Comedian keen to help Chch laugh

19:27, Aug 25 2011
Rick Miller
OUT OF CONTEXT: Rick Miller in character for his one-man show, MacHomer, a comedy composed of elements of Macbeth and The Simpsons.

"Doh" is the perfect word to describe the time Canadian Rick Miller knocked two of his front teeth out on stage while presenting his one-man show, MacHomer.

"Ah, yes," Miller laughs. "The Macbeth curse. That was at a fringe festival. The mic stand knocked two of my front teeth out.

"Luckily, there was a dental technician in the audience. She gave me a shot of something and I carried on and performed the rest of the show, even if it was with a lisp."

Part of the Christchurch Arts Festival, the 75-minute show sees Shakespeare's tragedy Macbeth populated by the residents of Springfield, with Miller telling the story through his impersonations of the cast of The Simpsons television show.

"It's like a Halloween episode of The Simpsons, where the characters are out of context and allowed to kill each other," he said.

Conceived as a Macbeth cast party sketch more than 17 years ago, MacHomer has evolved into a worldwide hit that has seen Miller perform to more than 500,000 people.

The Christchurch season is something of a first.

"Never performed it in a tent in a park – never. I'm looking forward to it," he said. "I was in Christchurch seven years ago for a production of Evita, and obviously the city has changed since then, and it looks to me like the people of Christchurch need a laugh."

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