Harry Shearer: Novelist, blogger, Simpsons voice

Harry Shearer is a man of many voices, to be sure. And that’s just on The Simpsons, where Shearer voices the characters of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Principal Skinner, Kent Brockman, the Rev. Timothy Lovejoy, among others. You’ve heard him for years on Le Show, his weekly public radio program. Seen him on Saturday Night Live (that synchronized swimming sketch alone is legendary). With Christopher Guest and company, he’s been in both This Is Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind, and now For Your Consideration. He even blogs, for crying out loud — he started the "Eat the Press" feature on the Huffington Post. And now he has delivered his first novel, the satirical "Not Enough Indians." I spoke with Shearer about the book and everything else. OK. That’s enough of a build-up. Let’s bring Shearer down a notch. First question: How come Le Show still isn’t on the air in Boston? Does it even matter, since you can listen to archived shows online? "I wish I knew," he said. "I guess it’s people calling ‘BUR, ‘GBH saying what the hell is wrong with you people. Like they say, you know Boston isn’t really a big college town." "I have the perception that not being on the air in New York City affects the perception of people in the media business as to what I do. People in...

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