Saturday, April 28, 2007

Michael Keaton on Frasier

David Isaacs and I wrote the FRASIER episode where Michael Keaton guested as Lilith's con artist brother. This time he returns paralyzed, now a Born Again minister. Frasier's not buying it.

11 comments:

Tony said...

I never saw that episode. Wicked funny. So...was he faking?

Tom said...

I have the feeling there was supposed to be some more writing after the video.

Anonymous said...

It was a classic episode. One of my favourites. Didn't realise you were the writer, silly me. But definitely a classic.

Michael Zand said...

Funny, I thought I'd seen every Frasier episode. I don't know how I missed that one.

Loved that show. It was always clever, witty and very funny. Also, was amazed on how many episodes were pure farce. Farce is very hard to pull off without becoming fake or schticky but somehow Frasier always rose to the occasion.

On a side note, Joe Keenan who was one of the other writer/producers wrote two of the laugh out loud, funniest novels I've ever read. They are: "Blue Heaven" and "Putting On The Ritz." I believe those books got him the gig on Frasier. I highly recommend them for anyone who enjoys huge belly laughs.

Mike Barer said...

Frazier shot one episode actually in Seattle. David Hyde Pierce was very considerate and signed an autograph for me even though they were working on a scene. I will always appreciate him for that.

la guy said...

"Didn't realise you were the writer, silly me."

It could be my lack of reading comprehension skills, but I don't think Ken is saying he and his partner wrote this episode, only that they wrote the episode "Wheels of Fortune", from which the character Blaine Sternin originated. But I could be totally wrong... and I don't doubt that if Ken didn't write this episode that it would have been even funnier if he had. Unless of course he did write it, in which case I owe everyone a minute of their lives back.

Interestingly the IMDB cast list of every Frasier only has Keaton listed on the episode Ken and David Isaacs wrote.

Stratman said...

I don't know where you got that idea from, la guy, you've confused the hell out of me...

He and David definitely wrote the episode, btw.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

Michael Z, Joe even wrote a sequel when Frasier was finished. It's called My Lucky Star. He had plotted the novel in the breaks between seasons on Frasier and his other shows. It has the same characters and everyone was very disappointed that it didn't take him out of his original 'homosexual audience' when a snippy New York Times review said the novel read as if it needed a laugh track.

Michael Zand said...

Thanks for the tip on Joe Keenan's last novel, Ger. I'll try to find it.

Anonymous said...

Frasier taking off his watch was classic. They are a godless bunch, but really, would we have it any other way?

Stacey

Anonymous said...

Frasier and clan go to his service at the hotel,I think Daphne put up the $1000.00 bucks. Frasier cant stand the show and goes on stage and drags him out of his wheel chair, and then while on stage, receives a phone call from a doctor he has been trying to reach to verify Michael Keatons condition, gets a sick look on his face, and (cant remember exactly) calls for audience help to "get this poor man some help". Might even give him some money. Show ends up pack at Frasiers apt where he is Frasier like apologetic, and Keaton leaves in his chair, and something clicks with Frasier that makes him believe again that Keaton is a fraud, so he runs to the door, swings it open only to find an EMPTY wheel chair. Hilarious. At least that is how I remember it happening. dp