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Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

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Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called “a national treasure,” talks with the show business legends, icons and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Along with co-host and fellow pop culture fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert is joined by comics, actors, musicians, talk show hosts, writers and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Bruce Dern, Chevy Chase, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Adam West, Steve Buscemi, Micky Dolenz, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow and DOZENS more, for a funny, frenetic, fly-on-the-wall look at showbiz then and now (but mostly then.) Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast was named "Best Podcast of 2015" by the Village Voice and one of iTunes' "Best of 2014." It has been featured in Rolling Stone, Wired and the Los Angeles Times.

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Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called “a national treasure,” talks with the show business legends, icons and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Along with co-host and fellow pop culture fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert is joined by comics, actors, musicians, talk show hosts, writers and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Bruce Dern, Chevy Chase, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Adam West, Steve Buscemi, Micky Dolenz, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow and DOZENS more, for a funny, frenetic, fly-on-the-wall look at showbiz then and now (but mostly then.) Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast was named "Best Podcast of 2015" by the Village Voice and one of iTunes' "Best of 2014." It has been featured in Rolling Stone, Wired and the Los Angeles Times.

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English


Episodes
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Larry Cohen Encore

7/15/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday (July 15) of one of Gilbert and Frank's favorite guests, legendary cult filmmaker Larry Cohen (“It’s Alive,” “The Stuff,” “Hell Up in Harlem”) with this ENCORE of a highly amusing interview from 2018. In this episode, Larry talks about his early days as a standup, his friendship with Alfred Hitchcock, the risks and rewards of “guerrilla moviemaking” and the documentary about his life and career, “King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen.” Also, Chuck Connors blows the whistle, Robert De Niro dons a yarmulke, Bette Davis stages a “comeback” and John Belushi babysits Broderick Crawford. PLUS: Revisiting “Coronet Blue”! John Wayne throws out the script! The Coen Brothers pay “tribute” to “Branded”! And Larry remembers the legendary Samuel Z. Arkoff! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:24:30

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GGACP Classic: Billy West Returns

7/11/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of unpopular Stooge "Curly Joe" DeRita (b. July 12, 1909) by revisiting this hilarious interview with comedian, voice actor and Three Stooges expert Billy West. In this episode, Billy discusses bad sight gags, one-joke comedians, the legend of “Grandpa” Al Lewis, the genius of Frank Welker and the magnificence of the Buddy Rich and Paul Anka rants. Also, Larry Fine plays Stanley Kowalski, Lou Jacobi inspires Dr. Zoidberg, Jay Leno messes with James Mason’s head and Jerry Lewis meets SpongeBob SquarePants. PLUS: The Mad Russian! Peg Leg Bates! Dueling Peter Lorres! Ren & Stimpy turn 30! The brilliance of Larry Storch! And the triumphant return of the Jackie puppet! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:48:16

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Jim Gaffigan Encore

7/8/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor and comedian Jim Gaffigan (b. July 7) with this ENCORE of an interview from 2015. In this episode, Jim joins Gilbert and Frank at the famed New York Friar’s Club to weigh in on subjects ranging from the lost art of “ethnic comedy” to the healing powers of stand-up to the caste system of the entertainment business. Also, Jim “opens” for the Pope, treads the boards with Jackie Gleason’s grandson, struggles to capture Manhattan on film and writes ad copy for Downy and Hardee’s. PLUS: Myron Cohen! The hunchback makes out! The comedy of Nat Hiken! The genius of Cloris Leachman! And the “biggest Goy in the world”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:20:43

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GGACP Classic: Griffin Dunne

7/4/2024
GGACP celebrates the recent release of actor-producer Griffin Dunne's book, "The Friday Afternoon Club: A Family Memoir" by revisiting this memorable interview from 2019. In this episode, Griffin talks about blending horror and comedy, teaming with Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet, the cynical cinema of Billy Wilder and the lives (and work) of Joan Didion and Dominick Dunne. Also, Jerry Lewis adapts Gore Vidal, Otto Preminger takes a bad trip, Griffin sneaks onto the set of “Gilligan’s Island” and Tim Burton (almost) directs “After Hours.” PLUS: Howdy Doody! “Who’s That Girl”! “The Panic in Needle Park”! The genius of Harry Nilsson! And the artistry of GGACP guest Rick Baker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:28:07

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Jamie Farr Encore

7/1/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of veteran character actor Jamie Farr (b. July 1) with this ENCORE presentation of an entertaining interview from 2017. In this episode, Jamie looks back on 60+ years of showbiz memories, including sharing the big and small screen with legends Bob Hope, Doris Day, Sidney Poitier, Danny Kaye and Ed Wynn. Also, Jamie tours with Red Skelton, takes a class with Clint Eastwood, runs afoul of Joey Bishop and borrows a frock from Ginger Rogers. PLUS: “Murder Can Hurt You”! “Who’s Minding the Mint?”! The mad genius of Chuck Barris! Lenny Bruce inspires Klinger! And the greatest prime-time lineup in TV history! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:26:19

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GGACP Classic: Charles Fox

6/27/2024
GGACP celebrates the recent release of the musical documentary "Killing Me Softly with His Songs" (now streaming) by revisiting this memorable interview with Grammy and Emmy winner Charles Fox. In this episode, Charles looks back on a six-decade career of writing top 40 hits as well as themes for TV shows (“Happy Days,” “Wonder Woman,” "The Love Boat"), feature films (“Barbarella,” “9 to 5”) and game shows (“Match Game,” “What’s My Line?”). Also, Charles teams with Barry Manilow, pens a tune for Burt Reynolds, witnesses the Ed Ames tomahawk incident and remembers friends Neal Hefti, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini. PLUS: “Love, American Style”! The Charles Fox Singers! The inventiveness of Ernie Kovacs! Gilbert sings the soundtrack from “Zapped!” And the boys pay loving tribute to Paul Williams! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:35:13

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Michele Lee Encore

6/24/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Tony and Emmy-nominated actress-singer Michele Lee (b. June 24) with this ENCORE of a memorable interview from 2021. In this episode, Michele looks back at her seven-decade career in television (“Knots Landing”), movies (“The Comic,” “The Love Bug”) and on the Broadway stage (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" and remembers the bawdiness of Red Skelton, the naughtiness of Buddy Hackett, the courageousness of Don Rickles and the flirtatiousness of Frank Sinatra. Also, Michele cuts the rug with Fred Astaire, treads the boards with Robert Morse, takes directing tips from Jerry Lewis and plays Lou Costello’s wife in the infamous “Bud and Lou.” PLUS: “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery”! “Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story”! In praise of Dick Van Dyke! And Michele shares the screen with Liberace, Danny Kaye and Sammy Davis Jr! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:44:23

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GGACP Classic: “Twilight Zone” 60th Anniversary Panel with Gary Gerani, Nick Parisi and Anne Serling

6/20/2024
GGACP marks the 60th anniversary of the FINAL episode of CBS' “The Twilight Zone” (aired June 19, 1964) by revisiting this panel discussion from 2019, featuring author-historian Gary Gerani, Rod Serling Memorial Foundation founder Nick Parisi and Rod Serling’s daughter Anne Serling. In this episode, the panel looks back at one of the most groundbreaking and influential programs in television history — and the visionary behind it. Also: Desi Arnaz leads the way, Ray Bradbury lends a hand, Richard Matheson joins the team and Anne reveals her dad’s favorite Twilight Zone actors. PLUS: “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery”! The brilliance of Bernard Herrmann (and Jerry Goldsmith)! Gilbert sends up Ed Wynn! And the panel picks their most underrated TZ episodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:31:37

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The Last Detail And The Parallax View Encore

6/17/2024
GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary (released June 14, 1974) of Alan Pakula's classic paranoia thriller "The Parallax View" (also featuring podcast guest Paula Prentiss) with this ENCORE of a conversation and critical analysis from 2015. In this episode: Warren Beatty takes on the Warren Commission! Billy (“you can call me ‘Ray'”) Saluga “joins” the cast of SNL! The enigma of Randy Quaid! And Gilbert sings the praises of "The Last Detail"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:20:20

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Malcolm McDowell Part 2

6/13/2024
GGACP continues its celebration of the birthday of actor and raconteur Malcolm McDowell (b. June 13) by revisiting PART TWO of a memorable two-part episode from 2020. In this episode, Malcolm talks about the art and design of "A Clockwork Orange," the troubled history of "Caligula," the awkward truth about H.G. Wells and the lives and careers of screen legends John Gielgud, James Mason, Peter O'Toole and Robert Shaw. Also, Anthony Quinn grunts, Gene Kelly turns a cold shoulder, Albert Finney turns down "Lawrence of Arabia" and Malcolm rids the world of Captain Kirk. PLUS: J. Lee Thompson! Gore Vidal pulls out! Christopher Lee wigs out! The improvisational talents of Peter Sellers! And Malcolm remembers his mentor Lindsay Anderson! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:01:08

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Malcolm McDowell Part 1

6/10/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (b. June 13) with this ENCORE of the first part of an unforgettable 2-part episode from 2020. In this installment, Malcolm weighs in on a number of essential topics, including the birth of the Beatles, the eccentricities of Stanley Kubrick, the intensity of James Cagney and the “friendship” of Danny Kaye and Laurence Olivier. Also, John Lennon has a laugh, Ian Holm holds a grudge, Mick Jagger considers “A Clockwork Orange” and Gilbert and Malcolm send up Jack the Ripper. PLUS: The Liverpool Stomp! The generosity of Albert Finney! The comedy of Derek and Clive! And Malcolm performs a “phallic monologue”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:09

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GGACP Classic: Dick Cavett

6/6/2024
GGACP celebrates ten (10!) years since its debut on June 1, 2014 by revisiting the very first episode of the podcast, featuring a memorable interview with comedian, author and talk show legend Dick Cavett. In this episode, Dick shares personal stories about Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon and Groucho Marx (among others) and talks about the time a guest dropped dead on his set (yes, it happened). Also, Dick recalls writing for Jack Paar and Jerry Lewis and favors Gilbert and Frank with uncanny impressions of obscure character actors. PLUS: "Rashomon: The Sitcom"! The genius of Sid Caesar! The tragedy of Erin Fleming! Tarzan moves in! Dick plays The Bitter End! And Frank Nelson gets mistaken for Gale Gordon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:05:10

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Mario Cantone Encore

6/3/2024
GGACP celebrates the beginning of Pride Month by presenting this ENCORE of a "special quarantine podcast" from 2020, featuring actor, singer, comedian and friend of the show Mario Cantone. In this episode, Mario joins Gil and Frank for a highly amusing conversation about teen idols, classic game shows, favorite Hitchcock flicks, the versatility of Jack Lemmon and the difference between impressionists and comedian-impressionists. Also, “Mildred Pierce” turns 75, Julia Child fillets the Little Mermaid, Mario hops a flight with Kathleen Turner and Gilbert guest-stars in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” PLUS: “Burnt Offerings”! The musical stylings of Jerry Dixon! The Ramones visit “Steampipe Alley”! And “Aladdin Meets the Harlem Globetrotters”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:35:41

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GGACP Classic: Tales of Hollywood with Sandy Helberg

5/30/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of veteran character actor and friend of the podcast Sandy Helberg (born May 28) by revisiting this wide-ranging and wildly amusing interview from 2019. In this episode, Sandy regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about Groucho Marx, Freddy Mercury, Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra and Ringo Starr and shares memories of appearing in "High Anxiety," "Spaceballs" and "History of the World." Also, Broderick Crawford hits the sauce, Humphrey Bogart patrols the coast, Art Metrano plays Leonardo da Vinci and Jerry Van Dyke (sort of) foils a holdup. PLUS: The genius of Lorenzo Music! Albert Einstein on ice! “Terror in the Wax Museum”! And Gilbert and Sandy co-star in “Meet Wally Sparks”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:48:47

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Lee Meriwether & Julie Newmar Encore

5/27/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy-nominated actress Lee Meriwether (b. May 27) with this ENCORE of a rare two-part installment featuring not one, but TWO of the actresses to play Catwoman during the run of the classic 1966 “Batman” series (along with Julie Newmar). In these episodes: Lee looks back on her reign as Miss America, impersonates Ed Wynn and threatens (promises?) to discipline Gilbert. Next up, Julie reminisces about working with everyone from Michael Rennie to Chad & Jeremy and favors us with her favorite Catwoman catchphrase. Also, Julie feuds with Jim Belushi, Lee hops a flight with J. Fred Muggs and Buddy Ebsen runs afoul of Shirley Temple. PLUS: “The Eddie Cantor Story”! The return of Billy Barty! Gilbert channels Sydney Greenstreet! And the ongoing mystery of Cesar Romero! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:33:18

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GGACP Classic: Ron Dante

5/23/2024
GGACP celebrates the 55th anniversary of one of the most successful pop tunes of all time, the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" (released May 24, 1969) by revisiting this 2017 interview with vocalist, record producer and Archies lead singer Ron Dante. In this episode, Ron joins Gilbert and Frank for an engaging conversation about the history of the legendary Brill Building, the birth of bubblegum music, the magic touch of Don Kirshner (and Barry Manilow) and the lost art of commercial jingles. Also, Ron mimics Donovan, Larry Fine throws in the towel, Paul Shaffer goes deep-sea fishing and Carole King’s babysitter tops the charts. PLUS: “Leader of the Laundromat”! The fabulous Toni Wine! The 1910 Fruitgum Company! “The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan”! And the return of “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:26:40

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Alan Zweibel Encore

5/20/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy award-winning writer and friend of the podcast Alan Zweibel (b. May 20) by presenting this ENCORE of an interview from 2015. In this episode, Alan talks about penning jokes for Catskills comics, contributing to the glory days of “Saturday Night Live," co-creating the groundbreaking “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and collaborating with everyone from Gilda Radner to Rob Reiner to Billy Crystal. Also: Alan heckles Larry David, “borrows from” Paul Simon, turns down “Hollywood Squares” and inspires a classic “Seinfeld” episode. PLUS: Totie Fields! Christopher Lee! The subversiveness of “Duck Soup”! Uncle Miltie gets banned! And Gilbert tries (unsuccessfully) to follow The Beatles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:37:54

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GGACP Classic: Bob Burns

5/16/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor, film historian, memorabilia collector and “Monster Kid” Bob Burns by revisiting this wide-ranging interview from 2017. In this episode, Bob regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about meeting Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, George Pal and William Castle, among others. Also, Bob mentors Rick Baker, tours with Eddie Munster, brings Lon Chaney Jr. to tears and visits the set of “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” PLUS: “Shock Theater”! Ray “Crash” Corrigan! “Invasion of the Saucer Men”! Tor Johnson goes to the movies! And Bob confirms the “legend” of Forrest Tucker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:36:14

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Roger Corman Encore

5/13/2024
GGACP salutes the life and career of the late, legendary producer-director Roger Corman by presenting this ENCORE of a memorable interview from back in 2014. In this episode, Roger recalls meeting longtime friend and collaborator Jack Nicholson, reveals the reason the Hell’s Angels threatened to murder him and explains why “a monster should always be bigger than a leading lady.” Also, Roger works with Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper and Charles Bronson and helps launch the directing careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich (among others). PLUS: “The Beast with (not quite) a Million Eyes”! Roger experiments with LSD! Peter Lorre messes with Boris Karloff’s head! And the enduring mystery of “The Terror”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:02:40

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GGACP Classic: Farewell, Mr. Warmth

5/9/2024
GGACP celebrates the birthday of legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles (b. May 8, 1926) by revisiting this tribute mini-ep from 2017. In this episode: “The Pride and the Passion”! "X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes"! Rickles and Newhart see the world! Don zings the commander in chief! Fambino Bambazzo buys the farm! And Gilbert reboots "C.P.O. Sharkey"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:38:50