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Well I directed a few feature length things for HBO in the late eighties.
– Harry Shearer
I’m at a little loss in terms of my Leave It To Beaver expertise, since I never watched an episode of the show – so the cast in the pilot could have been Martians or they could have been the regular cast for all I know.
I didn’t have a lot of independent film connections. It really took until the digital film revolution came along that I realized that I could do it myself.
That was Embassy Pictures, they went bankrupt shortly after This is Spinal Tap came out.
When it moved to Friday night it disappeared, when they find another show that can do what The Simpsons does, they will be delighted to do cancel The Simpsons.
You know, radio was a really easy way to do the shows. You’d come in, do a read-through, there’d be a few rehearsals, then you’d come the night of the show and do it in front of the audience and then go home.
If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute powerlessness make you pure?
Well Washington DC what are you going to do. They think the capitol steps are the state of the art in comedy. You try to drag them into the 20th century let alone the 21st and they refuse to come with you.
My parents didn’t want me to be a regular in a series. I was a working actor from time to time but they thought was a little too much being a star of a series. They wanted me to have a slightly more normal childhood.
I went to graduate school at Harvard for one year I worked in the state legislature in Sacramento for one year. I taught school in Compton for two years.
Democrats always like to brag that their guys are smarter than the opponents and Republicans always like to brag that their guys are more moral than the opponents. But if you’re looking for morals in politics you’re looking for bananas in the cheese department.
I was a Political Science major.
In the year and a half I was on SNL, I never saw anybody ad lib anything. For a very good reason – the director cut according to the script. So, if you ad libbed, you’d be off mike and off camera.
The last president we had was the smartest guy anyone could remember and he did the dumbest thing anyone has ever seen in the White House so go figure.
I am one of those people who thrive on deadlines, nothing brings on inspiration more readily than desperation.
You have to do real acting, not just do a voice.
When I did that first movie, it was the introduction to all the set-up time and the waiting time that’s endemic in motion pictures, and the repetition.
Bush is a frat boy in the White House but we’ve had that before. But I wasn’t one of those people that was threatening to leave the country. By the way none of those people have left the country. Alec Baldwin is still here.
We’re very pleased to be on a show which is known and loved around the world.