Line(s) of the Day #MartinCrane (RIP John Mahoney)

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Alright, that’s it. I’ve had enough of you two jack-asses. I’ve spent the whole night listening to you making cracks about the food and the help. Well, I got news for you: People like this place. I like this place. And when you insult this restaurant, you insult me. You know, I used to think you two took after your mother, liking the ballet and all that, but your mother liked a good ball game too. She even had a hot dog once in a while. She may have had fancy tastes, but she had too much class to ever make me or anybody else feel second-rate. If she saw the way you two have behaved tonight, she’d be ashamed. I know I am.

As said by John Mahoney (1940 – 2018), who played the part of Martin Crane in the critically acclaimed seattle-based sitcom Frasier. In the many warm and heartfelt tributes after his sad passing, it was clear that how highly regarded he was an actor. But even the most casual of readers of my blog will know how big a fan of Frasier I am. And so he will always be Marty Crane to me, who, despite a stubborn and gruff exterior, had a huge heart and was immensely proud of both his sons. But just like the best fathers he wasn’t afraid to call them out on their bad behaviour, remind them of their roots and family responsability.

Line(s) of the Day #Frasier

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Frasier: She is nice. Intelligent, accomplished.
Daphne: Well, if you think so much of her why don’t you ask her out?
Frasier: Well, we agreed we wouldn’t pursue things. Frankly, she hasn’t given me any indication since that she’s even had a second thought about me.
Niles: Added to which, if Frasier did pursue her and she rejected him, he could hardly rationalise it by saying she doesn’t know what she’s missing. She would know exactly what she’s missing – she just didn’t miss it!

Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves and David Hyde Pierce with another example of the blistering wit in the much-loved Seattle-based sitcom Frasier (1993 – 2004). No other show show has been quoted more in my blog, starting with this one back in the first week.

Line(s) of the Day #Frasier

Niles and Frasier

Frasier: I was drawn to the theatre because of its discipline and collaborative spirit!
Niles: Oh please, in your sixth grade production of “Oklahoma!” you took so many curtain calls, Mrs. Van Raphorst had to lasso you and pull you from the stage!
Frasier: That woman never understood me or the role of Farmer Number Three!

Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce in the supreme Seattle-based sitcom Frasier (1993 – 2004). I have quoted the multi-award winning show numerous times on my blog, and yet there is always so much more to quote. Make sure to check out my Gr8at post on Frasier and Niles for more examples of their sublime humour.

Line(s) of the Day #Frasier

Frasier Martin and Niles

Frasier: We agreed we wouldn’t pursue things. Frankly, she hasn’t given me any indication since that she’s even had a second thought about me.
Niles: Added to which, if Frasier did pursue her and she rejected him, he could hardly rationalise it by saying she doesn’t know what she’s missing. She would know exactly what she’s missing – she just didn’t miss it!

Kelsey Grammar and David Hyde Pierce in the superlative and much decorated Seattle-based sitcom Frasier (1993 – 2004). You can find more examples of how much I love their interactions with a Gr8at here, and memorable Line(s) of the Day here and here.

Reviews and other Features: Sitcoms quiz

As you all will have noticed I really do love to laugh. It really is such a great feeling. Below are 15 of the shows I watched that continually had me in stitches. How many of the 15 sitcoms can you work out? Is there one that make you laugh more than the others? As always, feel free to share your thoughts.

TV show 1 1.

TV show 2 2.

TV show 3 3.

TV show 4 4.

TV show 5 5.

 

TV show 6 6.

TV show 7 7.

TV show 8 8.

TV show 9 9.

TV show 10 10.

TV show 11 11.

TV show 12 12.

TV show 13 13.

TV show 14 14.

TV show 15 15.

 

Answers

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1. Father Ted

2. The Golden Girls

3. Blackadder

4. Yes, Minister

5. Friends

6. Frasier

7. The Inbetweeners

8. Seinfeld

9. The Larry Sanders Show

10. Only Fools and Horses

11. Everybody Loves Ramond

12. Flight of the Conchords

13. Fawlty Towers

14. Scrubs

15. Arrested Development

 

Creative: A Life in the Day

A newspaper I’ve been reading since I was a teenager has always had a back page feature entitled ‘A Life in the Day’; a reverse reference to the famous Beatles song. In it, a celebrity or even an ordinary person will explain a regular day and how that relates to their life. It continues to this day, and a few years ago I bought the 25th Anniversary book. As part of a writing project, I wrote one myself when I was 18. It’s amazing to look back the hopes, dreams and routine of myself over a decade ago. I hope you like it. And no, I still don’t drink tea or coffee.

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Line(s) of the Day #Frasier

Frasier and Niles

Niles: Oh, I don’t like this one bit.
Frasier: Why? What are they doing now?
Niles: No, nothing. I just realised if dad’s eating here this can’t be a very good restaurant.

David Hyde Pierce and Kelsey Grammer in the sitcom Frasier (1993 – 2004)

Gr8at – Hilarious lines from Roz Doyle

Frasier just wouldn’t have been the same without his hilariously down-to-earth producer Roz Doyle. Time then for a Gr8at saluting eight of her funniest lines on one of sitcom’s greatest achievements.

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Frasier: I’m in Cassandra’s hotel room. She invited me up here after dinner. I’m just not sure what it means.
Roz: What it means? What it means is that even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while.

Daphne: If you change the paper towels, he likes the flap facing the front. If you change the bathroom tissue, the flap faces the back, don’t ask me why.
Roz: I don’t know how you live with him.
Daphne: I don’t know how you work with him.
Roz: Well, I have learned a trick. When he’s really bugging me, I ask him if he hasn’t lost a little weight. Before you know if, he’s checking his butt out in the glass of the candy machine.
Daphne: Really? I tell him he’s gained weight. He skips dinner, sulks in his room, and I have the whole evening to myself.

Roz: [answers phone] Hello?
Frasier: Roz, it’s Frasier. Look, I need your help.
Roz: Well, I don’t have much time, I’m on my way out.
Frasier: OK, just answer me this: How do you know if you’re on a date?
Roz: Are you alone?
Frasier: Yes.
Roz: Then you’re not on a date.

Frasier: Roz, why is it every time I attempt to have a serious discussion we always end up talking about your sex life?
Roz: Because I have one.

Frasier: And to think I was going to offer you these basketball tickets.
Roz: Well, can’t use ’em anyway. I have a date with this French guy.
Frasier: So that’s it, huh? No Americans left.

Roz: I can’t work with a guy that handsome…! No offense.
Frasier: Oh, none taken. Granted, when it comes to looks, Dr. Webber and I aren’t in the same…
Roz: Species?
Frasier: Well, I was going to say “league,” but “species” is so much more insulting.

Roz : Oh, my God. You have two women?
Frasier: At least.
Roz: And you’re juggling them? And you’re getting jewelry?
Frasier: Why is that so hard to believe?
Roz: Well, I guess since they cloned that sheep, anything’s possible.

Roz: You’ll be happy to know that Clarence is doing a lot better. I just dropped his card off.
Frasier: Clarence?
Roz: Yeah, Clarence the guard.
Frasier: Oh, down at the station, Clarence, oh yes, good. I didn’t know he was sick.
Roz: You signed his get-well card.
Frasier: You mean that wasn’t a birthday card?
Roz: No, he’s in the hospital having a kidney transplant.
Frasier: Oh my God, I thought it was his birthday! I wrote, “Dear Clarence, you’re not getting older, you’re just getting closer to death”!