Larry Miller played the scene-stealing, creepy ex (one of many) in Best in Show , the scene-stealing, creepy doorman in Seinfeld , and the not-so-creepy/overprotective

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Reverb Questionnaire: Best in Show's Larry Miller On the Dead, The Beatles, and His First Impression of Heath Ledger

Larry Miller played the scene-stealing, creepy ex (one of many) in Best in Show, the scene-stealing, creepy doorman in Seinfeld, and the not-so-creepy/overprotective father in 10 Things I Hate About You. He recently came through town warming up the audience at the Paramount Theater for Jerry Seinfeld, and he'll be at the Parlor Live Comedy Club in Bellevue, Thursday through Saturday. Here, he reminisces about his time as a music major, his first concert, and Heath Ledger.

Reverb Questionnaire is a list of (mostly) static questions we pose to folks outside the music industry. The questions are all answered via email.

What music have you been listening to today? Did you like it?

Today I was listening to The Oscar Peterson Trio, and Allan Sherman's "My Son, the Folk Singer."  If that sounds like a wide gap between them, it's like watching a John Wayne movie with a Three Stooges short: right up my alley.

What's your preferred method for listening to music (iPod, car, home stereo, etc.)?

I listen to almost all music either in the car or on my scratchy shaving radio I take in every morning while getting the kids' breakfast. Seriously, I like scratchy radios FAR better than great sound systems. Like everything else in life -- romance, work, drinking -- it's the scratches, the mistakes, which make it great. I don't like perfect sound, I like real sound.

When was the last time you heard "Stairway to Heaven"? Did you turn it off?

I don't turn anything off. K-EARTH out here plays great old stuff (though "Stairway to Heaven" is too long for them, I think), and my kids love it, and I'm THRILLED they love things from the fifties and sixties and seventies. They know more about The Beatles than most forty-year-olds.

Do you play an instrument?

I play piano, cello and drums. I was a music major in school, and played in clubs, backed up singers and did studio work before getting into comedy.

Do you still listen to anything you were listening to in high school?

Once again, The Beatles, from high school and today.

What was the first band/artist you saw in concert? Would you see them again?

First concert I saw was The Fifth Dimension at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium around 1970. For the life of me I don't remember why. They were great, and had lots of hits, and a friend of mine said, "Let's get tickets and see them", and I guess we took the train in and did just that. I actually had a long chat on a plane a few years back with Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., and loved them both. I'd love to see them again.

What was the last band/artist you saw in concert?

The last concert? Probably Grateful Dead (another pretty big spread there, eh?) I may look like a loan officer, but I'm a Deadhead.

How do you feel about ABBA?

ABBA? Hey, let me tell you something. I respect anyone who follows a dream and gets good and makes a living. Good for them. Plus, even though they just phonetically sang in languages they didn't understand, I'll bet even then they spoke better English than 98% of everyone from 20 to 50.

What is the last song you want to hear before you die?

The last song I want to hear before I die hasn't been written yet, and won't be for another hundred years.

Last Question: Did you and Heath Ledger share any good times while you were in Seattle filming 10 Things I Hate About You?

Heath Ledger was one of the dearest souls I've ever met, and the kind of person where you just knew that five seconds after meeting.

 
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