Harry Shearer can’t take a hint

Aug 21, 2012

US actor and comedian Harry Shearer prep

Actor and comedian Harry Shearer Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images

Harry Shearer, who made a name for himself in “Spinal Tap” and “The Simpsons,” is lending his many talents to a new album.

“Can’t Take a Hint” is a collection of Shearer’s musical comedy sketches, the likes of which appear on his podcast “Le Show.” Whereas his past albums, both of where were nominated for Grammys, had a singular theme, Shearer chose to cover a broader swath of topics on his latest effort. For instance, Shearer tackles Sarah Palin, the war in Iraq, Joe the Plumber, Rupert Murdoch and more through his humorous recordings. And Shearer doesn’t hog the spotlight here; he calls upon Jane Lynch, Fountains of Wayne, Jamie Cullum and his wife, Judith Owen, to help round out the vocals and music.

What spurred Shearer to record another album? What is his creative process? Was it harder to go beyond a singular topic for this record? What other projects are on the horizon for the talented actor, voice actor and musician?


Harry Shearer, actor, comedian, writer, voice artist, musician, author and radio host well known for his work on TV (The Simpsons), film (This is Spinal Tap, A Might Wind) and radio (Le Show) joins us to talk about his new musical album is “Can’t Take a Hint”

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