By Scott Brown
May 31, 2006 at 08:08 PM EDT

A 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.

addCredit(“Mike Myers: RJ Capak/”)