Episode 168″ – Eric Appel (Part 3)
Original Air Date – August 17, 2022
Dave and Ethan are joined once again for the third and final part of their interview with Eric Appel, the writer and director of WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story, ahead of its release on November 4th on the Roku Channel. Eric shares more inside scoops on the filming of the Funny or Die trailer, Daniel Radcliffe’s reaction to being cast as Weird Al in the film, and even an anecdote about working with Michael J. Fox!
Eric Appel is a writer and director who has worked on Crank Yankers and The Andy Milonakis Show, as well as the comedy website Funny or Die. At Funny or Die, Eric wrote and directed the 2010 viral fake movie trailer for Weird: The Al Yankovic Story starring Aaron Paul as Weird Al. Eric later teamed up with Weird Al again and turned that fake movie trailer into a real movie, also titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story, this time starring Daniel Radcliffe in the titular role. Weird: The Al Yankovic Story premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2022, and can be found on The Roku Channel, as well as other digital platforms, DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.