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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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To celebrate the podcast's 300th episode, Frank, aided by questions from callers and an in-studio audience, interviews Gilbert about his 50-year career in the entertainment business, covering his early stand-up days, his brief stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "Thicke of the Night" and his memorable movie roles, including Iago, Sidney Bernstein, Igor Peabody and the unforgettable "Man on Porch." Also, Lorne Michaels gives props, Larry David clears the room, Ben Gazzara enjoys a laugh and Humphrey Bogart visits the post office. PLUS: "Meet Wally Sparks"! "The Horn Blows at Midnight"! Marty Allen disses Paul Lynde! Lou Costello stars in "Citizen Kane"! And Gilbert shares the screen with Ryan Gosling! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dick Cavett and Robert Bader

Dick Cavett and Robert Bader

2020-02-1701:28:213

Gilbert and Frank welcome returning guests Dick Cavett and author-producer Robert Bader for a look back at Groucho Marx's memorable appearances on "The Dick Cavett Show" and a look ahead at the new Bader-directed HBO documentary, "Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes." Also, Johnny Carson disses Jerry Lewis, Zeppo misses Chico's wedding, Cary Grant romances Amelia Earhart and Danny Kaye zings the Duchess of Windsor. PLUS: Orson Welles meets the Fuhrer! The lost novel of Truman Capote! The triumphant return of Richard Loo! James Mason stars in "The Honeymooners"! And Dick reflects on his friendship with "The Greatest"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts and actress/casting director Eliza Roberts regale Gilbert and Frank with tales from their five decades in Hollywood, including stories about Bob Fosse, Tony Curtis, Rod Steiger, Sterling Hayden, Mickey Rourke and Shelly Winters (to name a few). Also, Roger Corman strikes a deal, Eric shares the screen with the King of Pop, Gilbert praises "The Pope of Greenwich Village" and Eliza appears in "National Lampoon's Animal House." PLUS: "Three Days of the Condor"! Saluting Sonny Fox! The legend of Larry Cohen! The Diceman sends up Sly Stallone! And Eric reveals the "shortcomings" of Marlon Brando! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gilbert and Frank welcome comedian and director Howard Storm (accompanied by writer Steve Stoliar) for a funny and fascinating conversation about the glory days of burlesque, the heyday of Jewish gangsters, the challenges of directing Redd Foxx, Don Rickles and Robin Williams and Howard's entertaining new memoir (co-authored by Steve), "The Imperfect Storm." Also, Desi Arnaz saves the day, Raquel Welch acts the diva, Harry Belafonte breaks Jack Rollins' heart and Howard crosses swords with Don Adams, Lucille Ball and Georgie Jessel (among others). PLUS: Wayland Flowers and Madame! Praising Valerie Harper! The genius of Bud Abbott! The return of "Dueling Grouchos"! And Howard recalls the making of "Broadway Danny Rose"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Memoriam 2019

In Memoriam 2019

2020-01-2701:34:501

Gilbert and Frank are once again joined by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael H. Weber for a fond look back at some of the unforgettable artists who left us in 2019, including Doris Day, Arte Johnson, Valerie Harper, Rene Auberjonois and Carol Channing. Also in this episode: Diahann Carroll takes a stand, Rip Torn takes on Norman Mailer, Albert Finney turns down "Lawrence of Arabia" and Peggy Lipton pens a Frank Sinatra standard. PLUS: "Defending Your Life"! "The Kid Stays in the Picture"! The man behind "The Monkees"! The original Sheriff Truman! The comic genius of Tim Conway!  And the boys bid farewell to the last of the Golden Age directors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser

2020-01-2001:29:283

Comedian, writer and Emmy-nominated actor Paul Reiser drops by the studio for a funny and intimate conversation about breaking into standup, shooting a (failed) pilot with Gilbert, working with longtime heroes Peter Falk and Alan Arkin and recreating the glory days of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Also, Mel Brooks brings wine, George Carlin stays for breakfast, Michael Douglas transforms into Liberace and Jerry Lewis guest-stars on "Mad About You." PLUS: Freddie Roman! The Great Flydini! Tony Danza plays Fred de Cordova! Gilbert and Paul go to the movies! And the boys praise the many talents of Richard Kind! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
To mark the centennial year of TV legend Ernie Kovacs, Gilbert and Frank welcome historian Josh Mills and Kovacs archivist Ben Model for a look back at the pioneering broadcaster's lasting impact and influence on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Monty Python and The Kids in the Hall (among others). Also, Billy Wilder comes to dinner, Ernie shoots a pilot with Buster Keaton, Jack Lemmon joins the Nairobi Trio and Josh remembers his mom (and Kovacs' widow), Edie Adams. PLUS: Percy Dovetonsils! "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"! Josh meets Groucho Marx! Edie dates Peter Sellers! And Gilbert "inspires" a silent film score! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Marilu Henner

Marilu Henner

2020-01-0601:33:192

Actress and best-selling author Marilu Henner joins Gilbert and Frank for a laugh-filled conversation about the sex appeal of Danny DeVito, the physical comedy of John Ritter, the star power of Burt Reynolds and the "gift" of her unusual (and uncanny) memory. Also, Larry David pens a love letter, Charles Durning teaches ballroom dancing, Gilbert flirts with Princess Leia and Marilu looks back on the films "L.A. Story," "Johnny Dangerously" and "Cannonball Run II." PLUS: Dom DeLuise! The legend of Andy Kaufman! Bob Costas' "Ed Ames moment"! Shirley MacLaine works the room! Ol' Blue Eyes plays the MDA telethon! And Marilu picks her favorite episodes of "Taxi"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kenny Loggins

Kenny Loggins

2019-12-3001:33:27

Gilbert and Frank welcome Grammy and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins for a revealing conversation about the rewards of collaboration, the mystery of the creative process, the challenges of penning songs for movies like "Top Gun" and "Footloose" and his "accidental" partnership with writer-producer Jim Messina. Also, Kenny auditions for "Hair," mimics Bob Dylan (and Tina Turner!) steers clear of the disco era and teams with Richard Marx, Stevie Nicks and Michael McDonald. PLUS: Stealer's Wheel! The genius of Clive Davis! Rick Cowling sits in! Gilbert auditions for "Caddyshack II"! And Kenny (and Gilbert) guest star on "Family Guy"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Actor-comedian Mario Cantone returns to help Gilbert and Frank usher in the holiday season with a spirited conversation about misleading movie titles, lecherous cartoon characters, politically correct Christmas carols, the genius of Paul Frees (and Frank Loesser) and the 80th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." Also: Jack Cassidy teams with Jim Backus, Judy Garland locks horns with Busby Berkeley, Ricardo Montalban serenades Esther Williams and Gilbert gets accosted by Snow White. PLUS: Jan-Michael Vincent! The musical stylings of Lucille Ball! "Christmas on the Ponderosa"! Tony Curtis tells off Danny Kaye! And "Frosty the Snowman" turns 50! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
"Blazing Saddles" screenwriters ANDREW BERGMAN and NORMAN STEINBERG return to the podcast to commemorate the film's 45th anniversary and to regale Gilbert and Frank with behind-the-scenes stories of deleted scenes, writer's room antics, last-minute casting changes and characters who didn't make the cut. Also, Mel Brooks sends up Humphrey Bogart, Cleavon Little replaces James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor puts on a maid's uniform and John Carradine plays "John Carradine." PLUS: "Honeymoon in Vegas"! "My Favorite Year"! Marlon Brando mumbles! Stanley Kubrick tortures Slim Pickens! And the boys remember Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman and Gene Wilder!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Artie Lange

Artie Lange

2019-12-0901:23:11

Comedian and actor Artie Lange returns to the podcast for an off-the-wall conversation about Twitter outrage, miscast actors, superhero movie overkill, the cinema of Michael Mann and the kindness of Frankie Valli. Also, James Caan cracks a joke, Roger Moore turns on the charm, Jackie Gleason turns down "The French Connection" and Artie recites dialogue from "Elf," "The Sting" and "Smokey and the Bandit." PLUS: The legend of Mr. Baseball! "The Pope of Greenwich Village"! In praise of Walter Matthau! Abbott and Costello meet The Godfather! And Artie remembers the late, great Don Rickles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Marsha Mason

Marsha Mason

2019-12-0201:31:56

Oscar-nominated actress-director Marsha Mason joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the value of character actors, the importance of onscreen chemistry, the true story behind "Bogart Slept Here" and her memories of collaborating with (and living with) the legendary Neil Simon. Also, Peter Falk shares the spotlight, Dustin Hoffman inspires "The Goodbye Girl," Paul Newman introduces Marsha to auto racing and Gilbert sings the theme song from "Cinderella Liberty." PLUS: "Dark Shadows"! "The Cheap Detective"! The superstitions of Peter Sellers! The elusiveness of George Segal! And Marsha co-stars with Albert Finney, Anthony Hopkins and Jason Robards! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week: Gorillas gone wild! "Life with Lucy"! Miss Frances of "Ding Dong School"! Gilbert tangles with Jackie the Joke Man! And Frank thanks the (many) people behind the podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Bob Bergen and Rob Paulsen

Bob Bergen and Rob Paulsen

2019-11-2501:42:441

Gilbert and Frank talk to celebrated voice actors Bob Bergen (Porky Pig, Tweety, Marvin the Martian) and Rob Paulsen (Pinky, Yakko, Jimmy Neutron) about the loyalty of voice performers, giving back to fans, the generosity of Daws Butler and Casey Kasem and the voices behind Toucan Sam, Charlie the Tuna and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Also, Orson Welles hits the bottle, Mickey Rooney "inspires" Walt Disney, Rob hangs with Rip Taylor (and Jonathan Harris) and 14-year-old Bob cold-calls Mel Blanc. PLUS: "What's Opera Doc?" The genius of Randy Rogel! The outrageousness of Bob Ridgely! Remembering Marvin Kaplan! And Bob teaches Gilbert to do Porky Pig! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week: Celebrating Dick Cavett! Right Said Fred! Billy Barty to the rescue! "The Incredible Melting Man" The Marxes sing "The Monkey Doodle-Do"! And Gilbert guest-stars in "Silk Stalkings"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
286. Stephen Bishop

286. Stephen Bishop

2019-11-1801:37:551

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop joins Gilbert and Frank for an enormously entertaining conversation about secret song origins, Beatles trading cards, the glory days of Top 40, auditioning for Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson and chumming around with Burt Bacharach, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher and Harry Nilsson. Also, Bob Dylan hails a cab, Warren Beatty eats a bowl of chili, Gilbert swipes shampoo from Donald Fagen and Stephen and Linda Ronstadt cover "The Monster Mash." PLUS: Frank Sinatra Jr! Praising Randy Newman! (and Jimmy Webb)! "Sex Kittens Go to College"! And Stephen cameos in "Animal House," "The Blues Brothers" and "Kentucky Fried Movie"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week: Uncle Junior sings! The generosity of Matthew Broderick! Nutmeg Post trivia! Joey Pants feuds with his family! And the boys remember the irrepressible Bill Macy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
285. Danny Huston

285. Danny Huston

2019-11-1101:27:44

Gilbert and Frank chat with actor-director Danny Huston ("Wonder Woman," "The Aviator," "Hitchcock") about meeting Orson Welles, directing Robert Mitchum, getting inside the heads of big-screen bad guys and growing up with (and working with) his legendary father, John Huston. Also, Hal Roach cozies up to Mussolini, Katharine Hepburn makes like Eleanor Roosevelt, George Raft turns down the role of a lifetime and Danny reflects on the career of his grandfather, Oscar-winner Walter Huston. PLUS: "The Other Side of the Wind"! Remembering Robert Evans! The mystery of B. Traven! The punk rock cinema of Bernard Rose! And Danny and Gilbert reenact a scene from "Chinatown"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
This week: "Bye Bye Birdie!" The Comedy of Alice Ghostley! The ageless Peter Marshall! And Gil and Frank pay "tribute" to "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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DisneyandBroadwaybeauty

Am I the only one thinking of Iago from Aladdin and Hermes from Hercules getting together for a coffee and talking? No? Just a Disney fan? Ok then.

Feb 2nd
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Tony Rios

I've been looking forward to this episode for months. Was somewhat disappointed at the conversation because there wasn't a lot of juicy "behind the song" stories or Industry stories like with previous rock/pop stars. Not to mention not one mention of yacht rock and the yacht rock show on YouTube. Oh well.

Dec 30th
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Craig Sampieri

Gilbert and Frank....i love your show your passion for the work people have done and the history of our culture!!! And most importantly Gilbert never stop singing!!!!!!!!

Dec 28th
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George Hughen

Can't play podcast due to a broken source...

Dec 22nd
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PADDY GILROY

AL, The most difficult one to listen too, poor Frank trying to steer this bullshit with no help from Gil. Artie is just not any use in this situation same as on Anthony Cumia show pointless. I believe on stage he'd be funny podcasts? no.

Dec 18th
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PJ walter

OMG I could listen to Artie and Gilbert all day!!! I am at work in tears laughing , glad I have earbuds! Bravo!

Dec 12th
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Justin McGuire

insane amazing

Dec 10th
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Klintorious

Artie and Gilbert should have a show together

Dec 10th
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Ham Head

.............

Nov 27th
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Lenny Gunderson Jr.,

Wtf was that song @ the end?! Im losing my shit...

Sep 26th
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David Roth

ki

Sep 26th
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Niklas Theelder

it's good to be reminded that THSS used to be funny.

Sep 18th
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Saad Theodore

f jackie

Sep 16th
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Chris Weiss

that was horrible.

Jul 2nd
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Aetherflow

35:31 I love when they sing Rainbow Connection together.

Jun 23rd
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Ham Head

what the fuck is this all about...

May 15th
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NJBaritone

I had to pull over while listening. I was laughing so hard I couldnt even breathe!

Apr 2nd
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ha)j5&pwy$

this a great podcast, where are the other episodes?!

Feb 22nd
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Charmain Barksdale

Joel Grey was not very talkative so I couldn't keep listening

Feb 10th
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Luis Reguilon

is it just me, or Ron sounds like a Billy West character?

Sep 10th
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