Weird Al Mocks Celebrity Name-Dropping in His Latest Music Video

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July 20 2014 5:00 PM

Weird Al Throws Up on Christian Slater, Sits Next to Steve Buscemi in “Lame Claim to Fame”

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Only a million degrees of separation between Yankovic and Kim Kardashian.

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Perhaps the most surprising story of the past week has been the comeback of “Weird Al” Yankovic, the novelty-song genius who has delighted fans with a canny Internet stunt: a new music video, every day, from new album Mandatory Fun. His latest from that record, “Lame Claim to Fame,” is a particularly amusing Southern-rock riff on celebrity name-dropping and the “six degrees of separation” craze.

The video is a charming stop-motion medley, and features Yankovic boasting about some peripheral connections to fame: how he bought a second-hand toaster from an acquaintance of Brad Pitt, how he shares a birthday with Kim Kardashian, how he stayed in the same hotel as Zooey Deschanel. It’s good fun, and the week of Yankovic continues.

Sharan Shetty is a writer for Brow Beat. You can follow him on Twitter

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