Dan Castellaneta, who voices America's favorite schlub hubby Homer Simpson on Fox's "The Simpsons," has joined the cast of Second City's "A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre. The comedic stage production is set to begin performances on Nov. 24.
Castellaneta, a veteran of Second City, will be part of an ensemble cast that includes other recognizable comedy names -- Joe Flaherty, of SCTV fame; Frank Caeti, an alumnus of Fox's "MADTv"; and Larry Joe Campbell, from the ABC sitcom "According to Jim."
The cast also includes Amanda Blake Davis, Brian Stepanek and Jean Villepique.
"Twist Your Dickens" is a farcical take on the Dickens classic and is written by Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort, both of whom are Second City alums and have worked for Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report." Marc Warzech, another Second City veteran, is directing.
A CTG spokesman said that each actor will play multiple roles in the production, except Flaherty, who will play Scrooge. Castellaneta will play Jacob Marley and other characters.
Castellaneta previously appeared at the Douglas in a 2006 production of the play "Nighthawks," inspired by the Edward Hopper painting. He has appeared in Southern California theaters a number of times including productions at the Geffen Playhouse and the Old Globe in San Diego.
In addition to voicing Homer Simpson, he provides the distinctive belch of barfly Barney Gumble, the "hey-hey" of Krusty the Clown and the Kennedy-esque ramblings of Mayor Quimby.
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