After more than 30 years making records, Weird Al Yankovic has never been more popular. His last studio album, 2014’s Mandatory Fun, was his highest-charting release, reaching number one on Billboard. What’s even more extraordinary is that he did this at a time when any schmuck can turn up on YouTube with a funny version of a hit song. While he doesn’t necessarily need permission to parody songs, he seeks permission because, well, he’s a nice guy, and he doesn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. “It’s pretty rare when an artist will turn me down,” Al explains. “‘You’re Pitiful’ was originally going to be the lead single for Straight Outta Lynwood.... Then we get a call from [James Blunt’s label] saying, ‘We will not allow you to release this parody.’” (Blunt, for the record, was fine with it.) Yankovic’s longtime friend Emo Philips is also on the bill.