Kelsey Grammer has played Sideshow Bob on The Simpsons for a heck of a long time at this point. Nowhere near his 20 years as Frasier across several shows, but he’s coming in at a nice clip as Bart Simpson’s nemesis. So when the man himself decides to share a bit about the character, it’s interesting to see just how much he brought to the role.
Many probably think Grammer didn’t have to do too much to bring Bob to life on the screen. I know I didn’t. If he’d have said, “I just play Frasier,” there wouldn’t be many people out there to disagree. But it turns out he drew from a real person for inspiration, in a story he told on Graham Norton this past week and elaborated a bit on Conan previously.
The whole mess makes for a wonderful character that has seemed to stay interesting despite having a singular goal on the show. Of course, we’re talking The Simpsons here. The show that ‘hasn’t been good’ since season ten — which is still impressive if true. If it ended after those golden years, we still would’ve been blessed with close to a decade of classic TV. And Sideshow Bob is a huge part of that legacy, not to mention he’s got a beautiful singing voice.