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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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Dennis DeYoung

Dennis DeYoung

2020-05-2501:34:482

Rock icon and former Styx frontman DENNIS DeYOUNG joins Gilbert and Frank from his home in Chicago to talk about the birth of the Beatles, the death of rock n' roll, opening for Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa and teaming with Julian Lennon for his new album "26 East, Volume One." Also, Dean Martin mocks the Stones, Alice Cooper pulls out all the stops, Eric Cartman covers "Come Sail Away" and Dennis reveals the biggest downside to being a rock star. PLUS: Dr. Demento! In praise of Antony Newley! Bob Hope wears love beads! Slim Pickens joins a Styx tour! And Dennis serenades the boys with "Babe" and "Lady"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Carol Kane

Carol Kane

2020-05-1801:30:121

Emmy-winning actress Carol Kane joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the cinema of the 1970s, Oscar acceptance speeches, the generosity of Jack Nicholson, the inventiveness of Andy Kaufman and her admiration for (and friendship with) the legendary Bette Davis. Also, Bill Murray takes a beating, Mike Nichols performs a magic trick, Gilbert kibitzes with Charles Durning and Carol takes a (career-changing) call from Gene Wilder. PLUS: Fritz Feld! Defending "Ishtar"! Saluting Hal Ashby! "Harry and Walter Go to New York"! And Carol Kane fills in for...Carole King?? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mario Cantone

Mario Cantone

2020-05-1101:36:002

It's Christmas in May as the multi-talented Mario Cantone joins the boys for a special quarantine episode and a wildly entertaining 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"! In praise of Alec Baldwin! 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
Amy Yasbeck

Amy Yasbeck

2020-05-0401:19:311

Actress and activist Amy Yasbeck visits the show to talk about golden age comedians, the directing style of Mel Brooks, working with Gilbert on "Wings" and the "Problem Child" franchise, and the playfulness and generosity of her husband, the late, great John Ritter. Also, Morey Amsterdam sings "Yuk-a-Puk," Gilbert gets nominated for a Razzie, Amy cuts the rug with Leslie Nielsen and Jack Warden changes accents in mid-movie. PLUS: Emil Sitka! "The New Love American Style"! Anne Bancroft plays Maria Ouspenskaya! John borrows shtick from Jerry Lewis! And 6-year-old Amy pitches the Easy-Bake Oven! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel

2020-04-2701:32:141

Gilbert and Frank welcome back Emmy-winning comedy writer Alan Zweibel for a freeform discussion about bad reviews, least-loved SNL hosts, feuding celebrity couples, unsung Catskills comedians and Alan's new memoir, "Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier." Also, Gilda Radner struggles with fame, Abe Vigoda plays an eskimo, Alan gets heckled by a young Bill Murray and Frank reveals his favorite "Saturday Night Live" sketch of all time. PLUS: "It's Garry Shandling's Show"! The craftsmanship of Alan King! The brilliance of Herb Sargent! The REAL Broadway Danny Rose! And Alan remembers his friend, the late, great Buck Henry! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jeffrey Tambor

Jeffrey Tambor

2020-04-2001:36:383

"Hey now!" Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor for a hilarious (and heartfelt) conversation about finding joy, avoiding dailies, pursuing authenticity, befriending the late, great Garry Shandling and breathing life into some of television's most indelible characters. Also, Ernest Borgnine inspires, James Mason perspires, Jeffrey gets confused with Elliott Gould and Rod Steiger holds a grudge against Marlon Brando. PLUS: George C. Scott! "Radioland Murders"! Remembering Rip Torn! The generosity of Al Pacino! And Jeffrey and Gilbert co-star with a chimpanzee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP celebrates its 6th anniversary and the recent release of Episode #300 with PART TWO of a live evening of story and song from New York City's Cutting Room with Mario Cantone, Marilu Henner, Richard Kind, Paul Shaffer and surprise guest performer David Yazbek  -- as well as special guests Susie Essman, Barbara Feldon, Tom Leopold, Jackie Martling, Jeff Ross and Alan Zweibel. Also in this episode: Gilbert and Jeff star in "CSI," David and Paul pay tribute to Ed McMahon, Tony Curtis puts the moves on Bette Davis and Richard and Mario (finally!) debate the merits of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." PLUS: Mason Reese! "Wait Until Dark"! The Island of Misfit Toys! The musical stylings of the Gilbert Gottfried Orchestra! And a Broadway icon drops by to join the fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Gilbert and Frank celebrate the podcast's 6th anniversary and the recent release of their 300th episode by welcoming returning guests MARIO CANTONE, MARILU HENNER, RICHARD KIND and PAUL SHAFFER (as well as several surprise guests!) for an evening of music and laughter at New York City's Cutting Room. Also in this episode: Forrest Tucker sinks a putt, Irwin Corey eulogizes Soupy Sales, Burt Reynolds throws Johnny Carson off his game and Gilbert "makes love" to Dolores del Rio. PLUS: "Lonesome" George Gobel! Remembering Tony Randall! Richard praises David Letterman! Marilu fills in for Bob Hope! And a screen legend pays the boys a surprise tribute! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander

2020-03-3001:40:272

Tony-winning actor and director Jason Alexander joins Gilbert and Frank for an in-depth conversation about network interference, working with animals, classic "Twilight Zone" episodes, Woody Allen's influence on George Costanza and the impact of "Seinfeld" on popular culture. Also, Robert De Niro yuks it up, Liza Minnelli lends a hand, Jason and Martin Short perform "The Odd Couple" and Gilbert warbles a tune from "Duckman"! PLUS: Joe Besser! "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"! The genius of Jerry Stiller! The golden age of comedy albums! And Jason gets advice from William Shatner!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Peter Noone

Peter Noone

2020-03-2301:24:451

Gil and Frank welcome a long-sought guest, British Invasion icon Peter Noone for a loose and lighthearted conversation about rock and roll excess, the birth of the Beatles, entertaining the Queen Mum and rubbing shoulders with Bob Dylan, Keith Moon and Elvis Presley (among others). Also, Alice Cooper climbs the charts, Keith Richards lays down the law, Imelda Marcos requests a tune and Herman's Hermits perform "If I Were a Rich Man." PLUS: "The Pirates of Penzance"! Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders! Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars! The genius of Mickie Most! And Gilbert "sings" "I'm Into Something Good"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan

2020-03-1601:34:361

Tony and Oscar-nominated actress (and lifelong Gilbert fan) Amy Ryan drops by the studio to talk about the mastery of Sidney Lumet, the brilliance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, discovering family secrets, perfecting regional accents and portraying Michael Scott's love interest on "The Office." Also, Hugh Hefner hits the town, Clint Eastwood keeps it moving, Albert Brooks stages a "one-man show" and Amy and Gilbert perform Hamlet's soliloquy! PLUS: Slovin & Allen! "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers"! The kindness of Henry Winkler! Neil Simon drops the ax! Gilbert plays a Mexican! And Amy brings her parents to the Academy Awards! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Steven Van Zandt

Steven Van Zandt

2020-03-0901:38:27

Gilbert and Frank welcome actor, musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt for a fun, freewheeling conversation about beloved kiddie show hosts, the glory days of Top 40 radio, the mystique of gangster movies, the Beatles' impact on popular culture and the Rat Pack's "connection" to the E Street Band. Also, Darlene Love mounts a comeback, Little Richard officiates a wedding, Ol' Blue Eyes covers Simon & Garfunkel and Steven remembers his friend James Gandolfini. PLUS: The Singing Nun! "Angels with Dirty Faces"! The genius of William Castle! "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"! And Gilbert and Steven pay tribute to "The Nutty Professor"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman

2020-03-0201:31:373

Gilbert and Frank welcome back award-winning illustrator and GGACP fan favorite DREW FRIEDMAN for a riveting conversation about well-endowed comedians, the last days of Mad magazine, the durability of "The Odd Couple" and Drew's latest book, "All the Presidents." Also, Yoko Ono meets the Little Rascals, Uncle Floyd auditions for "Minnie's Boys," Gilbert plays The Great Emancipator and Frank attends a Stooge funeral. PLUS: "Crazy Joe" Gallo! "The Haunted Strangler"! Praising Al Jaffee (and Mort Drucker)! Mutant Jerry Lewis! And Drew runs afoul of the Merchant of Venom! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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

2020-02-1701:28:215

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

2020-01-2001:26:503

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
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Comments (42)

David Kavin

I could identify about half of the voices in the opening congratulations wishes. Why couldn't someone have told the podcast listening audience who was talking?

May 20th
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STARCADE2084

Both Seymour Cassel and Rutger Hauer were regulars at the Santa Monica Starbucks I worked at in the early 90s. Rutger was relatively quiet but Seymour was a great, friendly guy who Is occasionally hang out with on my breaks and shoot the breeze. Both definitely missed.

May 1st
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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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