Kelsey Grammer reveals The Simpsons’ Sideshow Bob voice inspiration

Voice actor recalls influence of fan favourite

Kelsey Grammer voices The Simpsons‘ fan-favourite character Sideshow Bob and has revealed the inspiration behind the voice during a recent interview.

Sideshow Bob – full name Dr. Robert “Bob” Underdunk Terwilliger, Jr – first appeared briefly in the episode ‘The Telltale Head’ in 1990.

Speaking on The Graham Norton Show, Grammer recalls how he often visited The Simpsons co-developer Sam Simon on the show’s set. One day, Simon asked Grammer if he could sing the Cole Porter standard ‘Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye’ for the show.


Simon then told Grammer of a character that has been on the show but had never actually said anything – but they wanted him to, finally. Grammer recalls Simon saying. “Can you do it?”

The former Frasier star read the script and loved the “cultured” serial killer Bob — and had the perfect voice in mind to bring him to life.

Last month, Students at Massachusetts’ Tufts University were given some life advice from some familiar voices during their graduation ceremony. The event saw voice actor Hank Azaria bring some of his The Simpsons characters to life during his commencement speech.

You can watch the interview from The Graham Norton Show below.