About Harry Shearer: He co-wrote and starred in the seminal rock mockumentary, This Is Spinal Tap; he's the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Kent Brockman, and nearly a dozen other characters on the long-running FOX-TV hit, The Simpsons; and he was a cast member and writer on Saturday Night Live. Le Show, has been on the air since 1983.
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"Le Show is one of the best shows on modern radio." (Entertainment Weekly)
"In the long nightmare that is America in the late 20th century, no one has given voice to the worst in all our natures better than Harry Shearer. His rants are funny, and his depth of knowledge on certain matters, from digital TV to Lewinskygate, is impressive." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Oh gawd this was bad. If you enjoy some fool bantering on and on about others, you'll enjoy this one. I would be better entertained hanging out listening to the gossip at the local salon!
I have been a long-time listener to Le Show... KALW-FM in San Francisco runs it at noon on Sundays. My Sunday listening is built around this excellent show. When I'm really anxious to hear it "live" I tune in to the KCRW-FM webcast of the live show, which is at 10am on Sunday mornings... in Stereo! Unless you happen to live in the Los Angeles area, this is the best way to get Le Show "live and direct." I often listen, again, at noon on KALW when I'm more awake!
Ladies and Gentlemen, from the edge of america, from the home of the homeless... is the daily show not informative enough for you? Is Terry Gross too not asking those hard hitting questions you feel yourself desireing the answers to? Do you love the sooooothing sound of the voice of revrend Lovejoy? If so.... ...Le Show is for you.
Harry Shaffer's work on the Simpsons and other acting roles are terrific. However, this show is painfully boring and lacks the sophistication and good writing of his other entertainment appearances. Also, you can download this show for free on his own site.
Maybe I picked a particularly bad episode (March 7, 2004) as my introduction to Le Show, but I couldn't get through the whole hour. The music was good but I guess I didn't "get" the rest of it. I respect the guy for being the voice behind many Simpsons characters (and for his role in A Mighty Wind), but here he just reads stuff from the news with lots of awkward silent pauses where I had to check to make sure it was still playing. I guess he thought the news bits were inherently funny because he didn't really give much commentary -- I felt like I was listening to a bad New York Times audio digest. There were a couple of non-news sketches that were mildly funny.
I normally appreciate understated humor, but this was a little too understated for me.
While sometimes mildly amusing, the author takes the easy way out by criticizing anything and everything without offering up any reasonable alternatives to the (quite obvious) problems he sees in the world. Sure, it's time honored comedic tradition to point to the foibles of those around you but to do so on serious topics with a completely unsupported point of view adds up to nothing more than a series of cheap shots. Perhaps the most egregious being his comparison of everyone who's ever had an honorable discharge with a serial killer/sniper. Yes, I know it was specifically a shot at Bush, with whom I rarely agree, but it's a prime example of the laziness with which the author attacks his targets. Wit and wisdom are missing in action. I'm reminded of the kid in class whose main skill was to make fun of others without ever attempting to walk a mile in their shoes.
An absolutely excellent show. Dry humor and wit surrounding the news of the week. Le Show's "We're So Sorry" is a great segment of weekly blunders. Try this show, unless you are a conservative then you should stick with the Wall Street Journal!
Harry Shearer may be best known for his roles in Spinal Tap and The Simpson?s, but Le Show showcases his ability to succinctly observe the world at large in a humorous and often ironic fashion. He does not force jokes or present material as being ?laugh out loud funny,? but takes listeners on a journey where they are lead to their own conclusions. It is a very cleaver program that requires a skilful and intelligent broadcaster to pull it off: Shearer is outstanding.
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