Podcast

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

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,...more

Episodes

  • #247 John Astin

    Feb 18 2019

    Gilbert and Frank are thrilled to (finally!) welcome actor and director John Astin, who looks back on a 60+ year career in films and television, recalls his collaborations with Doris Day, Cary Grant, Rod Serling and Jonathan Winters and reveals the positive impact that "The Addams Family" has had on his life. Also, John meets Groucho Marx, spoofs Hugh Hefner, records an early "rap" single and chews the scenery on "Batman.” PLUS: "Evil Roy Slade"! "I'm Dickens, ...more

  • #246 Larry Charles

    Feb 11 2019

    Writer-director Larry Charles ("Borat," "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") joins Gilbert and Frank for an engrossing discussion on a wide range of topics, including humor as a survival tactic, the hazards of guerrilla filmmaking, the persuasive powers of Sacha Baron Cohen and the new Netflix show, "Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy." Also, Mel Brooks sends up Bill Cullen, Jerry Lewis inspires Bob Dylan, Gilbert guest stars on "Mad About You" and Larry r...more

  • #245 In Memoriam 2018

    Feb 04 2019

    Gilbert and Frank (aided by guest co-host Michael Weber) pay loving tribute to some of the artists and performers we lost in 2018, including John Mahoney, Barbara Harris, Tab Hunter, Margot Kidder and Bill Daily as well as former GGACP guests Ken Berry, Will Jordan, Charlotte Rae and Chuck McCann. Also in this episode: Laverne DeFazio makes good, Jerry Van Dyke breaks through, Burt Reynolds turns down 007 and Connie Sawyer opens for Sophie Tucker! PLUS: Marty Allen, war hero! The last ...more

  • #244 Dennis Muren

    Jan 28 2019

    Gilbert and Frank (joined by guest co-host Michael Giacchino) chat with Oscar-winning special effects artist (and GGACP fan) Dennis Muren, who praises the artistry of stop-motion animation, looks back on the early days of Industrial Light & Magic and shares behind-the-scenes stories from the making of modern classics "E.T.," "Jurassic Park" and "The Empire Strikes Back." Also, Marlon Brando ages gracefully, Irwin Allen breaks up the Marx Brothers, Michael gets nostalgic for the "Temple ...more

  • #243 David Yazbek

    Jan 21 2019

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by Emmy-winning writer and Tony-winning composer David Yazbek ("The Full Monty," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "The Band's Visit") for a funny and freewheeling conversation about the golden age of kiddie show hosts, the comedy albums of Spike Jones and Allan Sherman, the long-lost era of Top 40 radio and the trials (and triumphs) of composing music for the Broadway stage. Also, Jerry Lewis goes to therapy, Larry David whistles a happy tune, Gilbert rememb...more

  • #242 Joel Grey

    Jan 14 2019

    Oscar and Tony-winning actor Joel Grey drops by the studio to have a bit of fun at the co-hosts' expense, to share amusing anecdotes about Bob Fosse, Buck Henry, Larry Hagman and Lana Turner and to discuss his new Yiddish language version of "Fiddler on the Roof." Also, Rita Hayworth breaks hearts, Pat McCormick plays Grover Cleveland, Gilbert pulls out his George Jessel impression and Joel shares the stage with the late, great Eddie Cantor. PLUS: "Man on a Swing"! Loving Jack Gilford!...more

  • #241 Dick Cavett

    Jan 07 2019

    Gilbert and Frank kick off 2019 by welcoming back the legendary Dick Cavett, who shares delightful anecdotes about Jack Benny, Stan Laurel, Truman Capote and Walter Winchell (among others) and looks back on memorable interviews with Orson Welles, John Lennon, Frank Capra, George Harrison and Laurence Olivier. Also, Peter Lorre fails an audition, Lily Tomlin storms off the stage, Bob Hope comes to Lincoln, Nebraska and Jack Paar sabotages "Fat Jack" Leonard. PLUS: Oskar&n...more

  • #240 Sandy Hackett

    Dec 31 2018

    Producer, actor and comedian Sandy Hackett reminisces about his legendary dad Buddy Hackett, shares his memories of mob-run Las Vegas and looks back on personal experiences with Joey Bishop, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (to name a few). Also, Sandy guests on "Laugh-In," Bert Lahr pitches potato chips, Jimmy Durante "kicks the bucket" and Buddy and Hugh O'Brian fill in for Abbott and Costello. PLUS: Spike Jones! Spencer Tracy's last stand! Pat Morita bends the elbow! ...more

  • #239 Christmas Spectacular with Mario Cantone

    Dec 24 2018

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate the holidays (once again) with actor-comedian Mario Cantone, who weighs in on a stocking full of essential topics, including the fearlessness of Mae West, the tortured genius of Judy Garland, the most unappreciated Rankin-Bass special and the recent "Rudolph" and "Baby, it's Cold Outside" controversies. Also, Leslie Nielsen tackles Mr. Magoo, Shelley Winters scales a Christmas tree, Marlon Brando hops a ride with Michael Jackson and Frosty pal...more

  • #238 Micky Dolenz

    Dec 17 2018

    Singer, actor and pop culture icon Micky Dolenz returns to the podcast and holds court on a range of topics, including the early days of live television, the tense relationship between the Monkees and Don Kirshner, the lasting influence of "Head" and the secret origin of the infamous Hollywood Vampires. Also, Gilbert rides an elephant, Alice Cooper builds a catapult, Lon Chaney Jr. moves in next door and Howard Hughes scouts talent in the men's room. PLUS: Rondo "The Bru...more

  • #237 Diane Ladd

    Dec 10 2018

    Oscar-nominated actress Diane Ladd pays a visit to the studio to talk about her favorite movie directors, her days as a "Copa Girl," the importance of homegrown film production and the joys of collaborating with daughter Laura Dern and ex-husband Bruce Dern. Also, Barbara Stanwyck sends flowers, John Carradine opens doors, Robert Duvall turns on the charm and Diane drops by the set of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." PLUS: Making "Chinatown"! Celebrating Roger Corman! The genius of T...more

  • #236 Alan Alda

    Dec 03 2018

    Gilbert and Frank welcome a sought-after guest, writer-director-actor Alan Alda, who discusses (among other topics) growing up in Burlesque theaters, working with his father Robert Alda, coping with the pressures of sudden fame and learning to live life "in the moment." Also, Buster Keaton does a backflip, Mickey Rooney "hails a cab," Sarah Silverman forms an unlikely friendship and Alan remembers M*A*S*H colleagues Harry Morgan, Wayne Rogers and McLean Stevenson. PLUS: The G...more

  • #235 Howie Mandel

    Nov 26 2018

    Comedian, actor and TV personality Howie Mandel returns to the podcast and weighs in on a host of fascinating (and timely) subjects, including free speech, political incorrectness, social media's impact on comedy and the connection between obsessive behavior and performing. Also, comic John Mendoza sits in, Edward G. Robinson gets paid, Gilbert invades the Carnegie Deli and Howie teams with screen legends Blake Edwards and Melvin Frank. PLUS: Norman Lloyd! "The Big Sick"! Johnny Carson...more

  • #234 Leonard Maltin Returns

    Nov 19 2018

    Gilbert and Frank welcome back author, film critic and Hollywood historian Leonard Maltin, who shares his expertise on a number of topics, including the death of fanzines, the disappearance of movie theaters, the charm of "The Maltese Falcon" (both versions) and the appeal of New York-set films of the 1970s. Also, Zeppo breaks up the act, Laurel and Hardy bring down the house, Steve Allen plays Benny Goodman and Gilbert and Leonard remember their dear friend James Karen....more

  • #233 Ken Levine

    Nov 12 2018

    Emmy-winning comedy writer-director-producer Ken Levine ("M*A*S*H," "Cheers," "Frasier," "The Simpsons") joins Gilbert and Frank for a captivating conversation about the golden age of Top 40 radio, the genius of Vin Scully (and Larry Gelbart), the legacy of Bob and Ray and the importance of preserving showbiz history. Also, Tony Randall plays wingman, Traci Lords teaches comedy, Cliff Clavin meets Johnny Carson and Ken fulfills his dream of becoming a prof...more

  • #232 David Fantle and Tom Johnson

    Nov 05 2018

    Gilbert and Frank welcome authors-journalists David Fantle and Tom Johnson, who discuss their compelling book of celebrity interviews, "Hollywood Heyday," and recall their (often hilarious) adventures with Fred Astaire, George Burns, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Zeppo Marx, Mickey Rooney and Rod Steiger (to name a few). Also, Milton Berle works blue, Jerry Lewis skips town, Jack Carter disses Johnny Carson and Frank Capra sees the Mississippi River. PLUS: Jules&n...more

  • #231 Tom Holland

    Oct 29 2018

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate Halloween 2018 by welcoming Master of Horror Tom Holland ("Fright Night," "Child's Play," "Psycho II") for a lively conversation about everything from the influence of EC Comics to the sexlessness of vampires to the collapse of the Hollywood studio system. Also, Christopher Lee hams it up, Anthony Perkins plays "The Movie Game," Tom pays homage to Abbott and Costello and "Trilogy of Terror" inspires "Child's Play." PLUS: "The Be...more

  • #230 Peter Bonerz

    Oct 22 2018

    Actor and director Peter Bonerz shares his views on the state of television comedy, the pros and cons of laugh tracks and the rights and wrongs of improvisational theater and looks back on his decades-long friendships with Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette. Also, Redd Foxx changes his tune, Carroll O'Connor cashes a check, Woody Allen brings down the house and Peter directs Gilbert in an episode of "Wings." PLUS: Rod Serling!&...more

  • #229 Ron Friedman

    Oct 15 2018

    In one of their funniest episodes out of 200+, Gilbert and Frank chat with veteran comedy writer Ron Friedman ("Get Smart," "The Odd Couple," "All in the Family") who worked with everyone from Lucille Ball to Milton Berle to Danny Kaye to Orson Welles and has the war stories to show for it. Also, Herve Villechaize packs a rod, Sammy Davis meets Charlie's Angels, Ron writes "Murder Can Hurt You!" and Pat McCormick takes a..."dip" in Jonathan Winters' p...more

  • #228 Allan Arkush

    Oct 08 2018

    Emmy-winning director and producer Allan Arkush entertains Gilbert and Frank with tales of working at the late, great Fillmore East, crossing paths with Ol' Blue Eyes (and Groucho!) apprenticing for the legendary Roger Corman and directing the cult classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School."  Also, Jackie Mason fails to connect, Malcolm McDowell talks to his crotch, Bruce Willis locks horns with Cybill Shepherd and "A Hard Day's Night" changes Allan's life forever. PLUS: P...more

  • #227 Paul Feig

    Oct 01 2018

    Director, writer and actor Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "Ghostbusters," A Simple Favor") drops by the studio to share his thoughts on an eclectic mix of topics, including the appeal of "cringe" comedy, the influence of Mad magazine, the legacy of Charles M. Schulz and the untimely demise of "Freaks and Geeks." Also, Thurston Howell sings the blues, Jim Nabors sings "Ave Maria," George Lazenby tangles with Telly Savalas, and Gilbe...more

  • #226 Rosanna Arquette

    Sep 24 2018

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by actress and director Rosanna Arquette for an entertaining discussion about the vindictiveness of critics, the pros and cons of autograph shows, the vanishing haunts and hot spots of New York City and Rosanna's personal encounters with everyone from Bette Davis to Paul McCartney to Martin Luther King. Also, Bob Dylan goes electric, Martin Scorsese stifles a laugh, Johnny Carson rocks a tennis outfit and Rosanna shares the screen with the late, great David Bowi...more

  • #225 Alan Zweibel

    Sep 17 2018

    Emmy-winning comedy writer and Thurber Prize-winning author Alan Zweibel returns to discuss (among other topics) the evolution of "SaturdayNight Live," the genius of Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon and the 2018 documentaries about his longtime friends and collaborators, Gilda Radnerand Garry Shandling. Also, Jay Leno offers sage advice, Buck Henry makes a bad investment, Gilbert makes like Willy Loman and LorneMichaels locks horns wit...more

  • #224 Ron Delsener

    Sep 10 2018

    Legendary concert promoter Ron Delsener regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about growing up in the era of Automats and bowling pin boys, his early days as a promoter of live events, inventing the free concert in Central Park and working with Woody Allen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce and The Beatles. Also, Arthur Godfrey lusts after Haleloke, Bruce Springsteen "opens" for Anne Murray, Ol' Blue Eyes boots Jimmy Roselli out of Vegas and Ron presents ...more

  • #223 Jonathan Lynn

    Sep 03 2018

    Gilbert and Frank welcome actor-writer-director Jonathan Lynn, who weighs in on a number of topics, including his collaborations with Jerome Robbins and Tennessee Williams, sharing the stage with future Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman and the challenges of directing the cult/classic comedies "Clue" and "My Cousin Vinny." Also, Ed Sullivan loses his cool, Zero Mostel cracks wise, Steve Martin takes a crack at "Bilko" and Jonathan fight...more

  • #222 Peter Riegert

    Aug 27 2018

    One of Gilbert and Frank's favorite actors, Peter Riegert ("Animal House," "Local Hero") stops by the studio for an in-depth discussion about the fleeting nature of fame, the contrivances of romantic comedies, the randomness of on-screen chemistry and the profound influence of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers. Also, James Garner lays down the law, Burt Lancaster marches on Washington, MauriceMicklewhite becomes Michael Caine and Peter rememb...more

  • #221 Richard Belzer

    Aug 20 2018

    Gilbert and Frank welcome a return visit from an old friend -- comic, actor and author Richard Belzer (joined by former GGACP guests Tom Leopold and Paul Shaffer), for a hilarious round-table discussion of essential topics, including: the glory days of Catch a Rising Star, the Jackie Mason-Ed Sullivan feud, the infamous Chevy Chase roast and the war between Gallagher and "Gallagher Too."Also, Señor Wences sells the act, Alan King lusts after Topo Gigio, Liza plays the Rhineland and Mick Jag...more

  • #205 Patton Oswalt

    Apr 30 2018

    Comedian, actor, writer and GGACP fan Patton Oswalt drops by the studio (finally!) to discuss the films of Sidney Lumet and Billy Wilder, the "unnatural" art of sitcom acting, the disappearance of grindhouse theaters and the influence of "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert." Also, Larry Cohen deconstructs Superman, Gilbert imagines "Titanic, Part II," the Karate Kid opens a car dealership and Patton stages...more

  • Special Bonus Re-Release: Remembering Jay Thomas

    Sep 01 2017

    Emmy-winning actor JAY THOMAS was best known to audiences as hockey star Eddie LeBec on “Cheers” and tabloid talker Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown,” but he was also a show business renaissance man, working as a stand-up, disc jockey, sportscaster and reality show host. Jay dropped by Gilbert’s apartment back in 2014 to share some hilariously candid anecdotes about everything from stealing Bill Cosby’s jokes to getting kicked out of a “West Wing” audition. Also: Jay looks back on the infamous “Who W...more

  • #147: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Clip Show!

    Mar 20 2017

    In an effort to introduce and explain the podcast to the unfamiliar or uninitiated, Gilbert and Frank assemble a collection of highlights from the first 140+ episodes, including memorable moments with Matthew Broderick, Howie Mandel, "Weird" Al Yankovic, Chevy Chase and Bob "Super Dave" Einstein (among others). Also, Uncle Junior sings, Al Jaffee turns tragedy into comedy, John Amos sends up Leonard Bernstein and Joey Pants spends a quiet day with the family. PLUS: Skelton Knaggs! Misbehaving Mu...more

  • #133: Will Jordan

    Dec 12 2016

    Legendary comedian and impressionist Will Jordan stops by the studio to look back on his 70 years in showbiz and to regale Gilbert and Frank with stories about Charlie Callas, Don Rickles, Lenny Bruce, Sheldon Leonard and David Janssen, to name a few. Also, Will praises John Byner and Larry Storch, meets Lou Costello, remembers Hanson's drugstore and impersonates everyone from Ed Sullivan to George S. Patton. PLUS: Sabu! Foghorn Leghorn! "Broadway Danny Rose"! The genius of Bill Dana! And the re...more

  • #123: Bob "Super Dave" Einstein

    Oct 03 2016

    Writer-performer Bob "Super Dave" Einstein is one of the funniest men on the planet, and in this unforgettable episode, he shares hilarious anecdotes about everyone from Redd Foxx to Billy Barty to Sid Caesar to Joey Heatherton. Also, Bob teams with Steve Martin, dials up Ray Charles, "arrests" Liberace and runs afoul of Kate Smith. PLUS: Pat Paulsen! "The Sonny Comedy Revue"! Mike Douglas interviews a monkey! Sly Stone stares down Peter Marshall! And Nixon and Agnew play Laurel and Hardy! Go t...more

  • #58: Tracey Jackson & Paul Williams

    Jul 06 2015

    Screenwriter Tracey Jackson and legendary songwriter and actor Paul Williams join Gilbert and Frank at New York's famed Friars Club to talk about the launch of their new podcast and to cover a wide array of topics, including the "musicality" of comedy, the addiction of fame, and the movies that changed Paul and Tracey's lives. Also, Paul auditions for The Monkees, Tracey hangs with Hunter S. Thompson and Gilbert "favors" Paul by performing some of his greatest hits. PLUS: John Byner! The Jewish ...more

  • #53: Artie Lange

    Jun 01 2015

    Gilbert and Frank take a day trip to the New Jersey home of comedian, actor and former Howard Stern sideman Artie Lange to bash "Godfather Part III," praise their favorite character actors (paging Philip Baker Hall!) and laud the films of Sidney Lumet. Also, Artie disses Tom Cruise, dissects "Goodfellas" and dismisses "Mystery Men." PLUS: Peter Ustinov! Tom Waits! Black Don Rickles! Charles Nelson Reilly gives batting tips! And Gilbert sings again!

  • #50: Michael Nesmith

    May 11 2015

    Gilbert and Frank head to the 2015 Chiller Convention for a rare interview with musician, songwriter and producer Michael Nesmith, who looks back on everything from his mom's invention of Liquid Paper to his original "Monkees" screen test in October of '65. Also, Michael talks politics with John Lennon, pens a hit for Linda Ronstadt and remembers (sort of) Lon Chaney Jr. PLUS: Dennis Hopper! Tony Franciosa! The Monkees "sell out"! Roger McGuinn gets spiritual! And Jack Nicholson kills off the Pr...more

  • #33: James Karen

    Jan 11 2015

    Character actor extraordinaire James Karen has appeared in over 80 movies, over 100 television shows and a staggering 5,000 TV commercials. In a career spanning nearly 7 decades (!), he's worked with Frederic March, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford and Will Smith, to name but a few. Gilbert and Frank phoned James one recent Saturday night to cover a VERY wide range of topics, including his film debut in the immortal "Frankenstein Meets the S...more

  • #25: Bob Saget

    Nov 17 2014

    In one of our more...er..."free-spirited" episodes, Gilbert's old pal BOB SAGET drops by the historic Friars Club to plug his New York Times bestseller "Dirty Daddy" and to look back on his early days in the biz, his 8-year gig as a wholesome sitcom patriarch and his friendships with Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles. Also, Bob starts his own hate society, dreams about Buddy Hackett and Buddy Ebsen and grills Gilbert about his most memorable "casting couch" experiences. PLUS: Sam Kinison as the...more

  • #20: Weird Al Yankovic

    Oct 11 2014

    The man with the #1 album in America, the wildly inventive Weird Al Yankovic joins us to talk about everything from the history of novelty records to why he's forbidden to make eye contact with Prince. Also, Gilbert flashes Marge Simpson, prays to a statue of Red Buttons and loses a part to 3' 9" Billy Barty. PLUS: Dueling Crazy Guggenheims! Irving Berlin vs. Mad magazine! "Disco" Art Fleming! And Weird Al's "Mount Rushmore of Comedy"!

  • #5: Marty Allen

    Jun 30 2014

    Throughout the late 1950's and 60's, the comedy duo of Allen & Rossi performed to sold-out Vegas crowds, recorded bestselling comedy albums and made hundreds of TV appearances (44 of them on "The Ed Sullivan Show" show). Sadly, Steve Rossi passed away recently but a few weeks back, we tracked down the other half of the legendary team, 92-year-old (and still performing!) Marty Allen, to talk about his 60+ years in the business, his brushes with Elvis and the Beatles and the origin of the duo's si...more