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“Weird Al” Yankovic makes his debut as an “authentic American folk” artist on Late Late Show — watch

on February 17, 2015, 10:25am

Thomas Lennon was the fill-in host on CBS’s The Late Late Show Monday evening, and he called up his good friend “Weird Al” Yankovic to serve as his opening guest. After discussing how the pair met by chance at a Staples, the Mandatory Fun parodist debuted the cover of April’s issue of Mad Magazine for which he served as Guest Editor.

It’s a job he’d wanted since he was 12, but was discouraged by his school guidance counselor. “So I graduated from college with a degree in architecture,” Al explained, “which of course I use that degree everyday now. But fast forward to 2015, and I’m guest editing Mad Magazine, and my guidance counselor has been dead for 30 years, so who won?”

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Later in the show, Al discussed how the end of his 32-year contract would finally allow him to dabble in his “real passion,” “authentic American folk music.” He demonstrated his new aesthetic by singing a classic Woody Guthrie song all about his forthcoming Mandatory World Tour, with Lennon providing support on acoustic guitar.

Watch the whole episode below; the interview begins around the 15:30 mark, with the performance starting at 33:10.