Frasier tries to direct an old-time radio drama for KACL, but his over-directing turns the show into a complete disaster - just as Niles predicted.



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Mel White


On KACL's 50th anniversary, Frasier is assigned the task of directing an old Agatha Christie-like radio drama, "Nightmare Inn". Unfortunately, very much like Niles predicts, the performance takes a disastrous turn when Roz's mouth is Novacained, Bulldog gets stage fright, a monologue from Gil's role is cut out and Niles needs to replace the actor portraying six different accents. Written by J. Rieper

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22 April 1997 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Mel White, the name of the actor hired to perform in Frasier's radio play, is a reference to legendary voice actor Mel Blanc ("blanc" being the French word for white). White is described as "the man of a thousand voices," an epithet usually associated with Blanc. See more »


In 'Ham Radio' Niles inhales the gas from a balloon to voice the high pitched "Pepo the Dwarf" character. This would indicate the balloons were filled with helium, yet the rest of the balloons sit unrestrained in a tray, without floating away. See more »


Frasier: Bulldog, where's Maxine?
Bulldog Briscoe: Oh, she's home with food poisoning. Its nothing serious. I think she just wrestled into bad jello.
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Crazy Credits

When the title "Frasier" (in purple letters) and the usual silhouette of Seattle are on screen, a rain cloud that starts to emit rain appears in the sky. See more »


Featured in Frasier: Analyzing the Laughter (2004) See more »


Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs
Written by Bruce Miller and Darryl Phinnessee
Performed by Kelsey Grammer
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Utilises all the elements of traditional farce to brilliant effect
11 October 2010 | by (Clydebank, Scotland) – See all my reviews

While not one of the more innovative or original episodes, "Ham Radio" has to stand as one of my all time favourite episodes not only of "Frasier" but probably of any series. Containing some of the more traditional elements of farce they are utilised to such great effect in a story using the very simplistic premise of Kelsey Grammar's titular protagonist attempting to celebrate a major milestone in the radio stations history. This is to be achieved by recreating a hammy radio murder mystery play with staff members playing each role.

What marks this out in it's brilliance is not only the always top notch performances and the inspired hilarity that ensures but they manage to pull off such farcical comedy in a relatively small, compact running time and to such great effect. Everyone is practically flawless and is given their own individual intricate comical moments but for me David Hyde Pierce and Edward Hibbert who plays the stations camp, upper-crust Chef are just given that bit more edge in the hilarity stakes. What makes it all the more amusing is that Niles has been more or less thrown in the deep end and that is just the beginning of what he has to contend with. But to say any more more would be to give too much away, I defy practically anyone not to be wiping away the tears by the end of this episode. If you ever loved "Fawlty Towers" then chances are you will love this.

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