Mike Myers has a new persona

94444__mike_lA little over a year ago, I started receiving hush-hush emails about midnight comedy performances obliquely described as seminars with a "Guru Pitka." Accompanying messages said that Guru Pitka was, in fact, Mike Myers, testing out a new character on the sly, in Manhattan comedy clubs (i.e. the same way he tested Austin Powers). Well, now that character — a Deepak Chopra-meets-the-Maharishi love doctor — is coming to a theater near you.

I heard a description of the performance (this one in L.A.), and I’ll admit to feeling a bit dubious. Apart from the guru’s oft-repeated mantra ("Mariska Hargitay," which does, upon reflection, sound like a delicious Punjabi dish), I thought the whole guru thing, mated with the Apu Kwiki-Mart golly-golly-gosh accent, sounded a little weak, possibly a tad offensive. (Although in the Hollywood of Nacho Libre, I’d argue that political correctness has been significantly rolled back.) Paramount clearly feels differently. At any rate, the prodigiously talented Myers is working again, and that’s a good thing. He’s also signed on to How to Survive a Robot Uprising, which gets my personal greenlight on name alone.

So, what say? Happy to see Myers back? Still upset they never made the Sprockets movie? Able to post without deploying the phrase "Yeah, baby!"? Then please reply below.

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  • Shawn

    Regarding the Guru Pitka piece, I saw Mike Myers perform last June when he was testing the character in a show. It was easily one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. With the theatre being so small, I felt guilty that so few people had the chance to see it. I remember thinking that this should be broadcast on TV. I don’t know how a movie will work, but if it’s anything like the live show, you can bet we have another Austin Powers on the horizon.

  • Bill Scurry

    Watch your fingers — most of Myers’ film output suggests he’s a hack.

  • Idris

    Ztill no “Sprockets” movie? My disappointment is glorious! Zis movie would have made me as happy as a little girl.
    Ach, maybe next time.
    Now, I’ll go listen to Kraftverk…

  • Joel

    I’m pumped. I’ll take anything new from Myers.

  • brandonk

    I don’t know about the guru concept, but I’ll bet knowing how to survive a robot uprising will come in useful someday.

  • Cliff

    Mike Myers is “prodigiously talented”?

  • Mel

    Having reading the Sprockets screnplay, I pray to god that it is one day made. It’s hilarious.

  • Tanski

    Does anyone think this might be for the long in development “The Party” remake? The old Peter Sellers movie.

  • Kate

    I love Mike Myers. It’s good to see that he is back. I do say this as I cross my fingers hoping the character will be funny. :)

  • Katyna

    I miss Mike not making a Sprocket movie just because the word Sprocket is hilarious. Just like I was giddy with delight when Holes came out because hole is a funny word.

  • Kip

    Mariska Hargitay> I love it.

  • Kippie T

    Shawn, Was it explained why his Mantra is “Mariska Hargitay”?

  • BP

    Glad to see Mike back. I’d rather have it be a new Waynes World though…

  • Shawn

    Kippie, the Mariska Hargitay joke was an ongoing theme throughout the show. The only reason he uses her name is because it sounds very “guru-like”. It’s used as a way of saying “Amen” or “Bless you”. I didn’t even catch on to what he was actually saying until about halfway through the show, when he flashed a photo of Mariska Hargitay onto the slide show screen that was used throughout.

  • anne martino

    i hope this gets to mike my daughter-in-law is crazy about austin powers and she is at the sheppard spinal cord injury center in atlanta,ga she is a cancer survivor (just as of april 20) double mastectomy and on may 30 was involved in a car accident with my grandson in the car he survived with a concussion however my daughter-in-law was not as fortunate she has a broken neck and back amoung other injuries…if there was any way he could send her a letter or if he is in the area stop in to see her ..it would be such a wonderful positive gift for her as she has not had to many positives in the past 2 years….it would be so appreciated as she adores him..her name is dana martino…we her family have set up a web site for her the address is http://www.danamartino.com thank you thank you anything you could do would be wonderful….she has been left paralized from this accident could u please pass this on to mike for us

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