Harry Shearer was on this podcast last week (via). His interview starts right at the 30:00 mark and goes for quite awhile. There’s a lot of interesting info and it’s worth a listen, but here are some of the highlights:
- He knew Mel Blanc when he was a child actor.
- He does some Lovejoy and Flanders commentary about Marge in Playboy.
- Said doing the table read with Michael Jackson (at Jackson’s manager’s house) was one of the most awkward moments ever. Castellaneta was stuck in traffic but Jackson was right on time and instead of goofing off or chit chatting everyone just sat there in perfect silence until Castellaneta showed up.
- Tactfully declines to discuss the current quality of the show, and implies that these comments were meant to be private. I don’t doubt that some things can get said in the heat of negotiations that one may later want to retract but, and this may just be me reading too much into this, he sure sounds like he thinks the show’s gone downhill. Shortly after that, in discussing how Hollywood in general has changed over his career, he laments that shows now have huge numbers of writers when once upon on time it was just a few funny people. Hmmmmm.
- He says he’s never watched an episode of Family Guy and jokes that it’s against the religion of Simpsons people to watch it. Then a little later he drops the bomb that people on the Simpsons have always thought Family Guy was originally created as a low cost replacement for The Simpsons’ timeslot and hence there’s some resentment. Hard to tell how serious he’s being, but at least on the surface that does make sense.
15 November Edit: Had the links backwards, they’re fixed now.