The Full Story Of How Sideshow Bob's Persona Came To Be, According To Kelsey Grammer
The Simpsons has a practically endless stockade of side characters at their disposal after 27 seasons on the air. Perhaps one of the most beloved of these characters is Sideshow Bob, Krusty the Clown’s former sidekick who has a bit of a habit of trying to kill Bart. The cultured Sideshow Bob is appropriately voiced by Kelsey Grammer, whose other famous TV character, Frasier, is basically just a less murderous Sideshow Bob. For those who’ve ever wondered how Grammer developed the voice for the character, then you’re in luck.
Grammer was recently on The Graham Norton Show where he revealed the origin of the voice. Kelsey Grammer was asked by Graham Norton how his ability to sing led him to get the role of Sideshow Bob. Grammer explained that Sam Simon, one of the creators of The Simpsons, was a writer on Cheers, and he frequently heard Grammar sing while he was on set.
Kelsey Grammer agreed to voice the character, and thought it was very funny after he read the script. The character was so cultured that he decided to use a voice that he had catalogued years ago from before he had become a successful actor.
So, there you have it! Sideshow Bob is in part based on a real person’s voice. If you’d like to hear Kelsey Grammer recount the story himself in his soothing voice, then check out the clip from The Graham Norton Show below.
The Simpsons will return in the fall for its 28th season, so stay tuned to Cinema Blend for all your Simpsons updates.
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