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Harry Shearer

Biography:

Harry Shearer, a Los Angeles native, began acting at the age of seven at the suggestion of his piano teacher-turned-agent. He made his film debut in the classic Abbott and Costello Go To Mars and had a small role in the first Cinemascope movie The Robe.When the last days of network radio made way for the early days of live TV, the young thespian appeared often on The Jack Benny Show as well as appearances on GE Theatre , Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and played the role of Eddie Haskell in the pilot episode of Leave It To Beaver.

Harry gained national recognition as one of the creators and stars of This Is Spinal Tap, where he portrayed heavy metalist Derek Smalls in the mock rockumentary.Harry was a writer and cast member of Saturday Night Live for two seasons. His film work includes Oscar, The Fisher King, Wayne's World II, Pure Luck, The Truman Show, and Godzilla. Harry is also known as the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders, among others, on the international hit series The Simpsons.

Past Shows:

Jung & Mysticism

Author (and founding member of Blondie) Gary Lachman delved into the occult and mystical dimensions of psychiatrist Carl Jung's life and work. In the first hour, actor Harry Shearer discussed his new Katrina documentary, The Big Uneasy, which examines the causes of the levee failures in New Orleans ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Biblical Contradictions

Biblical expert Bart Ehrman discussed contradictory views about the life of Jesus Christ, and the creation of the Bible. In the first hour, Ian spoke with actor Harry Shearer about his latest work. ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Bush & Bohemian Grove

During the first two hours of the show, comedian, actor and musician Harry Shearer joined Ian Punnett for a discussion about his life, career, and a variety of other topics. Shearer spoke about his early work on the The Jack Benny Program and the influence of actor Mel Blanc, who voiced many Looney Tunes animated characters, as well as corrected some erroneous biographical information on IMDB.com.He discussed his film Teddy Bears' Picnic, a parody of the Bohemian Grove conspiracy. Shearer said he was invited to be a guest at the Grove and was allowed to research at the Bohemian Club in San Francisco. In his opinion, Bohemian Grove is a place where the elite go to recreate "their sophomore year in college." Shearer also talked about his new album, Songs of the Bushmen, a political satire of the Bush Administration.CannibalismIn the last half the program, author and independent scholar Carole Travis-Henikoff discussed her research into the taboo subject of cannibalism. Ac ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

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