Comedian keen to help Chch laugh

VICKI ANDERSON
Last updated 05:00 26/08/2011
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OUT OF CONTEXT: Rick Miller in character for his one-man show, MacHomer, a comedy composed of elements of Macbeth and The Simpsons.

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"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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