Al's parents died of carbon monoxide poisoning while he was touring. He learned about this right before performing. What did he do? He went and performed and said to his fans, "since my music had helped many of my fans through tough times, maybe it would work for me as well" and that it would "at least...give me a break from sobbing all the time."
Suddenly this musical satirist becomes an Iron Woobie to me!
So Coolio wasn't happy about "Amish Paradise". Well, recently, after what seemed like a longtime rivalry between the two, you need worry no more.
When asked about the whole incident afterward, Coolio said that he "really thought it out. I was like, 'Wait a minute.' I was like, 'Coolio, who the f—k do you think you are? He did Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson didn't get mad,'" Coolio also has mentioned that complaining about Amish Paradise was "one of the dumbest things I did in my career."
When Weird Al's parody, "Perform This Way" (a parody of Lady Gaga's "Born This Way"), was (initially) rejected by Gaga's manager (Lady Gaga herself would later give Al the OK to release the parody), he encouraged donations to the Human Rights Campaign as an act of "good karma," because of the original song's human rights message.
Al Yankovic follows many people on Twitter, but only one list: "People I Am Sleeping With", consisting of his wife Suzanne.
The last shot of the "Al in the Studio" documentary on "Straight Outta Lynwood", with Al's daughter Nina watching him work.
Unlike most musical parodists, Al always asks for permission from the original artist of his parodies, and has almost never made cheap shots at one. Aside from his mentions of being annoyed with Prince or Coolio, the only two songs where he mocks the quality of the artist are "It's Still Billy Joel to Me" (Billy Joel) and "Achy Breaky Song" (Billy Ray Cyrus). Al seems to regard the former as an Old Shame, as it's never been released, and the latter was so upsetting that Al donated money to the charity of Billy Ray's choice.
When Weird Al got married, there was a rainbow behind him and his wife for some of the pictures.
Here is Al receiving a plaque of his first #1 album. (And of all people to present it to him, it's TomGreen.)
Whenever Al gets letters from fans writing about how his music helped them through bouts of depression or kept them from committing suicide, or even how "One More Minute" helped them get over heartbreaks, it really makes his day. He once said that he never dreamed his music would have such a positive influence on people.
The day Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek passed away, Al posted a video of him recording his keyboard parts for Al's Doors parody "Craigslist," along with a description of how it was one of the seminal points of his musical career.