I've noted before, I don't get awed by meeting celebrities. Over the years, I've encountered Rainn Wilson, Giada de Laurentiis, Gillian Welch, Kelly Slater and a slew of others, and the feeling is always the same: a second or two of giddiness, followed by the quick realization that they're just hardworking folks like everyone else.
That said, I will confess to a little burning anticipation when I prepared to interview "Weird Al" Yankovic on Friday morning. It's not because I view him as some kind of icon, although any songwriter who could pen "The Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota" clearly ranks among the great poets of our time.
Rather, it was because I had to find out where he got that footage of Paul McCartney.
In addition to his famous novelty songs, Yankovic has a series of short films called "Al TV," in which he takes interview footage of pop stars, cuts the footage into snippets and edits himself in to create imaginary conversations. His "interviews" with Keith Richards, Madonna, George Harrison and Kevin Federline, to name a few, are gut-busters.