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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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GGACP marks the 60th anniversary of the FINAL episode of CBS' “The Twilight Zone” (aired June 19, 1964) by revisiting this panel discussion from 2019, featuring author-historian Gary Gerani, Rod Serling Memorial Foundation founder Nick Parisi and Rod Serling’s daughter Anne Serling. In this episode, the panel looks back at one of the most groundbreaking and influential programs in television history — and the visionary behind it. Also: Desi Arnaz leads the way, Ray Bradbury lends a hand, Richard Matheson joins the team and Anne reveals her dad’s favorite Twilight Zone actors. PLUS: “Rod Serling’s Night Gallery”! The brilliance of Bernard Herrmann (and Jerry Goldsmith)! Gilbert sends up Ed Wynn! And the panel picks their most underrated TZ episodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary (released June 14, 1974) of Alan Pakula's classic paranoia thriller "The Parallax View" (also featuring podcast guest Paula Prentiss) with this ENCORE of a conversation and critical analysis from 2015. In this episode: Warren Beatty takes on the Warren Commission! Billy (“you can call me ‘Ray'”) Saluga “joins” the cast of SNL! The enigma of Randy Quaid! And Gilbert sings the praises of "The Last Detail"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP continues its celebration of the birthday of actor and raconteur Malcolm McDowell (b. June 13) by revisiting PART TWO of a memorable two-part episode from 2020. In this episode, Malcolm talks about the art and design of "A Clockwork Orange," the troubled history of "Caligula," the awkward truth about H.G. Wells and the lives and careers of screen legends John Gielgud, James Mason, Peter O'Toole and Robert Shaw. Also, Anthony Quinn grunts, Gene Kelly turns a cold shoulder, Albert Finney turns down "Lawrence of Arabia" and Malcolm rids the world of Captain Kirk. PLUS: J. Lee Thompson! Gore Vidal pulls out! Christopher Lee wigs out! The improvisational talents of Peter Sellers! And Malcolm remembers his mentor Lindsay Anderson! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Malcolm McDowell Part 1

Malcolm McDowell Part 1

2024-06-1001:00:581

GGACP celebrates the birthday of legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (b. June 13) with this ENCORE of the first part of an unforgettable 2-part episode from 2020. In this installment, Malcolm weighs in on a number of essential topics, including the birth of the Beatles, the eccentricities of Stanley Kubrick, the intensity of James Cagney and the “friendship” of Danny Kaye and Laurence Olivier. Also, John Lennon has a laugh, Ian Holm holds a grudge, Mick Jagger considers “A Clockwork Orange” and Gilbert and Malcolm send up Jack the Ripper. PLUS: The Liverpool Stomp! The generosity of Albert Finney! The comedy of Derek and Clive! And Malcolm performs a “phallic monologue”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP Classic: Dick Cavett

GGACP Classic: Dick Cavett

2024-06-0601:03:451

GGACP celebrates ten (10!) years since its debut on June 1, 2014 by revisiting the very first episode of the podcast, featuring a memorable interview with comedian, author and talk show legend Dick Cavett. In this episode, Dick shares personal stories about Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon and Groucho Marx (among others) and talks about the time a guest dropped dead on his set (yes, it happened). Also, Dick recalls writing for Jack Paar and Jerry Lewis and favors Gilbert and Frank with uncanny impressions of obscure character actors. PLUS: "Rashomon: The Sitcom"! The genius of Sid Caesar! The tragedy of Erin Fleming! Tarzan moves in! Dick plays The Bitter End! And Frank Nelson gets mistaken for Gale Gordon!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mario Cantone Encore

Mario Cantone Encore

2024-06-0301:33:581

GGACP celebrates the beginning of Pride Month by presenting this ENCORE of a "special quarantine podcast" from 2020, featuring actor, singer, comedian and friend of the show Mario Cantone. In this episode, Mario joins Gil and Frank for a highly amusing 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”! 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
GGACP celebrates the birthday of veteran character actor and friend of the podcast Sandy Helberg (born May 28) by revisiting this wide-ranging and wildly amusing interview from 2019. In this episode, Sandy regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about Groucho Marx, Freddy Mercury, Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra and Ringo Starr and shares memories of appearing in "High Anxiety," "Spaceballs" and "History of the World." Also, Broderick Crawford hits the sauce, Humphrey Bogart patrols the coast, Art Metrano plays Leonardo da Vinci and Jerry Van Dyke (sort of) foils a holdup. PLUS: The genius of Lorenzo Music! Albert Einstein on ice! “Terror in the Wax Museum”! And Gilbert and Sandy co-star in “Meet Wally Sparks”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy-nominated actress Lee Meriwether (b. May 27) with this ENCORE of a rare two-part installment featuring not one, but TWO of the actresses to play Catwoman during the run of the classic 1966 “Batman” series (along with Julie Newmar). In these episodes: Lee looks back on her reign as Miss America, impersonates Ed Wynn and threatens (promises?) to discipline Gilbert. Next up, Julie reminisces about working with everyone from Michael Rennie to Chad & Jeremy and favors us with her favorite Catwoman catchphrase. Also, Julie feuds with Jim Belushi, Lee hops a flight with J. Fred Muggs and Buddy Ebsen runs afoul of Shirley Temple. PLUS: “The Eddie Cantor Story”! The return of Billy Barty! Gilbert channels Sydney Greenstreet! And the ongoing mystery of Cesar Romero! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP Classic: Ron Dante

GGACP Classic: Ron Dante

2024-05-2301:24:181

GGACP celebrates the 55th anniversary of one of the most successful pop tunes of all time, the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" (released May 24, 1969) by revisiting this 2017 interview with vocalist, record producer and Archies lead singer Ron Dante. In this episode, Ron joins Gilbert and Frank for an engaging conversation about the history of the legendary Brill Building, the birth of bubblegum music, the magic touch of Don Kirshner (and Barry Manilow) and the lost art of commercial jingles. Also, Ron mimics Donovan, Larry Fine throws in the towel, Paul Shaffer goes deep-sea fishing and Carole King’s babysitter tops the charts. PLUS: “Leader of the Laundromat”! The fabulous Toni Wine! The 1910 Fruitgum Company! “The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan”! And the return of “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Alan Zweibel Encore

Alan Zweibel Encore

2024-05-2001:39:01

GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy award-winning writer and friend of the podcast Alan Zweibel (b. May 20) by presenting this ENCORE of an interview from 2015. In this episode, Alan talks about penning jokes for Catskills comics, contributing to the glory days of “Saturday Night Live," co-creating the groundbreaking “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and collaborating with everyone from Gilda Radner to Rob Reiner to Billy Crystal. Also: Alan heckles Larry David, “borrows from” Paul Simon, turns down “Hollywood Squares” and inspires a classic “Seinfeld” episode. PLUS: Totie Fields! Christopher Lee! The subversiveness of “Duck Soup”! Uncle Miltie gets banned! And Gilbert tries (unsuccessfully) to follow The Beatles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP Classic: Bob Burns

GGACP Classic: Bob Burns

2024-05-1601:34:041

GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor, film historian, memorabilia collector and “Monster Kid” Bob Burns by revisiting this wide-ranging interview from 2017. In this episode, Bob regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about meeting Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, George Pal and William Castle, among others. Also, Bob mentors Rick Baker, tours with Eddie Munster, brings Lon Chaney Jr. to tears and visits the set of “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” PLUS: “Shock Theater”! Ray “Crash” Corrigan! “Invasion of the Saucer Men”! Tor Johnson goes to the movies! And Bob confirms the “legend” of Forrest Tucker!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Roger Corman Encore

Roger Corman Encore

2024-05-1301:00:543

GGACP salutes the life and career of the late, legendary producer-director Roger Corman by presenting this ENCORE of a memorable interview from back in 2014. In this episode, Roger recalls meeting longtime friend and collaborator Jack Nicholson, reveals the reason the Hell’s Angels threatened to murder him and explains why “a monster should always be bigger than a leading lady.” Also, Roger works with Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper and Charles Bronson and helps launch the directing careers of Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich (among others). PLUS: “The Beast with (not quite) a Million Eyes”! Roger experiments with LSD! Peter Lorre messes with Boris Karloff’s head! And the enduring mystery of “The Terror”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP celebrates the birthday of legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles (b. May 8, 1926) by revisiting this tribute mini-ep from 2017. In this episode: “The Pride and the Passion”! "X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes"! Rickles and Newhart see the world! Don zings the commander in chief! Fambino Bambazzo buys the farm! And Gilbert reboots "C.P.O. Sharkey"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
David Steinberg Encore

David Steinberg Encore

2024-05-0654:54

GGACP celebrates May's Jewish Heritage Month by presenting this ENCORE of a 2014 interview with legendary comedian, director and host of Showtime’s “Inside Comedy” series, David Steinberg. In this episode, David talks about his years-long friendships with Jack Benny and George Burns, his 140+ appearances on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and how his standup act landed him on Richard Nixon’s enemies list. Also: the Smothers Brothers get hate mail and David directs Gilbert in an episode of “Mad About You”! PLUS: John Candy does Doc Severinsen! David saves Tony Randall’s life! And the Mount Rushmore of Jewish comedians! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP once again remembers our late, lovable pal Paul "Raybone" Raeburn by revisiting this mini-show from 2018, as Gilbert "reinterprets" compositions by Elton John, Kris Kristofferson, and podcast guests Charles Fox and Paul Williams. Also in this episode: Moms Mabley! The genius of Roger Miller! The Paul Raybone Band! Paging Gordon Lightfoot! And Ed Sullivan blows the joke!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP bids a heartfelt farewell to our late colleague and occasional "researcher," the much-beloved Paul "Raybone"Raeburn, with this ENCORE of a mini-episode from 2019. This week: McCartney & Lennon!? “Surfin’ Bird”! “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”! Gilbert covers Cyrkle! And the not-quite-triumphant return of Zager and Evans! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP celebrates the 25th anniversary of Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's dark comedy "Election" (released April 23, 1999) by revisiting this "Colossal Obsessions" mini-ep from 2015. In this episode: "Lord Love a Duck"! Appreciating Matthew Broderick! The genius of Bruce Jay Friedman! Jerry Stiller and Jack Gilford eat a sandwich! And the not-so-guilty pleasure of “cringe comedies”! PLUS: Gilbert praises "Save the Tiger"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Charlotte Rae Encore

Charlotte Rae Encore

2024-04-2254:11

GGACP celebrates the birthday (b. April 22, 1926) of Edna Garrett and Sylvia Schnauser herself, late character actress Charlotte Rae by presenting this ENCORE of an interview from 2016. In this episode, Charlotte looks back at some of the highs (and lows) of her life and career, and shares her memories of working on the 1950s nightclub circuit as well as on the much-loved sitcoms “Car 54, Where Are You?”, “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.” Also, Charlotte lauds Nat Hiken, rooms with Cloris Leachman, joins forces with Paul Lynde and impersonates Zsa Zsa Gabor. PLUS: Wally Cox! “Hot L Baltimore”! The many talents of Fred Gwynne! Charlotte disses Joan Collins! And “New Faces of 1952”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts (b. April 18) by revisiting this 2020 interview with Eric and actress/casting director Eliza Roberts. In this episode, Eric and Eliza talk about their five decades in Hollywood and share entertaining 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
Billy West Encore

Billy West Encore

2024-04-1501:35:13

GGACP celebrates the birthday of “Man of a Thousand Voices” Billy West (b. April 16) with this ENCORE presentation of Billy's first appearance back in 2014. In this episode, Billy West talks about his memorable work on “Ren & Stimpy,” Matt Groening’s “Futurama,” “Looney Tunes” cartoons and of course, “The Howard Stern Show,” where he won over listeners with his outrageous impressions of Larry Fine, Lucille Ball and Jackie Martling (among others). Also, the boys discuss Bud Abbott, Peter Lorre, Al “Grandpa” Lewis, and the racism of 60's-era Dick Tracy cartoons. PLUS: Jewish Frankenstein! Angry Munchkins! The true story of Dr. Zoidberg! Billy jams with The Beach Boys! And Gilbert sings the theme song from “Problem Child”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Geronimo Sib

❤️ thanks

May 12th
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Aetherflow

👻🎃🧙‍♀️💀🧟‍♂️👺🕸🦇 Happy Halloween! I'm glad they're still doing uploads. I miss him so much already... Listening to all of these again have been really great!

Oct 20th
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JGG

This episode is possibly the best podcast episode in history of all podcasts.

Oct 5th
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Tony Adams

Gilbert Gottfried always got me going with the funny and his infectious laugh, Hadn't seen him for a minute, glad to find his podcast

Jun 15th
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Russell Piskor

I'll miss this show deeply. hope you guys do a farewell show

May 10th
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FatFreddy Freekowtski

Rest in peace Gilbert going to miss you.

Apr 15th
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D Dd

So sad to hear of his passing. Too soon. Will miss him along with the others who made life tolerable during the trying times. Bless his memory. There will only be one Gilbert Gottfried.

Apr 14th
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Ryan Schaub

sad news yesterday that there will be no more.

Apr 13th
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Graham Stewart

sorry to hear about Gilbert, hope you are doing well

Apr 13th
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Steve M.

No words for the loss of Gilbert. I and so many are heartbroken. He was singular for this 50yr old.

Apr 13th
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Craig Sampieri

Frank, Dara family and enormous amount of friends, so very, very sorry for your lost and all of the rest of us. Always loved Gilbert but learned to know what a sensitive, and just wonderful guy he was over the last 4 years listening to the podcast. Thanks for the podcast and letting us get to know Gil a little bit better. Love!

Apr 13th
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Andrew Hennings

RIP Gil thanks for an amazing podcast.

Apr 12th
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Jerry Medina

God bless GG. Prayers for his wife and family, Frank and crew.

Apr 12th
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William Booth

RIP Gilbert. You will be missed.

Apr 12th
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David Ames

but no Stephen McHattie!!?!

Feb 2nd
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Amy Ray

The first episode I ever listened to for the amazing colossal podcast was the Bob Saget one in 2015 and whenever I want to laugh so hard at such crazy inappropriate stuff that is the one I put on. So I was so glad to have this one put out in 2020 so I had something else to crack up about. Thanks Gill and Frank for putting this Bob Saget one out again we already miss him ❤️

Jan 21st
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Jeff Shnall

Terrific 2 part episode. Thank you all.

Jan 18th
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David Ames

Why aren't you doing standup, anymore?

Nov 17th
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Jason Lindsey

I've always enjoyed the roasts. I mean what I've seen on youtube.

Oct 20th
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David Tucci

Hearing Billy doing Jackie Martling again made me laugh out loud.

Aug 16th
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