Holy moley! I’m not the only one to have noticed this after all! In the very first “Gecko” commercial the voice was exactly like Kelsey Grammer’s, so I naturally just assumed that’s who it was. In the later commercials, though, the gecko has a weird Australian twang. It sounds like a totally different guy! Then they even went back and redubbed the first commercial with the same Aussie accent. I once did a search to find out what the story was, but to no avail; evidently a bloke named Dave Kelly is credited with doing the gecko voice. I wonder if they actually did hire Kelsey Grammer to do the first one, then when the commercial hit big, he wanted too much money to continue the voice. Or perhaps the first voice was considered an uncredited impersonation of Grammer, and changed for legal reasons. I’d like to know what was going on there.
Don’t get the idea that I spend all my time tracking down info on company mascots, though; I happened to notice these commercials because I work at a zoo, and I’m here to tell you that before these ads, not one person in a hundred could recognize a gecko. Now whenever we bring the leopard geckos out, every single person jokes about car insurance.