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Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

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Comedy, Arts, Tv & Film, Visual Arts

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Overview

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.

895 Episodes

GGACP Classic: “Twilight Zone” 60th Anniversary Panel with Gary Gerani, Nick Parisi and Anne Serling

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 June 2024

The Last Detail And The Parallax View Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 17 June 2024

Malcolm McDowell Part 2

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 June 2024

Malcolm McDowell Part 1

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

Transcribed - Published: 10 June 2024

Mario Cantone Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 3 June 2024

GGACP Classic: Tales of Hollywood with Sandy Helberg

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

Transcribed - Published: 30 May 2024

Lee Meriwether & Julie Newmar Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 27 May 2024

GGACP Classic: Ron Dante

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

Transcribed - Published: 23 May 2024

Alan Zweibel Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 20 May 2024

GGACP Classic: Bob Burns

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

Transcribed - Published: 16 May 2024

Roger Corman Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 13 May 2024

GGACP Classic: Farewell, Mr. Warmth

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

Transcribed - Published: 9 May 2024

David Steinberg Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 6 May 2024

GGACP Classic: Gilbert Sings!

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

Transcribed - Published: 2 May 2024

Raybone's Record Collection Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 29 April 2024

GGACP Classic: Election and Save the Tiger

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

Transcribed - Published: 25 April 2024

Charlotte Rae Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 22 April 2024

GGACP Classic: Eric & Eliza Roberts

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

Transcribed - Published: 18 April 2024

Billy West Encore

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

Transcribed - Published: 15 April 2024

GGACP Classic: Charade and The Conversation

GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece "The Conversation" (originally opened April 7, 1972) by revisiting this mini-episode from 2015, as Gilbert praises the classic thriller he previously introduced on Turner Classic Movies. Also, Robert Duvall makes the scene, Harrison Ford makes a bold choice, Allen Garfield becomes Allen Goorwitz and the boys look back at the short -- but memorable -- career of John Cazale. PLUS: Frank recommends the Cary Grant-Audrey Hepburn starrer "Charade"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 April 2024

Gabe Kaplan Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor, writer, comedian and friend of the podcast Gabe Kaplan (b. March 31) with this ENCORE of a memorable interview from 2021. In this episode, Gabe joins Gilbert and Frank for a hilarious conversation about working strip clubs and Burlesque houses, meeting (and portraying) Groucho Marx, the clunkiness of the Dean Martin Roasts and the backstage drama of "Welcome Back Kotter." Also, Jack Carter buys a shirt, Buddy Hackett makes an omelet, Pat McCormick passes out on Jerry Lewis' couch and Gabe crosses paths with Jack Ruby and Golda Meir. PLUS: "Battle of the Network Stars"! The comedy of Buddy Mantia (and London Lee)! Howard Cosell narrates the Bible! Richard Pryor makes a run for it! And Gilbert auditions to play...Chico Marx!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 April 2024

GGACP Classic: Peter Marshall

GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor, singer and former “Hollywood Squares” host Peter Marshall (b. March 28) with this CLASSIC presentation of an interview from 2016! In this episode, Peter regales Gilbert and Frank with irresistible stories about Redd Foxx, the mob, Glenn Ford, Uncle Miltie’s “apparatus” and Charlie Weaver’s (and Vincent Price’s!) sexual proclivities. Also, Peter croons with Bing, tours with Bob Hope, gets roasted by Orson Welles and runs afoul of John Wayne. PLUS: Al Jolson schmoozes! Phil Silvers does “Who’s on First”! Gilbert ticks off Marlon Brando! Peter and Nanette Fabray hit a nudie bar! And the definitive version of the Paul Lynde/Golddiggers story! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 March 2024

Ben Mankiewicz Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday of Hollywood historian and Turner Classics Movies host Ben Mankiewicz (b. March 25) with this ENCORE presentation of an interview from 2021. In this episode, Ben joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about (among other topics) his famous family, the depiction of grandfather Herman Mankiewicz in David Fincher’s “Mank,” the real authorship of “Citizen Kane” and his well-received TCM podcast “The Plot Thickens.” Also, Mickey Rooney finds religion, Harpo Marx goes to a seder, Jerry Lewis leaves a mysterious voicemail and Ben remembers the late, great Robert Osborne. PLUS: “Duck Soup”! “Mad Dog of Europe”! Tony Curtis: fashion icon! Kirk Douglas knocks Joseph Mankiewicz! And Ben interviews Sophia Loren, Ernest Borgnine and Max von Sydow! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 March 2024

GGACP Classic: M. Emmet Walsh

GGACP salutes the life and career of the late, legendary character actor M. Emmet Walsh (“Blade Runner,” “Fletch,” “The Jerk”) by revisiting this memorable (to say the least) interview from 2018. In this episode, Emmet talks about nailing auditions, stealing scenes, reinventing characters and humanizing heavies and bad guys. Also, Laurence Oliver gets “the wish,” Henry Fonda rallies the troops, Lauren Bacall reads the riot act and the Coen Brothers pay in cash. PLUS: The Stanton-Walsh rule! J. Carrol Naish! Loving Lee Grant! Deconstructing “Blood Simple”! And Emmet plays “tennis” with Paul Newman, Robert Redford and Harrison Ford! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 21 March 2024

Colin Quinn Encore

GGACP celebrates Irish American Heritage Month (and a belated St. Patrick's Day!) by presenting this ENCORE of a 2021 interview with comedian, writer and actor Colin Quinn. In this episode, Colin joins Gilbert and Frank for a frequently hilarious conversation about vanishing Manhattan, awkward celebrity encounters, the gritty cinema of Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese and his one-person show, “Colin Quinn: The Last Best Hope.” Also, Rod Steiger holds a grudge, Pat Cooper blows his stack, Kate Winslet shops at a bodega and Colin remembers the late, great Norm MacDonald. PLUS: Michael V. Gazzo! “The Panic in Needle Park”! The comedy stylings of Jan Murray! In praise of Steve Buscemi! Norman Lloyd hangs with Babe Ruth! And the boys deconstruct “Titanic,” “The Departed” and “The Godfather: Part III”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 March 2024

GGACP Classic: Barbara Feldon

GGACP celebrates the birthday of “Agent 99” herself, the funny and charming Barbara Feldon (b. March 12) by revisiting this interview from way back in 2014. In this episode, Barbara shares warm memories of “Get Smart” co-stars Don Adams, Ed Platt and Bernie Kopell and offers her take on the Steve Carell-Anne Hathaway feature film version. Also, Barbara reminisces about working with everyone from Dean Martin to Bruce Dern and reveals how she managed to win $64,000 on a quiz show. PLUS: Gilbert channels John McGiver! A live rendition of the “99” song! Barbara auditions to be a stripper! And the worst TV movie ever made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 March 2024

GGACP Classic: Bob Bergen and Rob Paulsen

GGACP celebrates the upcoming birthdays (March 8, March 11) of award-winning voice actors Bob Bergen (Tweety, Porky Pig, Marvin the Martian) and Rob Paulsen (Pinky, Yakko, Jimmy Neutron) by revisiting this funny and moving interview from 2019. In this episode, Bob and Rob talk about the loyalty of voice performers, giving back to fans, the generosity of Daws Butler and Casey Kasem and the voices behind Toucan Sam, Charlie the Tuna and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Also, Orson Welles hits the bottle, Mickey Rooney “inspires” Walt Disney, Rob hangs with Rip Taylor (and Jonathan Harris) and 14-year-old Bob cold-calls Mel Blanc. PLUS: “What’s Opera Doc?” The genius of Randy Rogel! The outrageousness of Bob Ridgely! Remembering Marvin Kaplan! And Bob teaches Gilbert to do Porky Pig! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 7 March 2024

Richard Lewis Encore

GGACP remembers our beloved and brilliant friend Richard Lewis with this ENCORE of a memorable conversation from 2017. In this episode, Richard discusses the 9th season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and reminisces about his 45 years in comedy, his history of "nightmare gigs" and his relationships with Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Lewis, Don Rickles and Jonathan Winters. Also, Larry David goes to camp, David Brenner buys a stapler, the Juggalos heckle Lionel Atwill and Richard (sort of) joins the mile-high club. PLUS: John Cassavetes! The legend of Fred de Cordova! "The Island of Dr. Moreau"! Richard plays Carnegie Hall! And Gilbert plays Queen Elizabeth! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 March 2024

GGACP Classic: Michael McKean

GGACP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of "This Is Spinal Tap"(March 2, 1984) by revisiting this 2016 interview with Emmy-nominated actor-writer and Oscar-nominated musician Michael McKean. In this episode, Michael looks back on his days in the sketch troupe The Credibility Gap, recalls his brief stint at "Saturday Night Live," reveals the amusing origin of Lenny and Squiggy and praises the improvisational cinema of Christopher Guest. Also, Norm Macdonald loses his cool, Spinal Tap meets Joe Franklin, Rod Steiger channels "Il Duce" and Michael and Gilbert compare life mask collections. PLUS: Remembering Zacherle! The genius of Richard Libertini! "Abbott and Costello Go to Mars"! Cannonball Adderley buys the farm! And "The Square, Square World of Dick Conti"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 February 2024

Six Degrees of Gilbert Gottfried Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday of our late fearless leader, Gilbert (b. February 28, 1955) with an ENCORE of this truly funny mini-episode from 2018, in which the boys play a Gilbert Gottfried-themed version of "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon." Also, Gilbert hangs with Freddy Krueger, Danny Thomas shops at Ethan Allen, Sir Ian McKellen goes slumming and Raybone acquires a strange new affliction. PLUS: Sidney Poitier! Natalie Hershlag! “The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle”! Johnny Carson turns down Martin Scorsese! Lon Chaney Jr. meets the Monkees! And the return of the Scarlett Johansson robot! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 26 February 2024

GGACP Classic: Peter Fonda

GGACP marks the birthday of director, producer and counterculture hero Peter Fonda (b. February 23) by revisiting this fascinating interview (one of GIlbert's favorites) from 2018. In this episode, Peter talks about the making of "Easy Rider," his complex relationship with his legendary dad and his encounters with Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, John Lennon and Ernest Hemingway (among others). Also, Dennis Hopper holds a grudge, Elvis straps on a helmet, Jack Nicholson steps in for Rip Torn and Victor Mature gives a bravura performance. PLUS: The genius of Terry Southern! In praise of Christopher Plummer! The Monkees foot the bill! The Beatles find inspiration! And Peter names his favorite Henry Fonda movie! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 February 2024

Kliph Nesteroff Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday of historian, bestselling author and “King of Comedy Lore” Kliph Nesteroff (b. February 20) with this ENCORE of an unforgettable interview from 2019, featuring an all-new assortment of salacious and scandalous showbiz tales. Also in this episode: Hollywood’s flirts with fascism, the strange predilections of Bud Abbott, the mob’s iron grip on the nightclub circuit and the rise and fall of celebrity fast food franchises. PLUS: The Mad Russian! Stu Gilliam goes berserk! Jerry Lewis pulls a gun! Sammy Davis Jr. joins the Church of Satan! And Kliph gets a surprise phone call from Steve Martin! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 19 February 2024

GGACP Classic: Dennis DeYoung

GGACP celebrates the birthday of rock/pop icon and former Styx frontman Dennis DeYoung (b. February 18) by revisiting this in-depth interview from 2020. In this episode, Dennis talks about the birth of the Beatles, the death of rock n’ roll, opening for Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa and teaming with Julian Lennon for his new album “26 East, Volume One.” Also, Dean Martin mocks the Stones, Alice Cooper pulls out the stops, Eric Cartman covers “Come Sail Away” and Dennis reveals the biggest downside to being a rock star. PLUS: Dr. Demento! In praise of Antony Newley! Bob Hope wears love beads! Slim Pickens joins a Styx tour! And Dennis serenades the boys with “Babe” and “Lady”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 February 2024

Jackie Martling Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday (b. February 14) of friend, comedian and former “Howard Stern Show” writer Jackie “The Joke Man” Martling with this ENCORE of a sprawling, no-holds-barred conversation about Hollywood urban myths, Joe E. Ross’ hooker habit, the eccentricities of Tiny Tim and the vindictiveness of Ed Sullivan and Arthur Godfrey. Also, Jackie tells a joke to Sir Paul, Gilbert riffs on Jackie Mason, George Jessel turns down “The Jazz Singer” and Johnny Roselli scams the Friars Club. PLUS: Otto & George! Gilbert “Dice” Gottfried! The legend of Joe Ancis! And the origin of the “Jackie puppet”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 12 February 2024

GGACP Classic: John Amos Returns

GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary (!) of the groundbreaking Norman Lear sitcom "Good Times" (premiered February 8, 1974) by revisiting this charming mini-episode interview with star John Amos. Also in this episode: Jack Cassidy! "704 Hauser"! Tom Hanks sings a TV jingle! Gilbert writes a Superboy comic! And John remembers Mary Tyler Moore! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 February 2024

Frank's Record Collection Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday of co-host Frank Santopadre (b. February 7) with this ENCORE of a wildly entertaining mini-episode from 2019, as Frank tries to stump Gilbert (and Raybone) with some oldies but goodies from his collection of 1960s-70s-era 45s. Also in this episode: the poster boys of one-hit wonders, the versatility of Mel Torme, the genius of Jimmy Webb (and P.F. Sloan!) and the musical stylings of David Soul. PLUS: Johnny Rivers! Zager and Evans predict the future! Gilbert opens for Buster Poindexter! And the tragic tale of Badfinger! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 5 February 2024

GGACP Classic: George Zucco and Gene Hackman

GGACP celebrates (belatedly) the birthday of Oscar-winning screen legend Gene Hackman (b. Jan 30, 1930) by revisiting this mini-episode from 2016 as Gilbert and Frank analyze Hackman's career and body of work. Also in this episode: Boris Karloff’s revenge! Unwieldy movie titles of the 1960s and ’70s! Jackie Gleason busts a drug ring! And Gilbert obsesses about George Zucco! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 February 2024

Gino Conforti Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday (b. January 30) of a friend of the podcast, veteran character actor Gino Conforti ("Three's Company," "That Girl," "Man of La Mancha") with this ENCORE of an entertaining interview from 2018. In this episode, Gino talks about the life of a "journeyman" actor and looks back on his working relationships with Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr., Zero Mostel, Debbie Reynolds and Orson Welles. Also, Sophia Loren takes a spill, Jerome Robbins takes a powder, Jonathan Winters comes to dinner and Gilbert and Gino remember the late, great John Ritter. PLUS: "Bungle Abbey"! Uncle Carl Laemmle! In praise of Tom Hanks! Gino "befriends" Sally Field! And the Golden Helmet of Mambrino! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 29 January 2024

GGACP Classic: Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar

GGACP celebrates the 40th anniversary of a movie that inspired the podcast, Woody Allen's "Broadway Danny Rose" (released January 27, 1984) by revisiting this funny and fascinating conversation with one of the film's performers, comedian and director Howard Storm. In this episode, Howard (accompanied by writer Steve Stoliar) talks about the glory days of burlesque, the heyday of Jewish gangsters, the challenges of directing Redd Foxx, Don Rickles and Robin Williams and Howard's entertaining memoir (co-authored by Steve), "The Imperfect Storm." Also, Desi Arnaz saves the day, Raquel Welch acts the diva, Harry Belafonte breaks Jack Rollins' heart and Howard crosses swords with Don Adams, Lucille Ball and George Jessel. PLUS: Wayland Flowers and Madame! Praising Valerie Harper! The genius of Bud Abbott! And the return of "Dueling Grouchos"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 January 2024

Aaron Lee & Rainn Wilson Encore

GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy-nominated actor Rainn Wilson (b. January 20, 1966) by posting this ENCORE of a memorable 2021 interview with Rainn and writer-producer Aaron Lee. In this episode, Rainn and Aaron talk nerd culture, haunted houses, the many moods of Jerry Lewis, the staying power of "The Office" and the outrageousness of the Comedy Central roasts. Also, Gilbert plays a horse, Aaron pens jokes for Larry Flynt, Rainn wrestles Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Henny Youngman teams with the "Godfather of Gore." PLUS: "Zardoz"! "Clutch Cargo"! The comedy of Foster Brooks! "The Osbourne Family Christmas"! Rainn hangs with Pete Best! And Aaron remembers the late, great Mike McPadden! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 22 January 2024

GGACP Classic: Bob Hope Specials and Richard Lester

GGACP celebrates the 92nd birthday of innovative film director -- and long-sought podcast guest -- Richard Lester (b. January 19, 1932), by revisiting this double topic mini-ep from 2016. In this episode, the boys look back on the American-born expatriate's impressive list of collaborators (Peter Sellers, Sean Connery, the Beatles, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore, et al.) as well as his influence on everyone from Martin Scorsese to Steven Soderbergh. Also: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"! John Lennon wins the war! Ted Bessell does George Jessel! The enduring appeal of "A Hard Day's Night"! And Gilbert weighs in on the Spice Girls movie! PLUS: The very first discussion of Bob Hope's "Jack Frost"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 January 2024

Henry Winkler Encore

GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary of the classic situation comedy "Happy Days" (premiered January 15, 1974) with this ENCORE of a 2015 conversation with actor-producer-director Henry Winkler. In this episode, Henry talks about struggling with dyslexia, befriending Ron Howard and John Ritter, working with screen legends Gene Kelly and Katherine Hepburn and portraying one of TV's most indelible characters, Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Also, Henry helps discover Marlee Matlin, meets John (and Julian) Lennon, recalls the genius of a young Robin Williams and explains the mysterious disappearance of Chuck Cunningham! PLUS: Fonzie parts the Red Sea! Sly Stallone paints his windows black! Henry turns down "Grease"! And Gilbert "sings" the "Lords of Flatbush" theme! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 15 January 2024

GGACP Classic: Jack Jones

GGGACP celebrates the birthday of Grammy-winning singer and recording artist Jack Jones (b. January 14) by revisiting this entertaining interview from 2022. In this episode, Jack joins Gilbert and Frank for a conversation about headlining in the heyday of Vegas, touring Vietnam with Bob Hope, recording the theme from "The Love Boat" and working alongside his dad, actor-singer (and Marx Brothers co-star) Allan Jones. Also: Frank Sinatra plays Charades, Cesar Romero plays matchmaker, Gilbert shares his admiration for Fritz ("pop!") Feld and Jack shares the screen with Jack Benny, Judy Garland and Phil Silvers. PLUS: "Wives and Lovers"! "Playboy After Dark"! The comedy of Joe E. Lewis! The "charisma" of Ed Sullivan! And Jack reflects on his friendships with Tony Bennett, Steve Lawrence and Don Rickles! (Our thanks to Jim Della Croce and Gino Salomone!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 11 January 2024

70s and 80s Cop Shows Encore

GGACP bids farewell to late "Starsky & Hutch" star David Soul with this ENCORE of a 2016 mini-episode about classic cop shows (and TV movies) from the 1970s and 80s, including "Murder Can Hurt You," which included a sendup of Soul and Paul Michael Glaser's popular actioner (and featured two "Amazing Colossal" podcast guests!). Also: Tony Curtis gets paged, David Cassidy goes undercover, Art Carney joins forces with a rabbi and the boys look back at the "NBC Mystery Movie" anthology series. PLUS: "Crazy Like a Fox"! "Tenspeed and Brownshoe"! The dulcet tones of Ernie Anderson! Peter Lorre sells antiques! And Gilbert hangs with Charlie Sheen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 8 January 2024

GGACP Classic: Gino Salomone’s Answering Machine Messages from the Stars!

GGACP celebrates the birthday of actress Dyan Cannon (b. January 4) by revisiting this relevant (and frequently hilarious) mini-episode from 2018, featuring friend, entertainment reporter and talent booker Gino Salomone. In this episode, Gino shares treasured answering machine messages from various celebrities, including Burt Ward, Larry "Bud" Melman and Russell "The Professor" Johnson (among others). PLUS: Ruth Buzzi! “Death to Smoochy”! The legend of Timmie Rogers! Florence Henderson sends up Bogie! Gilbert ticks off Alan King! And Gino turns down a request from the Caped Crusader! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 4 January 2024

The Best of Celebrity Meltdowns Encore

GGACP offers a late-season Christmas/Hanukkah gift to our listeners by presenting this ENCORE of one of the podcast's most beloved mini-episodes, 2019's "The Best of Celebrity Meltdowns," featuring secret recordings of celebrities losing their cool (and then some). This week: Sampling Casey Kasem! Gilbert covers Clarence Carter! Buddy Rich inspires Drew Friedman (and Jerry Seinfeld)! Al Pacino takes a page from Paul Anka! And Charles Foster Kane pitches frozen peas! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 1 January 2024

GGACP Classic: Obscure Christmas Movies

GGACP continues its celebration of the 2023 holiday season by revisiting this mini-show from 2017 as Gilbert, Frank and Raybone take a longer look at some lesser-known (and deservedly so, in some cases) Christmas flicks, including "Susan Slept Here," "Pocketful of Miracles," "A Carol for Another Christmas," "Santa Claus vs. the Devil" and "The Christmas That Almost Wasn't." Also in this episode: The cinema of Sonny Fox! Grizzly Adams to the rescue! Gilbert dons a Santa suit! Frank Capra cries plagiarism! And the squirrel that saved Christmas! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 28 December 2023

Christmas 2021 with Mario Cantone Encore

GGACP welcomes Christmas 2023 with this ENCORE of the final (2021) holiday show featuring actor, singer and fan favorite Mario Cantone. In this episode, Mario discusses a sackful of topics, including the joys of Albert Finney’s “Scrooge,” the enduring appeal of the Snow Miser, the genius of Stephen Sondheim and the 100th birthday of Judy Garland. Also, Mel Gibson celebrates Hanukkah (!), Gilbert replaces Kim Cattrall, Bette Davis makes like Maria von Trapp and Emannuel Lewis learns the true meaning of Christmas. PLUS: “Cricket on the Hearth”! The ghost of Charles Nelson Reilly! Iago sings! Santa hangs ten! Mario reenacts “The Birds”! And the boys get a surprise Christmas visit from a showbiz legend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 25 December 2023

Christmas Novelty Songs with Mario Cantone Encore

GGACP celebrates the 2023 holiday season with this ENCORE of a memorable and musical mini-episode from 2016, as the irrepressible Mario Cantone joins the boys for a loving look at Christmas novelty songs, including timeless classics and tuneless clunkers. Also in this episode: Dueling Dylans! Dominick the Donkey! Gilbert gets a Christmas tree! The return of Bob Hope’s ‘Jack Frost’! And Tony Curtis puts the moves on Bette Davis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 18 December 2023

GGACP Classic: Gilbert Opens Christmas Gifts from Listeners

GGACP officially ushers in the 2023 holiday season by revisiting this short but sweet mini-episode from 2018, as Gilbert gleefully opens Christmas gifts from worshipful fans -- including coffee table (!) books, collectible magazines, homemade holiday CDs, hand-drawn greeting cards and other podcast-specific goodies. Also in this episode: Chick Tracts presents "The Death Cookie," the music of the Johnny Gregory Orchestra, Gilbert warbles the Chock Full O' Nuts jingle and the first mention of future Facebook funster Michele Mantynen! PLUS: Rondo Hatton! Blind Lemon Raybone! “Boris Karloff’s Tales of Mystery”! “Dr. Butcher: Medical Deviate”! And “The Gilbert Gottfried Munchausen by Proxy Telethon"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Transcribed - Published: 14 December 2023

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