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Chris Elliott cast as Lily's pop on How I Met Your Mother

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 10th 2009 9:38AM
chris_elliott_smilingIt'll be how I met Lily's dad on How I Met Your Mother. Chris Elliott has been cast as Lily's father on the CBS sitcom, a character who is supposedly something of a good-for-nothing parent. Elliott is hilarious and specializes in playing these kind of goofy roles. On Everybody Loves Raymond, for instance, his was Robert's overly familiar brother-in-law, Peter, who liked Ray just a little too much.

On HIMYM, Lily's dad will appear for the upcoming Thanksgiving episode on November 23. According to Michael Ausiello of EW.com, there will be series of flashbacks to illustrate exactly what's what with Lily and her father, why their relationship is "troubled." I'm hoping for more from this casting than Eric Braeden as Robin's dad; they never really used him right.

By the way, HIMYM should really, really bring back Marshall's parents. Bill Fagerbakke and Suzie Plakson were great in the season one Thanksgiving episode when Lily and Marshall visited his family in Minnesota, but they have never reappeared. Not even for the wedding, which was a big mistake if you ask me.

So this Thanksgiving it'll be a Lily family episode. I can't wait. Maybe he can explain why Lily can't be trusted with credit cards.

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I think this is terrible casting. Why does everyone think Elliott is "hilarious"? I've disliked him since way back on Letterman, but more than that, I really don't see why people find him funny. Making a career out of being annoying is not the same thing as making people laugh because you are genuinely funny. Children don't always inherit their parent's talent.

October 10 2009 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Marshall's dad did appear in the episode where Marshall is coaching Lily's school basketball team, and we see where Marshall got his aggressive coaching skills from. But yeah, both parents should have been in the wedding episode. And I can't remember, but did we ever even get a reason for why Lily's dad wasn't at the wedding? or any reference to him throughout the series

October 10 2009 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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