John Ratzenberger, best known for his eleven season run as mail man Cliff Claven on the hit 1980s NBC sitcom Cheers, has been tapped for a co-starring role opposite Whitney Cummings in her HBO pilot A Lot.
Based on Maureen Dowd’s book Are Men Necessary? When Sexes Collide, A Lot is described as a “comedic portrait of modern relationships” that follows Amanda (Cummings), a financially successful woman as she navigates a world complicated by the biological and cultural differences between the sexes.
According to Deadline, who first broke the casting news, Ratzenberger will play Gerry, Amanda’s father, who has a stroke-related condition known as “locked-in syndrome”. He is unable to speak and can only communicate by wiggling his toes. This is the latest comedy role for the Cheers actor, who in recent years has appeared on such series as The McCarthys, Franklin & Bash and The Simpsons.
John Ratzenberger is the latest actor to board the cast of A Lot, which received a pilot order at HBO more than a year ago. In addition to Whitney Cummings, who also co-wrote the script with Jenny Bicks, the cast includes Jen Tullock, Brett Goldstein, Lucy Punch and Krystal Smith. The executive producers are Whitney Cummings, Tom Werner, Jimmy Miller, Maureen Dowd. Jeny Bick is the showrunner.