Posts Tagged ‘Harry Shearer

23
Dec
13

Quote of the Day

Who Shot Mr. Burns Part 1i

“Sir, have you had enough exercise for this morning?” – Mr. Smithers
“No.  Let’s go another twenty miles.” – C.M. Burns

Happy birthday Harry Shearer!

23
Dec
12

Quote of the Day

Mother Simpson9

“Well that nice lady set the cause of biological warfare back thirty years!” – C.M. Burns
“We’re only now finally caught up.” – Mr. Smithers

Happy birthday Harry Shearer!

23
Dec
11

Quote of the Day

Subtle Flattery

“I’ve never seen such an obvious attempt to curry my favor.” – C.M. Burns
“Fabulous observation, sir.  Just fabulous.” – Mr. Smithers

Happy birthday Harry Shearer! 

23
Dec
10

Quote of the Day

Blood Feud4

“Mr. Burns is suffering from what we medical men call hypohemia.  In layman’s terms, it’s quite simply a lack of blood.” – Dr. Hibbert
“Damn it doctor, I’m no idiot, I know what hypohemia is!  What I want to know is what can we do about it?” – Mr. Smithers
“Well, at this point our only hope is a transfusion.” – Dr. Hibbert
“How long does it take to sterilize a needle?” – Mr. Smithers
“A few seconds.” – Dr. Hibbert
“Well skip it!  Just leave me enough to get home!” – Mr. Smithers

Happy birthday Harry Shearer!

08
Sep
10

Simpsons Alumni Update: Lovitz & Shearer Interviews

Two quick alumni updates for you:

1)  Lovitz takes his show on the road – with a stop in Calgary – This is an extensive Calgary Herald interview with Jon Lovitz about three nights of standup he’s doing there this weekend.  This makes me sad that we missed another season or two of The Critic:

Arguably, Lovitz’s finest post-SNL moment came in 1994-95 with his animated series, The Critic, in which he voiced the lead role of movie critic Jay Sherman. The Critic got off to a shaky start on the ABC network but things were looking up for the show when it was picked up by FOX and programmed following The Simpsons on Sunday nights.

The Critic’s ultimate cancellation still baffles Lovitz to this day.

"We retained 90 per cent of The Simpsons’ audience, and The Simpsons’ ratings were way higher then than they are now. . . . People loved it. They watched it. . . . It was a hit. And they cancelled it anyway. I don’t know why. . . .

"That’s showbiz. There’s no rhyme or reason sometimes."

2)  Q&A With Harry Shearer: Voice of The Simpsons Speaking Up for New Orleans – Via Defend New Orleans comes an even longer interview with Harry Shearer.  With the exception of the sweet photo montage of Shearer with all of his Simpsons characters, there isn’t a lot of entertainment content here.  (It is a cool image though.)  But if you feel like finding out once again how obtuse and scientifically illiterate the American media is, this is pure heroin.  Also, Shearer rules.  But you knew that already.

26
Aug
10

Simpsons Alumni Update: Harry Shearer (He Just Won’t Stop!)

Harry Shearer’s documentary about how Katrina and the Army Corps of Engineers fucked New Orleans will be going to theaters one night only: Monday August 30th.  Trailer:

Local show times all across the US can be found here.  Give ’em hell, Harry.

03
Mar
10

Simpsons Alumni Update: Harry Shearer (Yet Again)

Harry Shearer went on the local New York FOX affiliate’s morning program yesterday to flog his new album, “Greed and Fear”.  It contains humorous songs about the recession, one of which you can listen to on YouTube.  The FOX affiliate’s website has video of his four minute appearance here

Far and away the best part is when he does a couple of Simpsons voices over the halfhearted yet squirming objections of the eminently replaceable local FOX morning people.  It starts around the 2:15 mark of the video.  The hostess implies that he’s not allowed to do any of the voices and he then proceeds to do Burns and Smithers.  She then, as if this would do anything but encourage him, mentions that he’s under contract not to do those things.  She’s laughing all through this, but it’s a nervous laugh and you you can tell she’s at least a little skittish about violating FOX rules like that.  Hi-larious. 

The only piece of Simpsons news, and it’s not really that, is comes when Generic FOX Morning Guy asks about a sequel to the movie and he calls it “inevitable”.  But then points out that the actors are the last to know. 

23
Dec
09

Bonus Quote of the Day

Rosebud3

“It’s me sir, Bobo!  Hug me, squeeze me, tug at my fur.” – Mr. Smithers
“Enough!  Stop this grotesque charade.  Now find my teddy.  Oh, and uh, leave the costume.” – C.M. Burns

Happy birthday Harry Shearer! 

19
Nov
09

Simpsons Alumni Update: Harry Shearer (Again)

At this rate Harry Shearer is going to wear out our “Simpsons Alumni” category, but I guess you can’t keep a funny man down.  Besides, there’s simply too much awesome in this interview to just bury it in tomorrow’s Reading Digest.  In it he talks about why liberal talk radio can’t get a foothold, the processes of comedy, and his upcoming documentary about Hurricane Katrina (which he hopes to have ready in time for the fifth anniversary next year).

The whole thing is a fun read, but two quotes jumped out at me.  In reverse order (bold mine to denote questions):

It’s all dandy until you get censor notes from the network.

Funny, in the “Unplugged” Spinal Tap Tour last spring, during one of the comedy parts of the show, Michael McKean had gotten a hold of the censor notes from NBC of what they would have to do to show “This Is Spinal Tap” on NBC — and he reads them out. That stuff is always funny. There was a legendary book an old gag writer named Leonard Stern wrote, he worked for Jackie Gleason and Steve Allen and those guys, and I think he worked on “My Favorite Martian.” The script note he got from the network one day, next to a particular line, became the title of his book. And the note was, “a Martian wouldn’t say this.” You just can’t do better than that.

A friend of mine saw that show and said the reading of the NBC censor list was funny as hell.  Wish I’d gone.  Also, this sent my heart aflutter:

How would you rate the current writing on “The Simpsons”?

Umm, no comment.

You don’t need to comment, Mr. Shearer; we’ll do it for you.

14
Nov
09

Simpsons Alumni Update: Harry Shearer Podcast

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.

10
Oct
09

Simpsons Alumni Update: Harry Shearer

Shearer has created an art installation called The Silent Echo Chamber (hee hee).  I’ll let The Columbus Dispatch explain:

The installation — previously shown in Chicago; New York; and Ridgefield, Conn. — features news feeds of politicians, TV hosts and commentators captured in the moments before going on live television. They fidget with microphones, scratch, adjust clothing and watch themselves on monitors.

The vignettes, shown on a continuous loop, are from the 2008 presidential campaign and include candidates Barack Obama and John McCain; and James Carville, Anderson Cooper, David Gergen, Sean Hannity, Larry King and Henry Kissinger, among others.

It’s on display through January in Columbus, OH. 

12
Aug
09

Spinal Tap vs. The Lego Lawyers

The Otto Show2

“We salute you, our half-inflated Dark Lord!” – Derek Smalls

Simpsons all-star, and American Hero, Harry Shearer is also, of course, a member of Spinal Tap.  They went on tour this summer and they were using footage from this YouTube video in their show:

Now Lego is balking at letting them use it on the DVD:

As final editing was being done on a concert DVD of the tour, which included footage from the video projected on stage, Lego declined to grant permission to use its figures, which are protected by copyright.
“We love that our fans are so passionate and so creative with our products,” said Julie Stern, a spokeswoman for Lego Systems, the United States division of the Lego Group, a Danish company founded in the 1930s. “But it had some inappropriate language, and the tone wasn’t appropriate for our target audience of kids 6 to 12.”

As final editing was being done on a concert DVD of the tour, which included footage from the video projected on stage, Lego declined to grant permission to use its figures, which are protected by copyright.

“We love that our fans are so passionate and so creative with our products,” said Julie Stern, a spokeswoman for Lego Systems, the United States division of the Lego Group, a Danish company founded in the 1930s. “But it had some inappropriate language, and the tone wasn’t appropriate for our target audience of kids 6 to 12.”

First, who waits until they’re 6 to play with Legos?  Second, Legos have been around for decades in more or less their current form.  Most of the people who’ve used them are adults and most of the people who buy them are adults.  It stopped being an exclusively kid franchise a long time ago and trying to protect it as one is stupid.  By the logic stated above, Lego is worried that parents, who very likely used Legos when they were kids, won’t buy Legos for their own kids because all the fun they had as a kid has been negated by someone’s YouTube video.  That is epic, slow-clap worthy, stupid right there.

It’s really too bad because the video is sweet and the the Derek Smalls Lego guy is awesome.  Also, the YouTube user account account is “BortMcClinenburg” and there are a couple of other Spinal Tap Lego videos there, including “Lick My Love Pump“.

“Are you linking to me?”

“No, my YouTube account is also named Bort.”




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