Rick Miller (comedian)
|Birth name||Rick Miller|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, Musical comedy, Impressions, Observational comedy|
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 and for performing a version of "Bohemian Rhapsody" during which he impersonates "twenty five of the most annoying voices in the music industry".
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. 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.
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:
- The Dark Prince in Prince of Persia: The Two Thrones (Video Game)
- Principal Shawbly in Mona the Vampire
- Sparky in Atomic Betty
- Ben and Fen in Cyberchase
- Mr. Fisher in Odd Job Jack
- Captain Minus in Turtle Island
- Bongo in My Big Big Friend
- Orwin, Ashio and Freep in Magi-Nation
- Semuru - Evolution DC in Far Cry Instincts (Video Game)
- Snaily in The Twins
- Tiger in George of the Jungle
- Hedley Diddly Dee in Skatoony
- Narrator, Colonel Weston and Doctor in Canadian Made
- Winston Churchill in Assassin's Creed: Syndicate (Video Game)
- Acorn Trooper (M) and Sauly in Get Squirrely
- David Sarif in Deus Ex: Mankind Divided (Video Game)
- Tite-Gripp in Atomic Puppet
- Various Characters in Arthur, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Scaredy Squirrel and Busytown Mysteries
- Just for Laughs page at ABC official site
- Review of Bigger than Jesus at SceneandHeard.com
- Link to interview with Miller about MacHomer on National Public Radio
- Presentation of Lipsynch on the 2009 Toronto Festival of Arts & Creativity website
- Link to video of the skit, with more than 1,000,000 views