Harry Shearer Brings 'Songs Of The Bushmen' to Largo on Monday
Looking for an appropriately festive way to send off our lame-ass-duck Commander In Chief on Monday night? Harry Shearer's throwing a party for your kind of people at Largo.
Shearer - host of the nationally syndicated radio program Le Show, voice of numerous Simpsons characters, and the one in Spinal Tap with veggie-enhanced trousers - will be presenting songs from his Grammy-nominated Songs For The Bushmen, a thorough and enthusiastic skewering of the entire GW administration, player by player. On the eve of this overwhelmingly joyful occasion. Shearer took a moment to share some insights on the album.
It seems like satirizing Bush would be challenging, because the facts are so over-the-top, it doesn't even seem possible to exaggerate them for comedic effect. How did you deal with this?
I don't think satire requires exaggeration. It just involves keen observation, and then serious editing. You try to give a savagely accurate picture, without the boring parts.
What do you think might have happened if you'd done an album like this in 2003?
I wouldn't have been competing for the Grammy against a dead legend (ed: he's talking about George Carlin; at his Holiday Singalong, Shearer lameneted "I'm competing against a dead man, and dead is so - hot!"). Also, they might have made me an honorary Dixie Chick.