This will be a short, but sweet, one. Over the holidays, I’ve had the chance to visit my family and truly partake in the joy that is Frasier. Seriously, what an amazing show!!! I first got the hint to start watching it when I totally fell in love with Cheers two years ago, and then Amb recommended Frasier to me as an example of a great comedy that doesn’t have to rely on a “stupid” character as a comedic crutch. For the record, How I Met Your Mother is another example of a show meeting that description, and the series that spawned Amb’s and my conversation.
Anyway, several seasons in, I’m hooked on the psychiatrist from Seattle, and although I’m likely going to be profiling Kelsey Grammer in a future post, I’ve totally fallen for Dr. Crane’s badass producer Roz Doyle, played by the singular Peri Gilpin.
Peri, an alum of University of Texas at Austin (Earth to extremely tall Kerbey!) actually got her start during an episode in the eleventh season of Cheers, but didn’t have her big breakthrough until she landed a role as a series regular on Frasier, playing the spunky and hilarious Roz.
Gilpin and series co-star Jane Leeves (who played the unsinkable Daphne Moon, who was a little bit psychic) became fast friends as a result of the show, and did all sorts of awesome things like become neighbors, and then later become godmothers of each others’ daughters. The two also formed a production company called “Bristol Cities” (which was based on the Cockney Rhyming Slang of “Bristols” for “titties”).
If you don’t understand the absurdly peculiar constructions of Cockney Rhyming Slang, it’s totally worth taking the apples over to Wikipedia, reading up on Cockney Rhyming Slang, and then buying me a few Britneys to celebrate the joy of learning about culture!
Since Frasier left the air, Gilpin has raised her two children with her husband – painter Christian Vincent – worked to raise money for cancer research, and continued to have a busy acting career with roles in such shows as Desperate Housewives, Medium, and as a series regular on the ABC Family drama Make It Or Break It.
Apparently the longest war in US history is now over. Crack open some champagne and have a hap-hap-happy New Year if I don’t chat with you all before then!