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Perfecting Your Craft…of Being a Disgruntled Elf

For the sixth straight year, Actor Todd Waite reprises his role as Crumpet, the irreverent elf at Santaland inside Macy’s in New York. The one-many show, The Santaland Diaries, is based on the essay of the same name by humorist David Sedaris — a piece originally heard on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992. You’d think […]

For the sixth straight year, Actor Todd Waite reprises his role as Crumpet, the irreverent elf at Santaland inside Macy’s in New York. The one-many show, The Santaland Diaries, is based on the essay of the same name by humorist David Sedaris — a piece originally heard on NPR’s Morning Edition in 1992.

You’d think performing the same show time after time every holiday season for six years would become monotonous. But Waite told Houston Public Media’s St.John Flynn he relishes the rare opportunity to perfect a role and talked about how he and the show have changed over the years — in ways both subtle and obvious.

Video: Preview of The Alley Theater’s The Santaland Diaries:

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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