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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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Alan Menken

Alan Menken

2021-02-2201:22:261

Tony, Emmy, Grammy and 8-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the marriage of screen music and images, the demise (and resurrection) of movie musicals, the genius of the late, great Howard Ashman, and the "architecture" of songs like "Be Our Guest," "I See the Light," "Part of Your World" and "Somewhere That's Green." Also, Danny DeVito mimics Jimmy Durante, Steve Martin plays a sadistic dentist, Brad Garrett and Jeffrey Tambor perform a "want" song and Alan praises the talents of John Williams, Thomas Newman and Lin-Manuel Miranda. PLUS: "Fantasia"! The comedy of Randy Rainbow! "I'll Do Anything"! Alan wins a Razzie! And Bob Dylan turns down "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Richard Masur

Richard Masur

2021-02-1501:17:131

Gilbert and Frank talk to Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actor-director Richard Masur about his 6-decade acting career, his years as president of the Screen Actors Guild, his numerous collaborations with mentor Norman Lear and his role in the infamous "Heaven's Gate." Also, Francis Ford Coppola welcomes feedback, Jack Nicholson replaces Mandy Patinkin, John Carpenter remakes "The Thing" and Richard shares drinks (and the screen) with Pat McCormick. PLUS: "Scavenger Hunt!" "Hot l Baltimore"! Remembering Ben Johnson! The wisdom of Robert Preston! And Richard praises co-stars Gene Hackman, Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Kliph Nesteroff

Kliph Nesteroff

2021-02-0801:37:271

Show business historian and New York Times bestselling author KLIPH NESTEROFF returns to the podcast for an entertaining and (as always) educational discussion about banned cartoons, politically incorrect mascots, the history of Hollywood stereotypes and his new book on Native Americans and comedy, "We Had a Little Real Estate Problem." Also, Buddy Hackett pulls a knife, Howard Hawks disses Rowan & Martin, Peter Sellers sends up Charlie Chan and Frank Sinatra's goons rough up Shecky Greene. PLUS: "Go Go Gophers"! Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel! Allen & Rossi "inspire" Charlie Hill! Jack Carter feuds with Al Jolson! And "F-Troop" rips off a Redd Foxx routine! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Under the creative guidance of audio producer John Murray, Gilbert and Frank discuss and dissect some of the show's best musical moments from 2014-2020, with live performances by Neil Sedaka, Dennis DeYoung, Kenny Loggins, Tommy James, Mark Hudson and Tony Orlando (among others). Also in this episode: Anne Murray covers "Danny's Song," Uncle Junior interprets Yip Harburg, Rupert Holmes (almost) pays tribute to Humphrey Bogart, and Charles Fox composes the soundtrack of 1970s television. PLUS: John Davidson looks ahead! The Shondells go psychedelic! The legend of Morris Levy! Goldie Hawn falls for a Hudson Brother! And the Brill Building sound inspires the British Invasion! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
In Memoriam 2020

In Memoriam 2020

2021-01-2501:41:534

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 Meara! The art of Mort Drucker! The genius of Fred Willard! And Gilbert and Frank salute a member of the ACP family! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Jerry Lewis runs afoul of Sam "Momo" Giancana. PLUS: Sheldon Leonard! Louis Prima inspires Ol' Blue Eyes! Don Adams "borrows" from Bob Newhart! Rick hangs with Moe Howard (and Bud Abbott)! And the unknown reason behind Dean and Jerry's split? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Norman Lear Encore

Norman Lear Encore

2021-01-1101:22:16

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 remembers his dear friend Carroll O'Connor. PLUS: James Franciscus! Roscoe Lee Browne! "Hot l Baltimore"! Norman buys the Declaration of Independence! And the legend of Joe E. Lewis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dave Thomas Encore

Dave Thomas Encore

2021-01-0401:48:372

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: "The New Show"! Yasser Arafat hits the links! Dave praises Al Jaffee! And the comedy stylings of Max von Sydow! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
BONUS Live from Stereo

BONUS Live from Stereo

2021-01-0101:09:45

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
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 father's work to a new generation. PLUS: Joe Shlabotnik! "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"! The brilliance of Vince Guaraldi! The artistry of Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson! And the panelists reveal their favorite "Peanuts" strips of all time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 of Cesar Romero. PLUS: Tattoo sings! Ed Norton swings! "Christmas at SeaWorld"! Saluting Paul Coker! And Bob Hope and Marie Osmond holiday in Saudi Arabia! (Produced & edited by John Murray. Special thanks to Jerry Dixon. In loving memory of Mike McPadden). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Fisher! And rest in peace, Janet Ann Gallow! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach

2020-12-0701:27:101

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 Configuration"! Idolizing Olivier! Reinventing Frankenstein! Fonzie goes to college! And Stacy's dad joins forces with Maxwell Smart! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John Sebastian

John Sebastian

2020-11-3001:34:29

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! "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" The legend of Zal Yanovsky! Boris Karloff plays Captain Hook! And Ed Sullivan introduces the "American Beatles"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Abbott and Costello

Abbott and Costello

2020-11-2301:51:121

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 and Lou biopic. PLUS: Bingo the Chimp! Saluting Sidney Fields! Shemp joins the army! Joe Besser frightens Gilbert! And the experts pick their favorite A&C movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
John Byner

John Byner

2020-11-1601:37:263

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! "Merv Griffin's Talent Scouts"! And John and the boys remember the late, great Bob Einstein! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson

2020-11-0901:37:224

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 freak on! Saluting Gene Roddenberry! And Neil and Gilbert compete on "The $100,000 Pyramid"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Tim Robbins

Tim Robbins

2020-11-0201:46:413

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 Robin Williams. PLUS: "Bobbo Supreme"! "Howard the Duck"! Monty Python comes calling! In praise of "The Hudsucker Proxy"! And Tim weighs in on the future of movie theaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 with Kaleidoscope Eyes”! The genius of William Castle! The “Colossal” cinema of Bert I. Gordon! And Joe and Mick salute the late, great Larry Cohen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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 Oscar! And David hits the road with Randall and Klugman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Tchort Tchort

It's a bad interview. A really bad interview.

Feb 24th
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CHUCK THOMAS

just realized he is in "The Thing" I didn't hear Gilbert mention it at the beginning I hope they talk about it...

Feb 17th
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STARCADE2084

Sean Connery was, amongst other non-acting jobs, a "coffin polisher"...if that's not a masturbation euphemism I don't know what is. @RealGilbert #GGACP

Feb 5th
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Tchort Tchort

excellent show.

Feb 4th
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STARCADE2084

An excellent episode! Not a Christmas has gone by my nearly 50 years that I haven't watched the special.

Jan 4th
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Tchort Tchort

fantastic episode

Nov 23rd
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STARCADE2084

Absolutely brilliant!

Oct 9th
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STARCADE2084

I need to pull up Bob's first appearance on GGACP, he's brilliantly hilarious and has crossed paths with so many greats.

Sep 28th
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Dave Maris

This is THE funniest thing I've ever heard!

Aug 24th
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Russell Piskor

try to get Russ tamblny riff from westside story

Aug 17th
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Jeffrey Woodward

Hi Guys I am in Birmingham 🇬🇧 and since covid lock down been listening to your recent and old shows. Fanfuckintastic, a joy and a wonderful education, thank you.

Aug 17th
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STARCADE2084

When Mario Cantone comes around it's Xmas no matter what time of year it is!

Aug 4th
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Randy Holt

hard to find this kind of entertainment anymore... thank you guys for all you do

Jun 29th
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DK

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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