Saturday, August 22, 2009

Speakeasy with MacHomer's Rick Miller

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Though notorious as the cursed “Scottish play,” Macbeth has been lucky for Rick Miller. The Canadian actor/comedian’s popular one-man show MacHomer casts the Shakespearean tragedy with about 50 voices from “The Simpsons.” Miller brings MacHomer to Georgia Shakespeare Wed.-Sun., Aug. 26-30. He discusses the show’s cocktail of high and low culture and why casting Barney Gumble as Macduff is more than just a pun on Duff Beer.

Where did the idea come from?

In 1994, I was playing the lowly role of Murderer No. 2 in a theatrical version of Macbeth. I’d done it all summer long, and at the cast party I decided to show off with a 10-minute version called "MacHomer," imitating the other actors in the show who reminded me of “Simpsons” characters. This was when the show was really starting to take off, and I decided to take it one step further and make it a larger show. Since then, it’s gone through several phases — I think we’re up to MacHomer 5.0 now — since I’ve tinkered with it to make it bigger and better.

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