‘Three’s Company’ Actors Explain Why John Ritter Was ‘Greatest Physical Comedian’ of Their Era in 2012 Interview

by Madison Miller

The on-screen chemistry between the three actors of “Three’s Company” brought a lot of authentic laughter to audiences everywhere.

The original cast of the show included John Ritter, Joyce DeWitt, and Suzanne Somers. Despite certain people leaving the show, there was always a level of unmatchable humor present in that small Santa Monica, California apartment complex.

‘Three’s Company’ Humor

Many of the stars of the show credit John Ritter for helping to make the show as funny and authentic as it was. Unfortunately, Ritter has since passed away in 2013 from an aortic dissection.

In 2012, Suzanne Somers and Joyce Dewitt got together for a “Three’s Company” reunion. The two women talk about their memories and the overall legacy of Ritter. They also explore how Ritter stood out in the world of comedy.

“I think he is the greatest physical comic of our era for sure. I used to watch him and his legs were like made of rubber. The way he would flip over couch,” Somers said.

While some comics strictly rely on jokes, Ritter’s body was a huge part of the humor. A somewhat similar comparison would be how Lucille Ball was known for her exaggerated and hilarious facial expressions.

“His physical response mechanism, he would hear a piece of humor and intuitively his entire body had already responded before anything had come out of his mouth,” Joyce DeWitt.

Ritter had received recognition for his extraordinary acting in the show. He got a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series in 1984. He also won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.

John Ritter on ‘8 Simple Rules’

Although he was best known for his role on “Three’s Company,” one of John Ritter’s last roles was in the sitcom called “8 Simple Rules.”

It starred Ritter, Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson, and Martin Spanjers. Together, they were a middle-class family with teenage kids. It was on from 2002 to 2005.

The show really focused on the relationship between Ritter’s character and his daughters. The mother had started a full-time job as a nurse, so Ritter was at home. He had extremely strict rules regarding his daughters and dating, which is where a lot of the humor on the show came from.

Ritter passed away suddenly in the middle of filming for the second season. He was actually rehearsing for the show when he started to fall ill. The show decided to continue and actually killed off Ritter’s character. James Garner and David Spade then became cast members. They played Cate’s, the mother of the family, father and nephew.