After recalling how she felt about sitcoms going into “Frasier” 2023, Jess Salgueiro went on to explain to The Star how the challenge of live performance helped change her mind:
“I don’t think of myself as a comedian and I had to go make people laugh. The audience is right there. You’re getting the feedback immediately, right? If you don’t make them laugh, you feel it. The silence is painful. So that pressure alone was what made it really hard.”
“Frasier” isn’t Salguerio’s first time on a comedy show, however, as she previously appeared on the beloved Canadian comedy, “Letterkenny,” albeit a show with a very different format for comedy TV. The actor went on to say that she “loves comedy,” and seems like she not only developed an appreciation for the sitcom craft but for how these shows resonate with audiences, adding:
“I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, we get to go to work, make people laugh, make people smile.’ In this case (‘Frasier’), make people nostalgic, maybe feel comforted. I have the best job in the world … it made me kind of fall more in love with comedy and made me way less, I guess, judgmental.”
It’s also worth remembering that far from just making people laugh, or even comforting audiences, “Frasier” itself was genuinely affecting at times. The show was just as much about heart as it was humor, and there were numerous moments throughout the original series that transcended the situational comedy to become remarkably poignant — especially whenever John Mahoney got to display his acting chops.
Let’s hope if there is a season 2 of “Frasier” 2023 (Kelsey Grammer is particularly ambitious on that point), it manages to recapture a little more of that aspect.