Host of 'Le Show'
Harry Shearer is one of the most prolific entertainers of this -- or any -- generation.
Since 1983, listeners have enjoyed Shearer's gift for satire and sketch material on Le Show, his weekly KCRW radio program, syndicated nationally and overseas. Vogue magazine described “Le Show” as a "wildly clever, iconoclastic stew of talk, music, political commentary, readings of inadvertently funny public documents or trade magazines and scripted skits."
An LA native, Shearer started acting at age seven with his film debut in the comedy classic, Abbott and Costello Go to Mars, followed by a small role in the first Cinemascope movie, The Robe. As an adult he has appeared in such films as The Truman Show, Godzilla, My Best Friend's Wedding, and The Folkmen. Other feature credits include, Wayne's World, The Fisher King, and The Right Stuff. He wrote and directed the feature film, Teddy Bears’ Picnic.
Probably best known for his work as co-creator and co-star of the mock-rockumentary This Is Spinal Tap, portraying heavy bassist Derek Smalls, Shearer is as popular on television as he is on film. From Friends to ER, Just Shoot Me, Chicago Hope and Murphy Brown, Shearer has guest starred on countless programs, beginning in the early days of television with appearances on The Jack Benny Show, GE Theatre, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and as Eddie Haskell in the pilot episode of Leave It to Beaver.
On The Simpsons, the longest running primetime animated series, Shearer is heard as three of the show's leading characters (Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders) as well as dozens of other "friends" that visit the Simpson family.
A part-time resident of New Orleans, Shearer's most recent project is the documentary film, The Big Uneasy, which presents the "inside story of a disaster that could have been prevented from the people who were there."