When "Weird Al" Yankovic stopped by Fox Business on Thursday to promote his new album, he ended up having to explain the economics of Internet comedy.
Yankovic has been all over the Internet the past few days, releasing one music video per day from his new album, “Mandatory Fun." As of Thursday, he had released videos for “Tacky,” “Word Crimes," “Foil” and "Handy." He says he'll release four more in the coming days.
A part of his promotion, for some reason, included a visit to “Varney & Company,” where host Stuart Varney grilled the parody artist about how he makes money online.
“How do you make the money when you’re putting it out on the Internet?” Varney asked of the new releases.
Yankovic politely explained how partners like Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Yahoo and Nerdist paid for the production of the videos and allowed him to make them for free in the hopes of getting people excited for his album.
“Yeah, well, come on, come on. How do you get the money?” Varney persisted.
Yankovic, never losing his charm or composure, explained again how the videos are essentially a commercial for the album and not necessarily for profit.
“Can you make a million dollars for each of the eight videos that you’re putting out?” Varney then asked, ignoring everything the artist had just said.
“Yes, yes of course, why did I argue with you!?” Yankovic joked.
Sometimes you just have to let it go and dance it out.
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