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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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"!