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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

  • 273. Larry “Ratso” Sloman

    Aug 19 2019

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by author, journalist and songwriter (and Gilbert's old pal) Larry "Ratso" Sloman for a conversation about the Jewishness of Elvis Presley, the glory days of "Rolling Stone," the mysterious death of Harry Houdini and the new Martin Scorsese documentary, "Rolling Thunder: A Bob Dylan Story." Also, Al Lewis takes the stand, Joni Mitchell takes umbrage, Floyd the barber meets Robert Zimmerman and Ratso recalls adventures...more

  • 272. Griffin Dunne

    Aug 12 2019

    Actor, producer and director Griffin Dunne drops by the studio to talk about vanishing New York, teaming up with Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet, the timelessness of Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" and the life (and work) of his famous family members, Dominick Dunne and Joan Didion. Also, Otto Preminger takes a bad trip, Jerry Lewis interprets Gore Vidal, Griffin sneaks onto the set of "Gilligan's Island" and Tim Burton (almost) directs "After Hours." PLUS: "The P...more

  • 271. Ted Wass

    Aug 05 2019

    Actor-director Ted Wass ("Soap," "Oh God! You Devil," "Curse of the Pink Panther") regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about everyone from George Burns to James Coburn to Tony Randall, recalls the many controversies surrounding "Soap," and looks back on the impossible task of replacing the legendary Peter Sellers. Also, Raymond Burr narrates the Bible, Gilbert gushes over the "Sheena" movie, Frank reads the infamous "Soap" memo and Harvey Korman "owns" Ted's...more

  • 270. Neil Sedaka

    Jul 29 2019

    Gilbert and Frank are thrilled to welcome rock 'n' roll icon Neil Sedaka, who discusses growing up in Brooklyn, his apprenticeship at the famed Brill Building, his chart-topping collaborations with lyricist Howard Greenfield and his memories of Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Richard Rodgers and Paul McCartney (among others). Also, Bob Dylan offers praise, John Lennon provides inspiration, Mick Jagger buys a Sedaka record and Neil remembers his cousin Eydie Gorme.&nb...more

  • 269. "Twilight Zone" 60th Anniversary Panel with Gary Gerani, Nick Parisi and Anne Serling

    Jul 22 2019

    To mark the 60th anniversary of the original "Twilight Zone," Gilbert and Frank welcome historian Gary Gerani, author NickParisi and Rod Serling's daughter Anne Serling, to discuss one of the most groundbreaking programs in television history -- and the man 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 TZ actors. PLUS: "R...more

  • 268. Beverly D’Angelo

    Jul 15 2019

    Actress and singer Beverly D'Angelo ("National Lampoon's Vacation," "Hair," "Coal Miner's Daughter") joins Gilbert and Frank for a VERY spirited conversation about her long, strange trip through show business, her gig as a Hanna-Barbera storyboard artist, her enduring friendships with Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher and her on-screen collaborations with Woody Allen, Alan Arkin, Eddie Bracken, Ava Gardner and Peter O'Toole. Also: Beverly auditions for "R...more

  • 267. Charles Fox

    Jul 08 2019

    Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their favorite composers, Grammy and Emmy winner Charles Fox, who looks back on a six-decade career of writing top 40 hits ("Killing Me Softly with His Song") as well as music and themes for TV shows ("Happy Days," "Wonder Woman") feature films ("Barbarella," "9 to 5") and game shows ("Match Game," "What's My Line?"). Also, Charles teams with Barry Manilow, pens a tune for Burt Reynolds, witnesses the Ed Ames tomahawk incident and remembers friends Neal...more

  • 266. GGACP LIVE Singalong and Trivia Show

    Jul 01 2019

    Gilbert and Frank return to Sid Gold's Request Room in New York City for a LIVE singalong episode, accompanied by pianist extraordinaire Joe McGinty and a roomful of passionate (and knowledgeable!) listeners. Also, Helen Reddy gets the jump on Bette Midler, Herve Villechaize covers the Captain & Tennille, Gilbert picks a bone with Kenny Rogers and Dustin Hoffman shares the screen with Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. PLUS: Ace of Base! The songs of Shel Silverstein! "The Blind Man...more

  • 265. Gavin MacLeod

    Jun 24 2019

    Captain Stubing himself, actor Gavin MacLeod climbs aboard the Amazing Colossal Podcast for a fun-filled conversation about paying dues, playing bad guys, crushing on Marilyn Monroe, acting with (and without) a hairpiece and sharing a years-long friendship with the late, great Ted Knight. Also, Gavin praises Cary Grant, ad-libs with Peter Sellers, cuts the rug with Bing Crosby and breaks into the business with Martin Balsam, Martin Landau and Jack Warden. ...more

  • 264. Chip Kidd

    Jun 17 2019

    Award-winning designer, author and pop culture historian Chip Kidd joins Gilbert and Frank for a lively (and educational!) conversation about memorable movie posters, Jewish comic book creators, the convoluted history of Captain Marvel and the 80th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. Also, King Kong goes to Japan, Andrew Wyeth inspires Charles M. Schulz, Gilbert plays a Superman villain and Chip designs the iconic "Jurassic Park" logo. PLUS: Tobor the ...more

  • 263. Jeff Ross and Dave Attell

    Jun 10 2019

    Comedian and Roastmaster General Jeff Ross returns to the podcast (along with special drop-in guest Dave Attell) to talk about performing in the age of political correctness, using comedy as a teaching tool, the lesser-known stand-ups of the '50s and '60s and the Netflix series "Bumping Mics" and "Historical Roasts." Also, Aretha Franklin flips the bird, Jeff takes down Jerry Lewis, Dave gives props to Steve Martin (and Rod Serling) and the boys remem...more

  • 262. Ron Friedman Returns

    Jun 03 2019

    By popular demand, legendary television writer Ron Friedman ("The Odd Couple," "The Andy Griffith Show," "All in the Family," "Barney Miller") returns to discuss the structure of storytelling, the importance of escapism and the inspirations for Captain Marvel and the Sub-Mariner and to regale Gilbert and Frank with all-new stories about Lucille Ball, Lenny Bruce, Tony Randall, Danny Thomas and (of course) Pat McCormick. Also, Jack Benny takes a stand, Carol Wayne do...more

  • 261. Richard Marx

    May 27 2019

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter (and amateur comedian) Richard Marx for a conversation about the disappearance of "story songs," the futility of "chasing hit records," the long-lost art of commercial jingle writing and the versatility of film composers John Barry and Dave Grusin. Also, Charlie Chaplin pens a standard, Kenny Rogers pulls a shrewd move, Ben Gazzara pops into Gilbert's head and Tony Bennett and Bob Newhart remember Richard's dad, Dick...more

  • 260. John Davidson

    May 20 2019

    A long sought-after guest, singer-actor-TV host John Davidson (finally!) joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about his six decades in show business, his admiration for stand-up comedians, his ability to play the role of "John Davidson" and his memories of working with Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball, George Carlin, Bob Hope and Elvis Presley. Also, John dines with Walt Disney, opens for Jack Benny, steers clear of Paul Lynde and guest-hosts "The Tonight Show" 87 times. PLUS...more

  • Introducing Life is Short with Justin Long

    May 15 2019

    Life is Short with Justin Long finds the actor sitting down with some of the funniest and most intriguing people of today, like Dax Shepard, Olivia Wilde and Neil Patrick Harris. No topics are out of bounds, and no questions are too personal. Subscribe to Life is Short with Justin Long and start listening at wondery.fm/lifeisshort

  • 259. Irwin Winkler

    May 13 2019

    Oscar-winning producer Irwin Winkler ("Rocky," "Goodfellas," "Raging Bull," "The Right Stuff") looks back on a half-century of movie-making and shares behind-the-scenes stories about working with Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Lange and Kevin Kline (to name a few). Also, Al Pacino walks off the set, Sly Stallone sticks to his guns, Jerry Orbach befriends a mobster and Irwin tackles the Hollywood blacklist. PLUS: "They Shoot Hors...more

  • 258. Robert Wagner

    May 06 2019

    Gilbert and Frank welcome screen legend Robert Wagner, who talks about his years as a 20th Century Fox contract player, shares his memories of making the film classics "Harper," "The Pink Panther" and "The Towering Inferno" and looks back on his decades-long friendships with Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy. Also, Fred Astaire charms the crowd, Dean Martin drops by the set, David Niven comes in from the cold and Robert guest stars in ...more

  • 257. Paul Sand

    Apr 29 2019

    Tony-winning actor Paul Sand joins Gilbert and Frank to discuss the birth of improv comedy and the early days of Second City and shares his memories of working with Carol Burnett, Sid Caesar, Mary Tyler Moore, Zero Mostel and Barbara Streisand. Also, Judy Garland beats a retreat, Marcel Marceau joins the French Resistance, Paul tries on Harpo Marx's wig and a teenage Gilbert watches the filming of "The Hot Rock." PLUS: Elaine May! "The Mad Show"! Praising Valerie Ha...more

  • 256. J. Elvis Weinstein

    Apr 22 2019

    Writer, comedian, filmmaker and original "Mystery Science Theater 3000" cast member J. Elvis Weinstein visits the podcast to talk about the early days of MST3K, the originality of "Freaks and Geeks," the perverse appeal of "Skidoo" (and "Robot Monster") and the long lost art of novelty records. Also, Gregory Peck taunts Nazis, Foster Brooks breaks character, "WKRP" inspires Tom Servo and Albert Brooks sends up Dickie "Mr. Jaws" Goodman. PLUS: "Ghost Dad"! "Manos: Th...more

  • 255. Marx Brothers Round Table with Robert S. Bader, Josh Frank and Bill Marx

    Apr 15 2019

    Lifelong Marx Brothers fanatics Gilbert and Frank are joined by a panel of Marx aficionados, including authors Robert S. Bader("Four of the Three Musketeers"), Josh Frank ("Giraffes on Horseback Salad") and Harpo's son, Bill Marx. Also: Chico works blue, Salvador Dali meets Louis B. Mayer, Harpo shares a bill with Allan Sherman and Bill visits the set of "Love Happy." PLUS: "The Big Store"! Harpo goes to Russia! Groucho livens up the pa...more

  • 254. Nancy Allen

    Apr 08 2019

    Gilbert and Frank welcome actress Nancy Allen ("Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "RoboCop") for an engrossing conversation about her 40+ year career in movies, her firsthand experience of Hollywood's "New Wave," her love of film noir and her memories of working with influential directors Hal Ashby, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. Also, Roger Moore holds court, John Belushi turns on the charm, Gilbert stands in for Sissy Spacek and Nancy sees a (very...more

  • 253. Shep Gordon

    Apr 01 2019

    The legendary "Supermensch," talent manager and producer Shep Gordon joins Gilbert and Frank from his Hawaii home to share storied tales of his 50+ years in rock 'n' roll and to talk about the pitfalls of fame, the importance of "making history," the secret of client-manager relationships and the benefits of "bad" publicity. Also, Janis Joplin packs a punch, Cary Grant adopts a cat, Elton John gets showered in panties and Shep saves Raquel Welch from a wardrobe malfunction.&n...more

  • 252. Andrew Bergman

    Mar 25 2019

    "Serpentine!" Screenwriter-director Andrew Bergman regales Gilbert and Frank with behind-the-scenes stories from two of cinema's most unforgettable comedies, "Blazing Saddles" and "The In-Laws," and looks back on working with showbiz legends George Burns, Red Buttons, Maximillian Schell, Jack Warden and (notably) Marlon Brando. Also, Johnny Carson turns down the Waco Kid, Richard Libertini "destroys" Alan Arkin, Gilbert writes a fan letter to Lon Chaney Jr. and Andrew's ...more

  • GGACP Weekend Bonus Episode: Alan Alda's M*A*S*H Reunion

    Mar 22 2019

    Gilbert and Frank show their appreciation for previous guest Alan Alda by posting this M*A*S*H cast reunion show (from Alan's podcast "Clear + Vivid") as a special GGACP Weekend Bonus Episode (for those who may have missed it):M*A*S*H is the most beloved and one of the most watched TV shows of all time. It set viewing records that have never been broken and is ranked as one of the top 25 shows of all time. In this exclusive podcast, actors from this legendary show gather together for an uproario...more

  • 251. Kliph Nesteroff

    Mar 18 2019

    Historian, bestselling author and "King of Comedy Lore" Kliph Nesteroff returns to the podcast to serve up an all-new assortment of scandalous showbiz tales and to hold court on a host of essential topics, including Hollywood's flirtation with fascism, the strange predilections of Bud Abbott and George Jessel, the mob's iron grip on the nightclub circuit and the rise and fall of celebrity fast food franchises. Also, Stu Gilliam goes berserk, Rock Hudson "m...more

  • 250. 250th Episode Call-in Show Spectacular!

    Mar 11 2019

    Gilbert, Frank and the GGACP team celebrate episode #250 by fielding questions, comments and requests from fans and listeners in California, Ohio, Indiana, Washington, South Carolina and even Australia. Also in this episode: Lon Chaney grows a 'stache, Jackie Mason makes his move, Marty Allen inspires the masses and  Danny Thomas perfects the "spit take." PLUS: Rod Hull and His Emu! Iago sings again! In praise of Wacky Packages! The Richard Kind Fan Club! The genius of Bob Ei...more

  • 249. David McCallum

    Mar 04 2019

    The OTHER "Man from Uncle," TV icon David McCallum drops by the studio to talk about his days as a sex symbol and pop culture sensation, his lesser-known recording career, his star turn in a memorable "Outer Limits" episode and his roles in the film classics "A Night to Remember" and "The Great Escape." Also, David hosts "Hullabaloo," sings with Nancy Sinatra, cuts the rug with George Burns and shares a bill with Ray Charles and Ike & Tina Turner. PLUS: "Frankenstein: The...more

  • 248. Austin Pendleton

    Feb 25 2019

    Gilbert and Frank sit down with another sought-after guest, Tony-nominated actor-director Austin Pendleton, for an entertaining conversation about the randomness of success, the myth of comic timing, the plight of character actors and the secret of surviving in a business without rules. Also, Austin directs Elizabeth Taylor, replaces Dustin Hoffman, turns down Robert Altman and shares the screen with Jackie Gleason, Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman and Barbra...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

  • 162. Norman Lear

    Jul 03 2017

    Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their most sought-after guests, iconic writer-producer-director Norman Lear, who 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 friend Carroll O'Connor. PLUS: James...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"!

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