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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.

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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United States

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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.

Language:

English


Episodes

In Memoriam 2020

1/25/2021
Gilbert and Frank are again joined by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael H. Weber for a loving look back at some of the artists and performers who left the stage in 2020, including Carl Reiner, Kirk Douglas, Diana Rigg, Buck Henry, Regis Philbin and Olivia deHavilland. Also in this episode: Sean Connery improvises an iconic line, Fred Silverman makes TV history, Matty Simmons co-founds the National Lampoon and the world bids farewell to Mr. Creosote. PLUS: Burns and Schreiber! Stiller and...

Duration:01:40:48

"Deconstructing the Rat Pack" with Rick Lertzman

1/18/2021
Entertainment historian and bestselling author RICK LERTZMAN ("The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney") discusses his new book, "Deconstructing the Rat Pack: Joey, the Mob, and the Summit" and joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating conversation about the heyday of nightclubs, the glory days of Las Vegas and the cultural impact of Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey and Peter. Also, Uncle Miltie whips it out (again), Sammy Davis blows through a fortune, Pat McCormick tanks "The Joey Bishop Show" and...

Duration:01:42:15

Norman Lear Encore

1/11/2021
Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 50th anniversary of "All in the Family" with an ENCORE presentation of another classic episode, as legendary writer-producer-director NORMAN LEAR holds court on a variety of subjects, including the inscrutability of Dean Martin, the politics (and Jewishness) of Edward G. Robinson, the "inventiveness" of Mickey Rooney and the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen. Also, Norman woos Frank Sinatra, praises John Amos, presents Jerry Lewis with a one-of-a-kind gift and...

Duration:01:21:29

Dave Thomas Encore

1/4/2021
In this repeat of a classic GGACP episode, Gilbert and Frank chat with one of their favorite performers, actor-writer-director DAVE THOMAS, who looks back on his years with Second City (and "SCTV"), his transition to dramatic series writing, his admiration for Bob Hope and his working relationships with Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Tom Poston and Martin Short. Also, Richard Harris gets rough, Buck Henry storms out, Gilbert cuts the rug with John Travolta and Mel Blanc plays Dave's dad. PLUS:...

Duration:01:48:34

BONUS Live from Stereo

1/1/2021
Frank Santopadre is joined by special guest Mario Cantone to answer your questions live from the Stereo App! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:09:42

Celebrating "A Charlie Brown's Christmas"

12/28/2020
To celebrate the 55th anniversary of "A Charlie Brown Christmas," Gilbert and Frank welcome writer-producer Craig Schulz ("The Peanuts Movie") and archivist and author Chip Kidd ("Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz") for a look back at one of the most beloved and innovative television specials ever produced and the enduring genius of the man behind it. Also, Snoopy crushes on Peggy Fleming, Linus makes prime time history, Barney Google inspires a lifelong nickname and Craig introduces his...

Duration:01:46:28

Christmas 2020 with Mario Cantone

12/21/2020
Friend and fan favorite Mario Cantone returns for GGACP's annual holiday episode and a funny and festive conversation about awkward child actors, depressing Christmas carols, holiday-themed horror films, the musical talents of Leslie Bricusse and Jerry Herman and the 50th anniversary of Rankin/Bass' "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town." Also, Mickey Mouse meets Scrooge, Katharine Hepburn tugs on St. Nick's beard, Cyrano de Bergerac warbles a seasonal ditty and Mario (finally) discovers the legend...

Duration:01:42:34

Craig Bierko and Beverly D'Angelo

12/14/2020
GGACP favorites Craig Bierko and Beverly D'Angelo return to the show for a spirited conversation about ABC Afterschool Specials, obscure time travel movies, the comedic brilliance of Martin Short and Richard Kind and the early days of cable television. Also, Al Pacino watches "Cats," Milos Forman inspires Steve Martin, Beverly grabs Chevy Chase's junk and Craig mixes up Bob Hope and Richard Nixon. PLUS: Imogene Coca! The return of old Groucho! Stan Kann the Gadget Man! In praise of Carrie...

Duration:01:10:54

Stacy Keach

12/7/2020
Emmy and Tony-nominated actor Stacy Keach looks back on his seven-decade career and talks about playing Shakespeare's greatest characters, dining with Orson Welles, shooting pool with John Huston and sharing the screen with Paul Newman, George C. Scott, Robert Mitchum and Gregory Peck. Also, Rod Steiger passes on "Patton," Stacy turns down Hawkeye Pierce, John Wayne parties with Zsa Zsa Gabor and the Keaches, Quaids and Carradines team up for "The Long Riders." PLUS: "The Ninth...

Duration:01:27:18

John Sebastian

11/30/2020
Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer and founder of The Lovin' Spoonful John Sebastian entertains Gilbert and Frank with anecdotes about Cass Elliott, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon and Jim Morrison and reveals the stories and inspirations behind hits like "Daydream," "Summer in the City," and "Do You Believe in Magic." Also, Groucho co-hosts "Music Scene," Richard Pryor plays the Cafe Au Go-Go, Art Garfunkel nails a Spoonful cover version and John composes a classic sitcom theme. PLUS: Vivian Vance!...

Duration:01:33:55

Abbott and Costello

11/23/2020
Gilbert and Frank are joined by archivist BOB FURMANEK, film critic LEONARD MALTIN and author-historian RON PALUMBO for a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Bud Abbott & Lou Costello's screen debut and an animated conversation about the lives and careers of one of the most popular comedy teams of all time. Also in this episode: Groucho Marx gushes, Dean Martin gets a nose job, Boris Karloff turns down "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi consider a Bud...

Duration:01:51:12

John Byner

11/16/2020
Comedian, actor and master impressionist John Byner returns to the show to share hilarious anecdotes about James Cagney, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Vernon (to name a few) and to talk about his recently-released memoir "Five Minutes Mr. Byner: a Lifetime of Laughter."Also, Jack Carter lashes out, George Jessel lawyers up, Joey Bishop promotes a boxing match and Billy Barty sits on Bob Hope's lap. PLUS: Annette Funicello! "Angels with Dirty Faces"! Dueling Rod Steigers!...

Duration:01:37:41

Neil deGrasse Tyson

11/9/2020
Gilbert and Frank are joined by astrophysicist, "Cosmos" host and "Twilight Zone" superfan Neil deGrasse Tyson for an entertaining and educational conversation about time travel, zombie uprisings, the logic of werewolf movies, the science of being funny and the plausibility of "Jurassic Park." Also, Sandra Bullock defies gravity, Perry Mason meets Godzilla, Raquel Welch rocks a loincloth and Rod Serling adapts "Planet of the Apes." PLUS: "The Blob"! Raymond J. Johnson Jr! Superman gets his...

Duration:01:37:13

Tim Robbins

11/2/2020
Oscar-winning actor, musician and activist Tim Robbins joins the boys for a lively discussion on a wide range of topics, including the "New Hollywood" of the '70s, the genius and generosity of Robert Altman, the timeliness of Depression-era screwball comedies and the enduring appeal of "The Shawshank Redemption." Also, Gore Vidal steals the show, Richard Pryor plays The Gaslight Cafe, Orson Welles runs afoul of William Randolph Hearst and Tim (fondly) remembers Paul Newman, Don Rickles and...

Duration:01:46:51

Halloween 2020 with Joe Dante and Mick Garris

10/26/2020
Film directors (and fellow monster kids) Joe Dante and Mick Garris help Gilbert and Frank usher in Halloween 2020 with a frighteningly good conversation about giant insects, evil hunchbacks, cheesy haunted house flicks, the glory days of horror anthologies and the 60th anniversary of “Psycho.” Also, Basil Rathbone goes slumming, Bogie plays a mad scientist, Anthony Perkins puts Mick to the test and Joe sings the praises of Dick Miller and John Carradine. PLUS: “She-Wolf of London”! “The Man...

Duration:01:43:58

"The Odd Couple" 50th Anniversary Show

10/19/2020
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ABC's "The Odd Couple," Gilbert and Frank welcome a panel of experts, including comedian-superfan Dave Juskow, author Bob Leszczak ("The Odd Couple on Stage & Screen") and the sons of Oscar Madison himself, Adam Klugman and David Klugman. Also, Tony Randall stands out, Mickey Rooney loses out, John Byner breaks up the room and Garry Marshall makes TV history. PLUS: The queen of game shows! "The New Odd Couple"! Howard Cosell fakes it! Adam plays young...

Duration:01:49:43

Bob Costas

10/12/2020
Emmy-winning broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Costas returns to the podcast for an animated conversation about his five-decade career in television, his passion for TV westerns, his weakness for cheesy sports biopics and his memorable interviews with Rod Steiger, Jerry Lewis, Mickey Mantle, Don Rickles and Rodney Dangerfield. Also, Uncle Miltie drops the mic, Ralph Kramden does the mambo, Lon Chaney Jr. meets "The Rifleman" and Bob gets his very own Topps baseball card. PLUS: "The...

Duration:01:52:24

Lewis Black

10/5/2020
Actor, playwright and Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black returns to the podcast to discuss the creativity of Pixar, the cinema of Barry Levinson, the timelessness of "Dr. Strangelove" and the political comedy of Mort Sahl, Dick Gregory, Paul Krassner and the Smothers Brothers. Also, Christopher Walken cracks a joke, Ruth Buzzi meets Michael Corleone, Ed Sullivan chews out Jackie Mason and Lewis tours the Middle East with Robin Williams. PLUS: Topo Gigio! Saluting Joe Grifasi! George Carlin...

Duration:01:28:34

Joe Mantegna

9/28/2020
Gilbert and Frank talk to Tony-winning actor Joe Mantegna about paying dues, working with primates, portraying Dean Martin, his admiration for Errol Flynn and his long association with Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet. Also, Don Ameche busts a gut, Eli Wallach rides the subway, Ben Kingsley takes in a Chicago concert and Joe lands a role in the Italian "Star Wars." PLUS: Super Sugar Crisp! In praise of Tony Bennett! The courage of Lenny Bruce! The genius of Shel Silverstein! And Joe...

Duration:01:35:21

Malcolm McDowell: Part 2

9/21/2020
Part 2 of Malcolm McDowell! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:08