Rick Miller (comedian)
|Birth name||Rick Miller|
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, Musical comedy, Impressions, Observational comedy|
|Influences||George Carlin, Dylan Moran|
Rick Miller is a Canadian actor, comedian and playwright, currently living in Toronto. Miller is most well 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
- Various Characters in Odd Job Jack, Arthur, Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, Grossology, Cyberchase, Lucky Luke, Caillou, Time Warp Trio, The Berenstain Bears, Franklin, Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings, Billy and Buddy, Kid Paddle, Wombat City, Iron Nose, Snailympics, X-DuckX, Pet Pals, Funpak, Erky Perky, What It's Like Being Alone, Wayside, Turtle Island, Bakugan Battle Brawlers, Carl Squared, Prudence Gumshoe, Franny's Feet, Rotten Ralph, Captain Flamingo, Di-Gata Defenders, The Wombles, Ruby Gloom, The Country Mouse and the City Mouse Adventures, Tommy and Oscar, Ripley's Believe It or Not!, Turbo Dogs, Busytown Mysteries, Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends, Inuk, Belphegor, Jimmy Two-Shoes, Magi-Nation, Malo Korrigan, My Dad the Rock Star, Wunschpunsch, The Kids from Room 402, Spider Riders, Bizby, Pig City, Daft Planet, Willa's Wild Life, Team S.O.S., Jacob Two-Two, Knights of Zodiac, King, Bigfoot Presents: Meteor and the Mighty Monster Trucks, Martin Morning, Marsupilami, Spaced Out, A Miss Mallard Mystery, Totally Spies!, Upstairs, Downstairs Bears, My Big Big Friend, Mimi and Friends, World of Quest, Chilly Beach, The Manly Bee and Beyblade.
- 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
- Official site
- Rick Miller at the Internet Movie Database
- MacHomer official site
- Bigger than Jesus official site
- Rick Miller performing Bohemian Rhapsody