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Herald Sun - Switched On - - On The Couch - BY HOLLY BYRNES

ME­GAN Mul­lally has moved on from play­ing pill-pop­ping, cat­call­ing, crazy Karen Walker on Will & Grace. Re­cently she has been caus­ing of­fence in the mock med­i­cal drama Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal and had guest spots on Happy End­ings, Bob’s Burg­ers, Up All Night and Parks and Recre­ation, op­po­site her hus­band Nick Of­fer­man. Next is the cou­ple’s in­die film launch at Sun­dance and a trip to Aus­tra- lia, where she will per­form her favourite show tunes and swap sto­ries with friend and pi­anist Seth Rudet­sky. I do miss Karen. She was oneof-a-kind and af­ter 196 episodes you be­gin to feel like you’re ac­tu­ally in a re­la­tion­ship with that char­ac­ter, although not in a way that would have me de­clared men­tally in­com­pe­tent, of course. And I don’t want to crush your dreams, but there has been no talk of a re­u­nion thus far. Yes, I had planned to do Karen The Mu­si­cal. How­ever, at the last sec­ond, the rights to the char­ac­ter of Karen were very un­cer­e­mo­ni­ously stripped from me by per­sons who shall re­main name­less. The shows I’m do­ing in Aus­tralia have noth­ing to do with Karen The Mu­si­cal, though there may or may not be one song from that ill-fated show. Up to her old tricks: pop­ping pills, mo­lest­ing un­der-aged teens, pack­ing her large, ex­pen­sive hand­bag with an as­sort­ment of firearms, drink­ing like a fiend, flash­ing peo­ple, re­lent­lessly judg­ing oth­ers while be­ing trag­i­cally flawed in ev­ery way her­self. I’mdef­i­nitely proud to have been part of a moment in pop­u­lar cul­ture that may have helped open doors for gay characters on tele­vi­sion. There were some emails fly­ing (be­tween the cast) af­ter (US Vice Pres­i­dent) Joe Bi­den came out in favour of gay mar­riage and cited Will & Grace as one of the most in­flu­en­tial mark­ers in this coun­try’s shift in con­scious­ness, away from in­tol­er­ance. An Evening With Me­gan Mul­lally plays Syd­ney The­atre (Feb 22, 23) and Mel­bourne (Feb 24). Tick­ets via syd­neythe­atre.com.au and Tick­etmaster.

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