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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

Mark Harris

10/18/2021
New York Times bestselling author, journalist and entertainment historian Mark Harris joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating and informative conversation about his critically-acclaimed Mike Nichols biography ("Mike Nichols: A Life"), as well as his thoroughly-researched books, "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War" and "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood"). Also: Mel Blanc teams with Dr. Seuss, Bob Dylan is considered for...

Duration:01:53:24

Dino Stamatopoulos

10/11/2021
Emmy-winning writer, producer, musician and monster kid Dino Stamatopoulos (“Mr. Show,” “TV Funhouse,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) joins Gilbert and Frank for a darkly funny conversation about savage chimps, cross-dressing puppets, bad horror movie tropes, the spectacular failure of "The Dana Carvey Show" and the creation of his wildly original Adult Swim series, "Moral Orel" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole." Also: Ken Jeong climbs into a Godzilla suit, Robert Smigel sends up Bozo the...

Duration:01:44:00

Aaron Lee & Rainn Wilson

10/4/2021
Comedy writer-producer Aaron Lee and Emmy-nominated actor Rainn Wilson join Gilbert and Frank to talk about nerd culture, haunted houses, the many moods of Jerry Lewis, the staying power of "The Office," the outrageousness of the Comedy Central roasts and their paranormal podcast "Dark Air with Terry Carnation." Also, Gilbert plays a horse, Aaron writes jokes for Larry Flynt, Rainn wrestles Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Henny Youngman teams with the "Godfather of Gore." PLUS: "Zardoz"! "Clutch...

Duration:01:53:33

Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin Part 2

9/27/2021
In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, veteran screen actors Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss talk about sharing the stage with their children, celebrating 60 years of marriage, casting the comedy classic "My Favorite Year" and filming "The Stepford Wives," "Westworld," Diary of a Mad Housewife" and "The Parallax View." Also, Mel Brooks produces "The Elephant Man," Orson Welles intimidates the cast of "Catch-22," Paula's mom chats up William S. Burroughs and Richard lists his favorite...

Duration:00:59:32

Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin Part 1

9/20/2021
In the first part of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank talk to celebrated actors and longtime Hollywood couple Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss about their seven-decade careers in front of (and behind) the camera, co-starring in a groundbreaking sitcom, co-hosting "Saturday Night Live," meeting Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton and working with legendary directors Howard Hawks, Mike Nichols and Billy Wilder. Also, Jack Cassidy plays a superhero, Jack Benny exits "The Sunshine Boys," Paula...

Duration:01:12:24

Kevin Pollak

9/13/2021
Actor, comedian and impressionist Kevin Pollak joins Gilbert and Frank for a frequently hilarious conversation about the legend of Harry Houdini, the cinema of Barry Levinson, joining the cast of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and sharing the screen with Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Jack Lemmon and Rod Steiger. Also, Steve Martin packs arenas, Walter Matthau hits on Sophia Loren, Don Rickles runs afoul of Joe Pesci and Kevin explains France's affection for Jerry Lewis. PLUS: Anne Bancroft!...

Duration:01:56:18

Michael Nesmith Encore

9/6/2021
To celebrate the upcoming Monkees farewell tour, Gilbert and Frank present this classic encore episode from 2015, featuring a rare interview with musician-songwriter-producer Michael Nesmith, who talks about hosting hootenannies, worshipping Bob Dylan, visiting swinging London, nailing his original screen test in October ’65 and his fondness and affection for longtime Monkees fans. Also, Michael pals around with John Lennon, pens a hit for Linda Ronstadt, hits the road with Dennis Hopper and...

Duration:01:22:26

Griffin Dunne Encore

8/30/2021
To mark the 40th anniversary of 1981's "An American Werewolf in London," Gilbert and Frank present an encore episode with actor, producer and director Griffin Dunne, who 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)...

Duration:01:32:14

Richard Donner Encore

8/23/2021
In honoring the life and career of late, great producer-director Richard Donner ("Superman," "The Omen," "Lethal Weapon," "The Goonies") Gilbert and Frank present this ENCORE episode from 2018, featuring a fascinating conversation about the importance of on-set teamwork, the eccentricities of Marlon Brando, the singular talent of Rod Serling and the challenge of (faithfully) adapting the Man of Steel for the big screen. Also, Gregory Peck cashes in, Gene Hackman plays hardball, Jackie...

Duration:01:36:32

Billy West Returns Encore

8/16/2021
In this ENCORE presentation of a classic GGACP episode, Gilbert and Frank talk to comedian, voice actor and fan favorite Billy West about bad sight gags, one-joke comedians, post-stroke Stooges, the legend of "Grandpa" Al Lewis, the genius of June Foray and 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:...

Duration:01:50:57

John Schuck

8/9/2021
Veteran stage and screen actor John Schuck joins Gilbert and Frank for a look back at his 6-decade career in show business and a lively conversation about turning down movie roles, guesting on game shows, canoodling with Elizabeth Taylor, portraying both Herman Munster and Daddy Warbucks and working alongside icons Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, George Burns, Richard Burton and Rock Hudson. Also, Bud Cort takes flight, James Mason goes bowling, Jack Riley and Pat McCormick whistle the...

Duration:01:56:55

Patreon Members Grill Gilbert & Frank

8/2/2021
Gilbert and Frank fly solo and field questions from their loyal Patreon supporters on a wide (and fascinating) variety of topics, including early gigs, career do-overs, elusive guests, forbidden TV shows, bad celebrity marriages and the "musicality" of comedy. Also in this episode: Vincent Price reads "Fifty Shades of Grey," Nostradamus predicts fame for Henry Winkler, Gilbert narrates “The Rocky Horror Show” and Frank writes jokes for Larry "Bud" Melman. PLUS: Commander USA! Kentucky Fried...

Duration:01:44:13

Brian Levant

7/26/2021
Writer, producer, director, toy collector and pop culture historian Brian Levant ("The Flintstones," "Beethoven," "Jingle All the Way") joins Gilbert and Frank for a fun-filled conversation about staging pie fights, mail-order alligators, failed "Munsters" reboots, the comic genius of Harvey Korman and Jonathan Winters and the making of his upcoming memoir/coffee table book, "My Life and Toys." Also, Jack Warden forgets his lines, Chuck Jones finds the fountain of youth, Garry Marshall's...

Duration:01:58:43

Rick Baker & David J. Skal

7/19/2021
It’s Halloween in July as Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 90th anniversaries (1931-2021) of Universal Studios' original "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" by welcoming Oscar-winning makeup creator Rick Baker and author-historian David J. Skal for a fascinating conversation about sympathetic monsters, mad scientists (real and imagined), the origin of horror films, the genius of Jack Pierce and the premature deaths of Colin Clive, Dwight Frye and Lon Chaney. Also, David interviews Carla Laemmle,...

Duration:02:00:04

Gabe Kaplan

7/12/2021
Actor, writer and comedian Gabe Kaplan (finally) joins Gilbert and Frank for a truly hilarious conversation about working strip clubs and Burlesque houses, meeting (and portraying) Groucho Marx, the clunkiness of the Dean Martin Roasts and the backstage drama of "Welcome Back Kotter." Also, Jack Carter buys a shirt, Buddy Hackett makes an omelet, Pat McCormick passes out on Jerry Lewis' couch and Gabe crosses paths with Jack Ruby and Golda Meir. PLUS: London Lee! The comedy of Buddy Mantia!...

Duration:01:39:29

Dick Van Dyke ENCORE

7/5/2021
In an encore of this classic GGACP episode from 2016, Gilbert and Frank are joined by actor, comedian, recent Kennedy Center honoree and national treasure Dick Van Dyke, who looks back on his illustrious eight-decade career, recalls his friendships with Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel and shares his memories (good and bad) of making the classic films "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Also, Dick idolizes Ray Bolger, co-stars with Mickey Rooney, gets a surprise visit from Cary Grant...

Duration:01:24:49

Roger Cook & Henry Gross

6/28/2021
British-born singer-songwriter Roger Cook ("Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress") and Brooklyn-born songwriter-recording artist Henry Gross ("Shannon") share tales from their seven decades in the music business and talk about playing mob-owned joints, forming doo-wop groups, opening for the Beatles (and Benny Hill!), being inspired by Jimi Hendrix and hearing their songs on the radio for the first time. Also, Casey Kasem blows his cool, George Martin teams with Peter Sellers, Henry becomes the...

Duration:02:03:56

Weird Al Yankovic

6/21/2021
Comedian, musician and multiple Grammy winner "Weird Al" Yankovic returns to the show to talk to Gilbert and Frank about the influence of Mad magazine, the golden age of Top 40 radio, the reclusiveness of Tom Lehrer, the cultural importance of "Word Crimes" and the mystifying longevity of "The Joe Franklin Show." Also, Little Richard buys a vowel, Al and Coolio bury the hatchet, Jerry Lewis tries to take over "Comic Relief" and Charles Nelson Reilly makes "sweet, sweet love" to a manatee....

Duration:01:24:55

Brad Bird & Michael Giacchino Part 2

6/14/2021
In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank chat with Oscar winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino about James Bond homages, iconic superhero themes, incorporating everyday objects into movie soundtracks and the over-the-top pleasures of the Wachowskis’ "Speed Racer." Also, Bernard Herrmann plays the Theremin, Lily Tomlin (almost) voices Edna Mode, Brad directs a modern-day film classic and Michael reveals the key to his Oscar-winning...

Duration:01:12:34

Brad Bird & Michael Giacchino Part 1

6/7/2021
In the first part of a 2-part episode, Oscar-winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino join Gilbert and Frank for an informative and wildly entertaining conversation about their numerous collaborations ("The Incredibles," "Incredibles 2," "Ratatouille," "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol") complex action plots, "pre-loved" soundtracks, the demise of movie showplaces and the genius of John Barry and Elmer Bernstein. Also, Peter O'Toole clears his throat,...

Duration:01:13:05