Hear director, screenwriter, musician, and actor Christopher Guest; actor, comedian, composer, and musician Michael McKean; and vocal coach Melissa Cross, on this edition of Fresh Air.
Christopher Guest co-wrote the rock parody This Is Spinal Tap (and the other mockumentaries Best in Show and A Mighty Wind), and he was a writer and regular performer on Saturday Night Live. (Original Airdate: 9/14/1989)
Then, Michael McKean, best known for co-starring in the spoofs This is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind. He got his start playing Lenny in the 1970s sitcom Laverne and Shirley. (Original Airdate: 2/21/2006)
Finally, Melissa Cross, also known as the "Scream Queen" for her work teaching metal, punk, and hardcore performers how to use their voice without ruining their vocal chords. She teaches them how to growl, bark, bellow, and scream. Cross is classically trained. She has an instructional DVD, The Zen of Screaming: Vocal Instruction for a New Breed. (Original Airdate: 12/8/2005) [Broadcast Date: August 31, 2007]