Rick Miller (comedian)

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Rick Miller
Birth name Rick Miller
Born May 22, 1978
Canada Canada
Genres Improvisational comedy, Musical comedy, Impressions, Observational comedy
Spouse Stephanie Baptist
Website www.rickmiller.ca

Rick Miller is a Canadian actor, comedian and playwright, currently living in Toronto. Although primarily known as a solo theatre creator and performer, Miller is also known for hosting the television series Just For Laughs[1] and for performing a version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" during which he impersonates "twenty five of the most annoying voices in the music industry".

Career

Miller has created and performed in many plays, Bigger than Jesus,[2] MacHomer,[3] and Robert Lepage's Lipsync (Toronto, June 2009).[4]

In an example of art imitating life imitating art, The Simpsons featured a segment in the episode "Four Great Women and a Manicure", in which Homer and Marge played versions of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, respectively. This was an idea originally conceived by Miller for his one-man-show MacHomer. Matt Groening approved of the show and allowed Miller to use his characters.

Bohemian Rhapsody skit

Miller is best known for his famous portrayal of the Queen song "Bohemian Rhapsody" "as performed by 25 of the most annoying voices in the music industry". However, the actual number of parodies in the sketch is 27, including a general parody of lead guitarists. A video of the performance was uploaded on YouTube in 2007, and has been seen over 1,000,000 times.[5] The list of parodies includes (in order): Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Michael Bolton, Corey Hart, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Jon Bon Jovi, Robbie Robertson, Neil Diamond, Aaron Neville, Dennis DeYoung, Barney the Dinosaur, Aerosmith, "Any Annoying Lead Guitarist", Meat Loaf, Crash Test Dummies, Tom Petty, Beck, The B-52's, AC/DC, Metallica, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osbourne, Julio Iglesias, Bobby McFerrin, Andrea Bocelli, and Guns N' Roses.

Voice work

Miller has also worked as a voice actor for numerous animated television shows and a video game.

Some of the characters he has voiced include:

References

  1. ^ Just for Laughs page at ABC official site
  2. ^ Review of Bigger than Jesus at SceneandHeard.com
  3. ^ Link to interview with Miller about MacHomer on National Public Radio
  4. ^ Presentation of Lipsynch on the 2009 Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity website
  5. ^ Link to video of the skit, with more than 1,000,000 views

External links

  • Official website
  • Rick Miller on IMDb
  • MacHomer official site
  • Bigger than Jesus official site
  • Rick Miller performing "Bohemian Rhapsody"
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