I am watching the final season of Just Shoot Me in syndication, and though the Rena Sofer/“Vicki” character added to the main cast bogged down an otherwise decent sitcom, I am incredibly impressed by the “Simon Leeds” character played by Simon Templeman. He is one of the funniest characters I have ever seen on a sitcom.
The setup is that he is an aging British rock legend (I think he is a takeoff of Mick Jagger) who begins dating Nina.
But he has done so many drugs and had so much booze that he comes off as an affectionate space-case. Watching him and Nina grow in their first truly mature relationship is kinda funny and sweet at the same time.
I wish the show had been renewed so he could have been given a more regular spot on the show. I just find the guy hilarious.
I wonder how often after a guest star’s FIRST appearance do they start to dream that they’ll be the next Kelsey Grammer; turning a guest role into a two decade career?
There have been some good ones.
I always liked Tom Selleck’s “Richard” on Friends. Really, Friends had a lot of decent recurring characters (Paul Rudd, Elliot Gould, and Christina Pickle). Often times, the recurring characters were better than the stars.
I’d mention Newman from Seinfeld, but he was more of a “featured” character than a guest star. YMMV.
So who else has had a recurring guest role on a sitcom that you just found hilarious or interesting?