Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Of Weird Al and Twinkies
This used to be at Disney's California Adventure, but now it's in front of Cal Expo's Main Gate as it welcomes visitors to the State Fair.
About this time, I'd be getting ready for Comic-Con, listing all the panels I can't get to see because having a press pass doesn't give you an advantage. Sure, I'd wind up talking to some actors and not head for the panel because they fill up so fast. Still, I would have loved to get that swag, and maybe get lucky with an unexpected autograph or two.
That's why the fair would be my Comic-Con this year, and hope for better things next year. Besides, the fair had a dash of Comic-Con this year with a Hall of Heroes. Kids got to see very famous robots, like these guys...
There was an Iron Man statue, and a replica Batmobile, and surprisingly half a TARDIS...
However, there was one sign that showed summer was officially here, more than corn dogs, ice cream or Chevrolet sunglasses:
This is before Twinkies would officially be back in stores. Somehow, this vendor got some. It's true because it has the new box:
This will be a familiar sight at every other state fair this summer.
The main reason I wanted to go was Weird Al Yankovic. It had been a few years since he was last seen at the State Fair. This was basically a "Greatest Hits" concert. Last time, he added a couple of original songs about a Disneyland employee who used to have dreams a big movie career, and a really sleazy love song.
This time, very familiar sights, like these:
and judging from this picture, he made the right choice:
When he did Amish Paradise, people were waving their arms. More than 30 years mocking music, and he's got staying power Bieber could only dream of.
Of course, there is this new wrinkle, which either mocks NBC or Pacific Rim more than it does Lady Gaga:
Then,it all ended with the Weird Al seal of approval.....
Until things moved towards the Happy Dark Side...with a Star Wars encore for the ages. Take that, Hall H!
The only thing missing was the swag. For me, that was Comic-Con 2013. I just hope Al has some new musical targets. He just can't let Rebecca Black is safe from his satiric ways. 30 Rock sure isn't.
One thing, though: he also showed his fake movie trailer called "Weird" with Olivia Wilde, Aaron Paul, and Patten Oswalt as Dr. Demento. It may have been a Funny of Die bit, but making it a real movie wouldn't be a bad idea. The more accurate account is kind of interesting, but they could do this one, and blow Walk Hard, the Dewey Cox Story away.