Frasier: Listen, Niles, I’d like you to do my show for me for the week I’m gone.
Niles: Me, standing in for you? I’m sorry, Frasier, I couldn’t presume to fill those big floppy red shoes of yours.”
The conversation in which these lines take place is from the fifth episode of Frasier’s fourth season.
That season ran from 1996 to 1997.
In 1997, The Simpsons introduced Sideshow Bob’s brother, Cecil. Cecil envies Bob’s success on Krusty the Clown’s television show, while Niles’ facetious remark is consistent with his negative view of his own brother’s radio career.
Kelsey Grammer and David Hyde Pierce play both sets of brothers.
Grammer is Frasier and Bob in each character’s respective series, while Pierce is Niles and Cecil.
Sideshow Bob and his brother were based largely on their counterparts on Frasier, but I’d never suspected Frasier of any reciprocal references.
It came as somewhat of a surprise.
These things are just as much fun as the shows themselves.
(And yeah, I know “big floppy red shoes” would typically be taken at face value, to refer to clown shoes in general. By that token, though, the connection could be disqualified on a technical basis by the fact that Sideshow Bob’s shoes are more of an oxblood hue than a true red. Both are members of the same color family. I’m gonna stick with this one.)