Summary of “Celebrating 30 Years of Weird Al Yankovic’s Weird Cult Classic, ‘UHF'”

There, Yankovic had cameoed as himself being greeted at the airport by a throng of adoring fans; after UHF bombed at the box office, that tableaux of “Weird Al” as conquering hero looked even more like a punch line.
In a phenomenally detailed 2015 oral history of UHF compiled by Sean O’Neal for The A.V. Club, director and cowriter Jay Levey cites another Zucker-Abrams-Zucker classic as having been front of mind when he and Yankovic conceived UHF, albeit not exactly as an inspiration.
As Levey suggests, UHF was trying to do something slightly to the side of that.
In terms of its satirical approach, UHF plays pretty much like the cinematic equivalent of one of Yankovic’s albums, toggling between rigorously specific spoofs and a more generalized mode of “Style parody” that lampoons familiar tropes more than specific titles.
Suffice to say that if UHF is a cult classic, it’s not because of its plot, although there is a cunning self-reflexivity in the idea of George-who is, for all intents and purposes, meant to be Yankovic if he’d gone into TV rather than music-achieving success by creatively leeching off of the mainstream entertainment he can’t compete with.
UHF embraces strangeness, and its star’s non-sequitur sensibility achieves liftoff, whether in the cognitive dissonance of the blaxploitation-scored trailer for Gandhi II; the cheerful inanity of the commercial for “Spatula City”; the manic energy of Richards as the meteorically popular Stanley Spadowski; and, obviously, “Wheel of Fish,” with its ersatz Vanna White stand-in and quasi-Dadaist rallying cry: “Stupid! You’re so stupid!”.
What Levey and Yankovic understood, and what keeps UHF hugely enjoyable today, was a concept as old as Shakespeare and as new as YouTube: Brevity is the soul of wit.
Like so many cult items of the late 20th century, UHF found its audience on VHS, a format that may actually have been better suited to the implicitly hit-or-miss nature of its comedy.

The orginal article.