Writer/director/actor Christopher Guest has appeared in a variety of traditional roles on Broadway, television and film. The performance style he finds most exhilarating though, is the kind of improvised tour de force he displayed as the lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Spinal Tap, featured in the film This Is Spinal Tap. He’s honed this “mock-documentary” style in his films Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, all of which he directed and co-wrote.
Chris and I met at National Public Radio’s studios in Los Angeles in 2003 when he was in the midst of filming A Mighty Wind. What follows is an excerpt from the interview that ran on my Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired radio show.