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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," sits down in his own New York City apartment (you expected him to leave the couch?) with the Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Joined by co-host and fellow showbiz fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert talks to comics, singers, voice artists, talk show hosts, writers, musicians, show runners and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Paul Shaffer, Marty Allen, Dick Cavett, Billy West, "Godfather" actor Gianni Russo, Joe Franklin, Sara Karloff, illustrator/cartoonist Drew Friedman and many more, as they share their memories of show business then and now (but mostly then).

Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called "a national treasure," sits down in his own New York City apartment (you expected him to leave the couch?) with the Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Joined by co-host and fellow showbiz fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert talks to comics, singers, voice artists, talk show hosts, writers, musicians, show runners and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Paul Shaffer, Marty Allen, Dick Cavett, Billy West, "Godfather" actor Gianni Russo, Joe Franklin, Sara Karloff, illustrator/cartoonist Drew Friedman and many more, as they share their memories of show business then and now (but mostly then).
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United States

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Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called "a national treasure," sits down in his own New York City apartment (you expected him to leave the couch?) with the Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Joined by co-host and fellow showbiz fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert talks to comics, singers, voice artists, talk show hosts, writers, musicians, show runners and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Paul Shaffer, Marty Allen, Dick Cavett, Billy West, "Godfather" actor Gianni Russo, Joe Franklin, Sara Karloff, illustrator/cartoonist Drew Friedman and many more, as they share their memories of show business then and now (but mostly then).

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English


Episodes

#242 Joel Grey

1/14/2019
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Oscar and Tony-winning actor Joel Grey drops by the studio to have a bit of fun at the co-hosts' expense, to share amusing anecdotes about Bob Fosse, Buck Henry, Larry Hagman and Lana Turner and to discuss his new Yiddish language version of "Fiddler on the Roof." Also, Rita Hayworth breaks hearts, Pat McCormick plays Grover Cleveland, Gilbert pulls out his George Jessel impression and Joel shares the stage with the late, great Eddie Cantor. PLUS: "Man on a Swing"! Loving Jack Gilford! (and...

Duration:01:23:17

#241 Dick Cavett

1/7/2019
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Gilbert and Frank kick off 2019 by welcoming back the legendary Dick Cavett, who shares delightful anecdotes about Jack Benny, Stan Laurel, Truman Capote and Walter Winchell (among others) and looks back on memorable interviews with Orson Welles, John Lennon, Frank Capra, George Harrison and Laurence Olivier. Also, Peter Lorre fails an audition, Lily Tomlin storms off the stage, Bob Hope comes to Lincoln, Nebraska and Jack Paar sabotages "Fat Jack" Leonard. PLUS: Oskar Homolka! "Chuckles...

Duration:01:58:27

#240 Sandy Hackett

12/31/2018
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Producer, actor and comedian Sandy Hackett reminisces about his legendary dad Buddy Hackett, shares his memories of mob-run Las Vegas and looks back on personal experiences with Joey Bishop, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (to name a few). Also, Sandy guests on "Laugh-In," Bert Lahr pitches potato chips, Jimmy Durante "kicks the bucket" and Buddy and Hugh O'Brian fill in for Abbott and Costello. PLUS: Spike Jones! Spencer Tracy's last stand! Pat Morita bends the elbow! Albert...

Duration:01:06:43

#239 Christmas Spectacular with Mario Cantone

12/24/2018
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate the holidays (once again) with actor-comedian Mario Cantone, who weighs in on a stocking full of essential topics, including the fearlessness of Mae West, the tortured genius of Judy Garland, the most unappreciated Rankin-Bass special and the recent "Rudolph" and "Baby, it's Cold Outside" controversies. Also, Leslie Nielsen tackles Mr. Magoo, Shelley Winters scales a Christmas tree, Marlon Brando hops a ride with Michael Jackson and Frosty pals around with John...

Duration:01:27:02

#238 Micky Dolenz

12/17/2018
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Singer, actor and pop culture icon Micky Dolenz returns to the podcast and holds court on a range of topics, including the early days of live television, the tense relationship between the Monkees and Don Kirshner, the lasting influence of "Head" and the secret origin of the infamous Hollywood Vampires. Also, Gilbert rides an elephant, Alice Cooper builds a catapult, Lon Chaney Jr. moves in next door and Howard Hughes scouts talent in the men's room. PLUS: Rondo "The Brute Man" Hatton!...

Duration:01:36:25

#237 Diane Ladd

12/10/2018
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Oscar-nominated actress Diane Ladd pays a visit to the studio to talk about her favorite movie directors, her days as a "Copa Girl," the importance of homegrown film production and the joys of collaborating with daughter Laura Dern and ex-husband Bruce Dern. Also, Barbara Stanwyck sends flowers, John Carradine opens doors, Robert Duvall turns on the charm and Diane drops by the set of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." PLUS: Making "Chinatown"! Celebrating Roger Corman! The genius of...

Duration:01:29:42

#236 Alan Alda

12/3/2018
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Gilbert and Frank welcome a sought-after guest, writer-director-actor Alan Alda, who discusses (among other topics) growing up in Burlesque theaters, working with his father Robert Alda, coping with the pressures of sudden fame and learning to live life "in the moment." Also, Buster Keaton does a backflip, Mickey Rooney "hails a cab," Sarah Silverman forms an unlikely friendship and Alan remembers M*A*S*H colleagues Harry Morgan, Wayne Rogers and McLean Stevenson. PLUS: The Great Blackstone!...

Duration:01:45:08

#235 Howie Mandel

11/26/2018
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Comedian, actor and TV personality Howie Mandel returns to the podcast and weighs in on a host of fascinating (and timely) subjects, including free speech, political incorrectness, social media's impact on comedy and the connection between obsessive behavior and performing. Also, comic John Mendoza sits in, Edward G. Robinson gets paid, Gilbert invades the Carnegie Deli and Howie teams with screen legends Blake Edwards and Melvin Frank. PLUS: Norman Lloyd! "The Big Sick"! Johnny Carson hosts...

Duration:01:30:39

#234 Leonard Maltin Returns

11/19/2018
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back author, film critic and Hollywood historian Leonard Maltin, who shares his expertise on a number of topics, including the death of fanzines, the disappearance of movie theaters, the charm of "The Maltese Falcon" (both versions) and the appeal of New York-set films of the 1970s. Also, Zeppo breaks up the act, Laurel and Hardy bring down the house, Steve Allen plays Benny Goodman and Gilbert and Leonard remember their dear friend James Karen. PLUS: Keefe...

Duration:01:39:52

#233 Ken Levine

11/12/2018
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Emmy-winning comedy writer-director-producer Ken Levine ("M*A*S*H," "Cheers," "Frasier," "The Simpsons") joins Gilbert and Frank for a captivating conversation about the golden age of Top 40 radio, the genius of Vin Scully (and Larry Gelbart), the legacy of Bob and Ray and the importance of preserving showbiz history. Also, Tony Randall plays wingman, Traci Lords teaches comedy, Cliff Clavin meets Johnny Carson and Ken fulfills his dream of becoming a professional baseball announcer. PLUS:...

Duration:01:39:20

#232 David Fantle and Tom Johnson

11/5/2018
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Gilbert and Frank welcome authors-journalists David Fantle and Tom Johnson, who discuss their compelling book of celebrity interviews, "Hollywood Heyday," and recall their (often hilarious) adventures with Fred Astaire, George Burns, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Zeppo Marx, Mickey Rooney and Rod Steiger (to name a few). Also, Milton Berle works blue, Jerry Lewis skips town, Jack Carter disses Johnny Carson and Frank Capra sees the Mississippi River. PLUS: Jules White loads his gun! Uncle Fester...

Duration:01:33:48

#231 Tom Holland

10/29/2018
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate Halloween 2018 by welcoming Master of Horror Tom Holland ("Fright Night," "Child's Play," "Psycho II") for a lively conversation about everything from the influence of EC Comics to the sexlessness of vampires to the collapse of the Hollywood studio system. Also, Christopher Lee hams it up, Anthony Perkins plays "The Movie Game," Tom pays homage to Abbott and Costello and "Trilogy of Terror" inspires "Child's Play." PLUS: "The Beast Within"! The cinema of Tobe...

Duration:01:31:04

#230 Peter Bonerz

10/22/2018
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Actor and director Peter Bonerz shares his views on the state of television comedy, the pros and cons of laugh tracks and the rights and wrongs of improvisational theater and looks back on his decades-long friendships with Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette. Also, Redd Foxx changes his tune, Carroll O'Connor cashes a check, Woody Allen brings down the house and Peter directs Gilbert in an episode of "Wings." PLUS: Rod Serling! Captain Kangaroo! The wit and wisdom of Buck Henry! Murphy Brown...

Duration:01:30:39

#229 Ron Friedman

10/15/2018
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In one of their funniest episodes out of 200+, Gilbert and Frank chat with veteran comedy writer Ron Friedman ("Get Smart," "The Odd Couple," "All in the Family") who worked with everyone from Lucille Ball to Milton Berle to Danny Kaye to Orson Welles and has the war stories to show for it. Also, Herve Villechaize packs a rod, Sammy Davis meets Charlie's Angels, Ron writes "Murder Can Hurt You!" and Pat McCormick takes a..."dip" in Jonathan Winters' pool. PLUS: Vaughn Meader! Stump and...

Duration:01:28:54

#228 Allan Arkush

10/8/2018
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Emmy-winning director and producer Allan Arkush entertains Gilbert and Frank with tales of working at the late, great Fillmore East, crossing paths with Ol' Blue Eyes (and Groucho!) apprenticing for the legendary Roger Corman and directing the cult classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Also, Jackie Mason fails to connect, Malcolm McDowell talks to his crotch, Bruce Willis locks horns with Cybill Shepherd and "A Hard Day's Night" changes Allan's life forever. PLUS: P.J. Soles! "The Girl Can't...

Duration:01:52:45

#227 Paul Feig

10/1/2018
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Director, writer and actor Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "Ghostbusters," A Simple Favor") drops by the studio to share his thoughts on an eclectic mix of topics, including the appeal of "cringe" comedy, the influence of Mad magazine, the legacy of Charles M. Schulz and the untimely demise of "Freaks and Geeks." Also, Thurston Howell sings the blues, Jim Nabors sings "Ave Maria," George Lazenby tangles with Telly Savalas, and Gilbert introduces Paul to the "Jack Frost" sketch. PLUS: Serge...

Duration:01:11:44

#226 Rosanna Arquette

9/24/2018
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by actress and director Rosanna Arquette for an entertaining discussion about the vindictiveness of critics, the pros and cons of autograph shows, the vanishing haunts and hot spots of New York City and Rosanna's personal encounters with everyone from Bette Davis to Paul McCartney to Martin Luther King. Also, Bob Dylan goes electric, Martin Scorsese stifles a laugh, Johnny Carson rocks a tennis outfit and Rosanna shares the screen with the late, great David...

Duration:01:45:46

#225 Alan Zweibel

9/17/2018
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Emmy-winning comedy writer and Thurber Prize-winning author Alan Zweibel returns to discuss (among other topics) the evolution of "SaturdayNight Live," the genius of Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon and the 2018 documentaries about his longtime friends and collaborators, Gilda Radnerand Garry Shandling. Also, Jay Leno offers sage advice, Buck Henry makes a bad investment, Gilbert makes like Willy Loman and LorneMichaels locks horns with Uncle Miltie. PLUS: Praising Kate McKinnon! Remembering...

Duration:02:00:30

#224 Ron Delsener

9/10/2018
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Legendary concert promoter Ron Delsener regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about growing up in the era of Automats and bowling pin boys, his early days as a promoter of live events, inventing the free concert in Central Park and working with Woody Allen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce and The Beatles. Also, Arthur Godfrey lusts after Haleloke, Bruce Springsteen "opens" for Anne Murray, Ol' Blue Eyes boots Jimmy Roselli out of Vegas and Ron presents Groucho at Carnegie Hall. PLUS:...

Duration:01:32:36

#223 Jonathan Lynn

9/3/2018
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Gilbert and Frank welcome actor-writer-director Jonathan Lynn, who weighs in on a number of topics, including his collaborations with Jerome Robbins and Tennessee Williams, sharing the stage with future Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman and the challenges of directing the cult/classic comedies "Clue" and "My Cousin Vinny." Also, Ed Sullivan loses his cool, Zero Mostel cracks wise, Steve Martin takes a crack at "Bilko" and Jonathan fights (and wins) for Marisa Tomei. Plus: Fred Gwynne!...

Duration:01:39:34