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Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called “a national treasure,” talks with the show business legends, icons and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Along with co-host and fellow pop culture fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert is jo…

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    Sally Struthers Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 70:47

    In this conclusion of a memorable two-part episode, veteran screen and stage actress Sally Struthers regales Gilbert and Frank with entertaining backstage tales from "All in the Family," "The Gilmore Girls" and the all-female production of Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," while sharing personal recollections of Joan Crawford, David Frost, Betty Garrett, Liz Torres and her idol and hero Ruth Gordon. Also, Burgess Meredith philosophizes, Katharine Hepburn paints a birthday card, Sally "gooses" Dennis the Menace and Mel Blanc shows off his vanity license plate. PLUS: Burt Mustin! "Harold and Maude"! "The Great Houdini"! The genius of Rupert Holmes! Colonel Potter goes to Russia! And Sally dates the King of Rock 'n' Roll and...wait for it...Pat McCormick! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    GGACP Classic: Peter Bogdanovich

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2022 96:17

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate the life of late director, critic and film historian Peter Bogdanovich with this 2016 episode about the making of "Citizen Kane," the influence of John Ford and Howard Hawks, the B-movies of Roger Corman and the decline of the Hollywood studio system. Also, Peter befriends Cary Grant, Gilbert meets Richard Pryor, Jimmy Stewart recites a poem and Alfred Hitchcock orders a steak. PLUS: Kenneth Mars! Orson Welles' lost film! Walter Brennan comes alive! Peter remembers John Ritter! And the strange death of Thomas Ince! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Sally Struthers Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 72:37

    In the first part of a two-part episode, Emmy-winning actress Sally Struthers joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating and laugh-filled conversation about the aloofness of Rudy Vallee, the eccentricities of Sam Peckinpah, the versatility of Bill Dana, the unexplainable existence of "The Phynx" and the recent 50th anniversary of "All in the Family." Also, Jack Nicholson shops at Tiffany's, Steve McQueen romances Ali MacGraw, Rod Steiger gives Sally the heebie-jeebies and Bob Hope visits the “Planet of the Shapes." PLUS: Jack Benny! Ned Glass! "Five Easy Pieces"! "The Tim Conway Comedy Hour"! The many faces of Sammy Davis Jr! And Sally remembers friends and co-stars Carroll O'Connor and Jean Stapleton! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    GGACP Classic: Bob Einstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 80:07

    This week on "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Classics": to mark the release of the new HBO documentary "The Super Bob Einstein Movie," Gilbert and Frank present a memorable episode from 2016 featuring legendary writer-actor-producer Bob Einstein. In this episode, Bob 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!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Kenny Loggins Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 101:52

    In this encore presentation of an episode from 2019, Gilbert and Frank welcome Grammy and Emmy-winning singer-songwriter Kenny Loggins for a revealing conversation about the rewards of collaboration, the mystery of the creative process, the challenge of composing songs for the movies "Top Gun" and "Footloose" and his "accidental" partnership with writer-producer Jim Messina. Also, Kenny tries out for "Hair," mimics Bob Dylan (and Tina Turner!), steers clear of the disco era and teams with Richard Marx, Stevie Nicks and Michael McDonald. PLUS: Stealer's Wheel! The genius of Clive Davis! Anne Murray covers "Danny's Song"! Gilbert auditions for "Caddyshack II"! And Kenny (and Gilbert) guest star on "Family Guy"! Special thanks to Rick Cowling, Michael Jensen and Ryan Romenesko! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Celebrating "A Charlie Brown's Christmas" Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 108:00

    In this encore of an episode from 2020, Gilbert and Frank are joined by writer-producer Craig Schulz ("The Peanuts Movie") and author-archivist Chip Kidd ("Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz") for an in-depth look at the origin and legacy of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the enduring genius of the man behind it. Also, Snoopy crushes on Peggy Fleming, Linus makes prime time history, Barney Google inspires a lifelong nickname and Craig introduces his father's work to a new generation. PLUS: Joe Shlabotnik! "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown"! The brilliance of Vince Guaraldi! The artistry of Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson! And the experts reveal their favorite "Peanuts" strips of all time! (Special thanks to Charles Kochman, Melissa Menta, Lindsey Schulz and John Murray!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Christmas 2021 with Mario Cantone

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 96:12

    Gilbert and Frank usher in yet another holiday season with actor, singer and fan favorite Mario Cantone, who chimes in on a sackful of topics, including the joys of Albert Finney's "Scrooge," the enduring appeal of the Snow Miser, the genius of Stephen Sondheim, the 100th birthday of Judy Garland and the new "Sex in the City" reboot, "And Just Like That." 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! Santa hangs ten! Iago sings! Mario reenacts "The Birds"! And the boys get a surprise Christmas visit from a showbiz legend! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Terry Zwigoff

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 107:34

    Gilbert and Frank welcome Oscar-nominated writer-director and devoted GGACP fan Terry Zwigoff ("Crumb," "Ghost World," "Bad Santa") for a funny and candid conversation about clueless focus groups, misbehaving movie stars, tacked-on happy endings, the twisted genius of Drew Friedman and the comedy stylings of Margaret Dumont. Also, Cloris Leachman requests a nude scene, Mickey Rooney auditions to play an elf, Jeanne Moreau buys a ticket to "Crumb" and Woody Allen mistakes Gilbert for a Native American. PLUS: "Louie Bluie"! Joe Cobb! Paulie Walnuts! The art of Basil Wolverton! In praise of John Ritter! And Gilbert reads the greatest film review of all time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Barry Sonnenfeld

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 121:05

    Director-producer-raconteur Barry Sonnenfeld returns to the podcast for an entertaining and informative conversation about the timelessness of "Dr. Strangelove,” the genius of Elmore Leonard, the shortcomings of "Wild Wild West," the technical wizardry of "Raising Arizona" and the 30th anniversary (and new 4K release) of 1991's "The Addams Family." Also, Keenan Wynn plays it straight, Will Smith yuks it up, Christopher Lloyd reimagines Uncle Fester and James Caan moves into the Playboy mansion. PLUS: "Touch of Evil"! "Pushing Daisies"! Praising Patrick Warburton! The art of Pablo Ferro! The legend of Phil Gersh! And Barry remembers Dennis Farina, Albert Finney and Raul Julia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Max Allan Collins and Dave Thomas

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 113:08

    In one of their funniest and most wide-ranging episodes to date, Gilbert and Frank welcome author-mystery writer Max Allan Collins and actor-comedian Dave Thomas for an entertaining conversation about the influence of Mad magazine, the genius of Jack Webb, the strange passions of Raymond Burr, the rise and fall of Bob Hope, the war between Al Capone and Elliot Ness and Max and Dave's new science fiction/crime novel "The Many Lives of Jimmy Leighton." Also, John Cleese demands breakfast, Max impresses Warren Beatty, Gilbert cuts the rug with John Travolta and Dave weighs in on the horrors of "Joys" and "Jack Frost." PLUS: Fearless Fosdick! Senor Wences! "The Road to Hong Kong"! Remembering Tom Poston! Santa Claus meets Liberace! Max praises "A Night in Casablanca"! And Jerry Lewis (literally) transforms into Buddy Love! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Ron Leibman and Jessica Walter Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 95:22

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate Thanksgiving by giving thanks for one of their most cherished episodes and two of their favorite guests, the late, great (and greatly missed) actors Ron Leibman ("The Hot Rock," "Where's Poppa?", "Angels in America") and Jessica Walter ("Play Misty for Me," "Arrested Development," "Archer"). Also in this episode: Ron stars in the Mad magazine movie, Jessica wrestles a woman (or two), Gilbert covers Bobby Vinton and Jerry Lewis "borrows" from Harry Ritz. PLUS: "Amy Prentiss"! Praising George Segal! Remembering Art Metrano! "Zorro, the Gay Blade"! The return of Rickie Layne and Velvel! And "Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    The "Columbo" 50th Anniversary Show with David Koenig

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 103:15

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the series premiere of "Columbo," Gilbert and Frank are joined by author and pop culture historian David Koenig for a loving look at the iconic show, its mercurial star Peter Falk, its impressive lineup of guest killers and character actors and David's new book, "Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV's Rumpled Detective." Also in this episode: Bing Crosby takes a pass, Eddie Albert speaks his mind Steven Spielberg knocks it out of the park and Larry Cohen signs on as a "murder consultant." PLUS: Vito Scotti! The brilliance of Jack Cassidy! The genius of Levinson & Link! The debacle of "Mrs. Columbo"! Truman Capote "bumps off" Johnny Carson! The boys pick their favorite episode! And David reveals the truth (?) about Danny Kaye and Laurence Olivier! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Boris Karloff Tribute Show with Ron MacCloskey, Gregory Mank and Sara Karloff

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 106:57

    Gilbert and Frank welcome writer-producer RON MacCLOSKEY, author-historian GREGORY MANK and entrepreneur SARA KARLOFF for a celebration of the life and career of screen legend Boris Karloff as well as a discussion about the recently-released 2021 documentary, "Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster." Also in this episode: Bela Lugosi plays matchmaker, Colin Clive battles demons, James Whale abuses his power and Boris predicts stardom for Jack Nicholson! PLUS: "The Girl from Uncle"! "Arsenic and Old Lace"! The shadowy cinema of Val Lewton! Gregory meets "The Bride of Frankenstein"! Sara shuns "The Black Cat"! And Boris helps found the Screen Actors Guild! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Colin Quinn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 100:39

    Comedian, actor, writer and lifelong New Yorker Colin Quinn (finally!) joins Gilbert and Frank for a hilarious conversation about vanishing Manhattan, mobsters with podcasts, awkward celebrity encounters, the gritty cinema of Sidney Lumet and Martin Scorsese and his new 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

    Kirk Hammett Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 103:35

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate Halloween week with this classic episode from 2018, featuring Metallica guitarist, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and monster kid Kirk Hammett, who discusses his lifelong love affair with horror films, his priceless collection of movie memorabilia, his sympathy for "misunderstood" monsters and the shared connection between horror fans and metal heads. Also, Boris Karloff goes digital, Kirk meets Robert Crumb, Forrest Ackerman drives a hard bargain and Gilbert pens a fan letter to the Wolf Man. PLUS: "White Zombie"! "It Conquered the World"! Maria Ouspenskaya returns! The twisted genius of Basil Gogos! And Horrible Herman, the Asiatic Insect! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Mark Harris

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 111:33

    New York Times bestselling author, journalist and entertainment historian Mark Harris joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating and informative conversation about his critically-acclaimed Mike Nichols biography ("Mike Nichols: A Life"), as well as his thoroughly-researched books, "Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War" and "Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood"). Also: Mel Blanc teams with Dr. Seuss, Bob Dylan is considered for "Bonnie and Clyde," John Ford films the Battle of Midway and Rex Harrison insults the Emperor of Ethiopia. PLUS: "Bogart Slept Here"! "The Day of the Dolphin"! The brilliance of Elaine May! The disaster of "Doctor Dolittle"! The Three Stooges take on the Fuhrer! And Mark writes an Emmy-winning Netflix docuseries! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Dino Stamatopoulos

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 101:32

    Emmy-winning writer, producer, musician and monster kid Dino Stamatopoulos (“Mr. Show,” “TV Funhouse,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien”) joins Gilbert and Frank for a darkly funny conversation about savage chimps, cross-dressing puppets, bad horror movie tropes, the spectacular failure of "The Dana Carvey Show" and the creation of his wildly original Adult Swim series, "Moral Orel" and "Mary Shelley's Frankenhole." Also: Ken Jeong climbs into a Godzilla suit, Robert Smigel sends up Bozo the Clown, Gilbert pulls off a shameless Halloween scam and Dino hangs with the legendary Forrest Ackerman. PLUS: Iggy Pop! Zeppo Marx! “The Ambiguously Gay Duo"! "I Walked with a Zombie"! In praise of Scott Adsit (and Charlie Kaufman)! And Dino's character fakes his own death on "Community"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Aaron Lee & Rainn Wilson

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 110:07

    Comedy writer-producer Aaron Lee and Emmy-nominated actor Rainn Wilson join Gilbert and Frank to talk about nerd culture, haunted houses, the many moods of Jerry Lewis, the staying power of "The Office," the outrageousness of the Comedy Central roasts and their paranormal podcast "Dark Air with Terry Carnation." Also, Gilbert plays a horse, Aaron writes 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

    Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 56:12

    In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, veteran screen actors Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss talk about sharing the stage with their children, celebrating 60 years of marriage, casting the comedy classic "My Favorite Year" and filming "The Stepford Wives," "Westworld," Diary of a Mad Housewife" and "The Parallax View." Also, Mel Brooks produces "The Elephant Man," Orson Welles intimidates the cast of "Catch-22," Paula's mom chats up William S. Burroughs and Richard lists his favorite Paula Prentiss performances! PLUS: "Captain Nice"! Elsa Lanchester! The genius of Michael Crichton! The irrepressible Bill Macy! And Richard and Paula remember friends Yul Brynner, Buck Henry, Jack Klugman and George Segal! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 69:14

    In the first part of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank talk to celebrated actors and longtime Hollywood couple Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss about their seven-decade careers in front of (and behind) the camera, co-starring in a groundbreaking sitcom, co-hosting "Saturday Night Live," meeting Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton and working with legendary directors Howard Hawks, Mike Nichols and Billy Wilder. Also, Jack Cassidy plays a superhero, Jack Benny exits "The Sunshine Boys," Paula shares the stage with Hope and Crosby and Richard teams Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood. PLUS: Uncle Goopy! "Goodbye, Columbus"! Remembering Jim Hutton! Walter Matthau plays the ponies! And Richard and Paula gush over Gilbert's James Mason impression! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Kevin Pollak

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 113:37

    Actor, comedian and impressionist Kevin Pollak joins Gilbert and Frank for a frequently hilarious conversation about the legend of Harry Houdini, the cinema of Barry Levinson, joining the cast of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and sharing the screen with Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Jack Lemmon and Rod Steiger. Also, Steve Martin packs arenas, Walter Matthau hits on Sophia Loren, Don Rickles runs afoul of Joe Pesci and Kevin explains France's affection for Jerry Lewis. PLUS: Anne Bancroft! "Morton & Hayes"! In praise of "Avalon"! Pranking Paul Reiser! Remembering J.T. Walsh! And Kevin wows the boys with impressions of Alan Arkin, Albert Brooks, Peter Falk and Jack Nicholson! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Michael Nesmith Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 79:59

    To celebrate the upcoming Monkees farewell tour, Gilbert and Frank present this classic encore episode from 2015, featuring a rare interview with musician-songwriter-producer Michael Nesmith, who talks about hosting hootenannies, worshipping Bob Dylan, visiting swinging London, nailing his original screen test in October '65 and his fondness and affection for longtime Monkees fans. Also, Michael pals around with John Lennon, pens a hit for Linda Ronstadt, hits the road with Dennis Hopper and (sort of) remembers working with Lon Chaney Jr. PLUS: "Easy Rider"! "A Face in the Crowd"! The genius of Bob Rafelson! The Monkees sell out! Roger McGuinn gets spiritual! And Jack Nicholson kills off the Prefab Four! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Griffin Dunne Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 30, 2021 92:48

    To mark the 40th anniversary of 1981's "An American Werewolf in London," Gilbert and Frank present an encore episode with actor, producer and director Griffin Dunne, who talks about blending horror and comedy, teaming with Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet, the cynical cinema of Billy Wilder and the lives (and work) of Joan Didion and Dominick Dunne. Also, Jerry Lewis adapts Gore Vidal, Otto Preminger takes a bad trip, Griffin sneaks onto the set of “Gilligan's Island” and Tim Burton (almost) directs “After Hours.” PLUS: Howdy Doody! "Who's That Girl"! “The Panic in Needle Park”! The genius of Harry Nilsson! And the artistry of two-time GGACP guest Rick Baker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Richard Donner Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 94:25

    In honoring the life and career of late, great producer-director Richard Donner ("Superman," "The Omen," "Lethal Weapon," "The Goonies") Gilbert and Frank present this ENCORE episode from 2018, featuring a fascinating conversation about the importance of on-set teamwork, the eccentricities of Marlon Brando, the singular talent of Rod Serling and the challenge of (faithfully) adapting the Man of Steel for the big screen. Also, Gregory Peck cashes in, Gene Hackman plays hardball, Jackie Gleason bends the elbow and Richard looks back on directing Hollywood's greatest character actors. PLUS: "Inside Moves"! Miguelito Loveless! “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”! Celebrating Don Rickles! Gilbert auditions for “Scrooged”! And Richard remembers his friend Christopher Reeve! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Billy West Returns Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 109:09

    In this ENCORE presentation of a classic GGACP episode, Gilbert and Frank talk to comedian, voice actor and fan favorite Billy West about bad sight gags, one-joke comedians, post-stroke Stooges, the legend of "Grandpa" Al Lewis, the genius of June Foray and Frank Welker and the magnificence of the Buddy Rich and Paul Anka rants. Also, Larry Fine plays Stanley Kowalski, Lou Jacobi inspires Dr. Zoidberg, Jay Leno messes with James Mason's head and Jerry Lewis meets SpongeBob SquarePants. PLUS: The Mad Russian! Peg Leg Bates! Dueling Peter Lorres! Ren & Stimpy turn 30! The brilliance of Larry Storch! And the triumphant return of the Jackie puppet! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    John Schuck

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 9, 2021 116:52

    Veteran stage and screen actor John Schuck joins Gilbert and Frank for a look back at his 6-decade career in show business and a lively conversation about turning down movie roles, guesting on game shows, canoodling with Elizabeth Taylor, portraying both Herman Munster and Daddy Warbucks and working alongside icons Robert Altman, Warren Beatty, George Burns, Richard Burton and Rock Hudson. Also, Bud Cort takes flight, James Mason goes bowling, Jack Riley and Pat McCormick whistle the national anthem and John pens a love letter to Betty Grable. PLUS: "Holmes and Yoyo'! The Old Philosopher! The magnificent mind of Leonard Stern! In praise of "Dick Tracy"! And John shares memories of Richard Deacon, Jack Gilford, James Karen and Werner Klemperer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Patreon Members Grill Gilbert & Frank

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2021 99:04

    Gilbert and Frank fly solo and field questions from their loyal Patreon supporters on a wide (and fascinating) variety of topics, including early gigs, career do-overs, elusive guests, forbidden TV shows, bad celebrity marriages and the "musicality" of comedy. Also in this episode: Vincent Price reads "Fifty Shades of Grey," Nostradamus predicts fame for Henry Winkler, Gilbert narrates “The Rocky Horror Show” and Frank writes jokes for Larry "Bud" Melman. PLUS: Commander USA! Kentucky Fried Theater! Chico "Dice" Marx! "My Mother the Car”! “The Frances Bavier Story"! And Gilbert and Frank get a shout-out from Michael Corleone!  (Thanks again to all our Patreon supporters!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Brian Levant

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 110:59

    Writer, producer, director, toy collector and pop culture historian Brian Levant ("The Flintstones," "Beethoven," "Jingle All the Way") joins Gilbert and Frank for a fun-filled conversation about staging pie fights, mail-order alligators, failed "Munsters" reboots, the comic genius of Harvey Korman and Jonathan Winters and the making of his upcoming memoir/coffee table book, "My Life and Toys." Also, Jack Warden forgets his lines, Chuck Jones finds the fountain of youth, Garry Marshall's memorial service brings down the house and Brian directs Gilbert in "Problem Child 2." PLUS: Buffalo Bob Smith! The legend of "Poochinski"! The wonderful world of Hanna-Barbera! Fonzie jumps the shark! The Lone Ranger rides again! And Brian remembers colleagues Phil Hartman and Charlies Grodin! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Rick Baker & David J. Skal

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2021 115:37

    It's Halloween in July as Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 90th anniversaries (1931-2021) of Universal Studios' original "Dracula" and "Frankenstein" by welcoming Oscar-winning makeup creator Rick Baker and author-historian David J. Skal for a fascinating conversation about sympathetic monsters, mad scientists (real and imagined), the origin of horror films, the genius of Jack Pierce and the premature deaths of Colin Clive, Dwight Frye and Lon Chaney. Also, David interviews Carla Laemmle, Rick turns Martin Landau into Bela Lugosi, Glenn Strange appears in Boris Karloff's obit and Bram Stoker's widow tries to kill off "Nosferatu." PLUS: Ghoulardi! "Man of a Thousand Faces"! The influence of Forrest J. Ackerman! Bette Davis (almost) plays the Bride of Frankenstein! And the boys (once again) try to make sense of "The Black Cat"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Gabe Kaplan

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2021 97:48

    Actor, writer and comedian Gabe Kaplan (finally) joins Gilbert and Frank for a truly 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: London Lee! The comedy of Buddy Mantia! "Battle of the Network Stars"! 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

    Dick Van Dyke ENCORE

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2021 83:39

    In an encore of this classic GGACP episode from 2016, Gilbert and Frank are joined by actor, comedian, recent Kennedy Center honoree and national treasure Dick Van Dyke, who looks back on his illustrious eight-decade career, recalls his friendships with Buster Keaton and Stan Laurel and shares his memories (good and bad) of making the classic films "Mary Poppins" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Also, Dick idolizes Ray Bolger, co-stars with Mickey Rooney, gets a surprise visit from Cary Grant and earns a compliment from Fred Astaire. PLUS: "My Mother the Car"! The Perfect Fool! Praising Paul Lynde! The genius of Carl Reiner! Gilbert and Dick duet! And Dick reveals his secrets of longevity! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Roger Cook & Henry Gross

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 28, 2021 122:33

    British-born singer-songwriter Roger Cook ("Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress") and Brooklyn-born songwriter-recording artist Henry Gross ("Shannon") share tales from their seven decades in the music business and talk about playing mob-owned joints, forming doo-wop groups, opening for the Beatles (and Benny Hill!), being inspired by Jimi Hendrix and hearing their songs on the radio for the first time. Also, Casey Kasem blows his cool, George Martin teams with Peter Sellers, Henry becomes the youngest artist to perform at Woodstock and Roger writes a soft drink jingle that becomes a worldwide sensation. PLUS: Sha Na Na! "I Was Kaiser Bill's Batman"! The comedy of Jackie Vernon! Gary Lewis and the Playboys! Steve Coogan sends up Blue Mink! And Henry and Roger remember the late, great John Prine! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Weird Al Yankovich

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 21, 2021 84:09

    Comedian, musician and multiple Grammy winner "Weird Al" Yankovic returns to the show to talk to Gilbert and Frank about the influence of Mad magazine, the golden age of Top 40 radio, the reclusiveness of Tom Lehrer, the cultural importance of "Word Crimes" and the mystifying longevity of "The Joe Franklin Show." Also, Little Richard buys a vowel, Al and Coolio bury the hatchet, Jerry Lewis tries to take over "Comic Relief" and Charles Nelson Reilly makes "sweet, sweet love" to a manatee. PLUS: Pat Boone! "The Rutles"! Remembering Frank Jacobs! The wit and wisdom of Shel Silverstein! The rise and fall of Allan Sherman! And Al narrates the Tiny Tim documentary! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Brad Bird & Michael Giacchino Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 14, 2021 70:06

    In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank chat with Oscar winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino about James Bond homages, iconic superhero themes, incorporating everyday objects into movie soundtracks and the over-the-top pleasures of the Wachowskis' "Speed Racer." Also, Bernard Herrmann plays the Theremin, Lily Tomlin (almost) voices Edna Mode, Brad directs a modern-day film classic and Michael reveals the key to his Oscar-winning score for "Up." PLUS: "Tomorrowland"! The genius of Jerry Goldsmith! Al Hirt meets the Green Hornet! Milton Bradley's Fireball Island! And Michael recalls his time on "Lost"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Brad Bird & Michael Giacchino Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 7, 2021 70:14

    In the first part of a 2-part episode, Oscar-winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino join Gilbert and Frank for an informative and wildly entertaining conversation about their numerous collaborations ("The Incredibles," "Incredibles 2," "Ratatouille," "Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol") complex action plots, "pre-loved" soundtracks, the demise of movie showplaces and the genius of John Barry and Elmer Bernstein. Also, Peter O'Toole clears his throat, Tom Cruise scales a high-rise, Burt Lancaster swims in an imaginary river and Michael Keaton teases comic book fanatics. PLUS: "The Big Sleep"! "Never Say Never Again"! The lost James L. Brooks musical! Brad co-hosts TCM's "The Essentials"! And Michael composes a love letter to Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin and John Williams! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Sonny Fox ENCORE

    Play Episode Listen Later May 31, 2021 95:05

    Gilbert and Frank mark Memorial Day 2021 with this special ENCORE presentation of one of their favorite episodes, featuring producer, broadcaster and World War II veteran Sonny Fox, who discusses his life-changing experience as a prisoner of war, his years as host of the beloved children's show "Wonderama" and his memories of the notorious quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Also in this episode: Sonny hosts "The $64,000 Challenge," gets cut from "The Nutty Professor," takes a stand for Jack Gilford and looks back on his friendship with Robert F. Kennedy. PLUS: Allen Funt! "The Movie Game"! Mickey Rooney holds out! Patty Duke spills the beans! And Jack Klugman steps in for Bogie! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Ruta Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later May 24, 2021 83:32

    Actress, game show hostess and philanthropist Ruta Lee shares stories from her eight decades in Hollywood and her new memoir "Consider Your Ass Kissed" and reminisces about partying with the Rat Pack, dating Shecky Greene, working for directors Stanley Donen and Billy Wilder and forging friendships with Debbie Reynolds, Darren McGavin, Fred Astaire and (yes) Cesar Romero. Also, Liz Taylor orders the chili, Gilbert frames a one-cent check, Lucy tosses Uncle Miltie's salad and Ruta remembers her dear friend Alex Trebek. PLUS: James Garner! Billy Barty! "Man with a Camera"! "The Wackiest Ship in the Army"! Dick Gautier ties the knot! And Ruta sings the praises of Jerry Lewis, Joey Bishop AND Jack Carter!(??) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Al Roker

    Play Episode Listen Later May 17, 2021 92:50

    Emmy-winning TV host, author and producer (and native New Yorker) Al Roker joins Gilbert and Frank for a trip down memory lane and a fun, freewheeling conversation about local kiddie show hosts, the lost art of ventriloquism, the complicated genius of Charles M. Schulz and Al's new book "You Look So Much Better in Person." Also, Fred Flintstone enjoys a smoke, Red Buttons leads a double life, Willard Scott becomes the original Ronald McDonald and Gilbert and Al co-star in "Sharknado 5: Global Swarming." PLUS: Willie Tyler & Lester! "The Dick Tracy Show"! "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"! Saluting Yaphet Kotto! Frank shares his favorite roast joke! And Al and Gilbert cover the hits of Soupy Sales! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Jeff Altman

    Play Episode Listen Later May 10, 2021 105:18

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by comedian, actor and magician Jeff Altman for a warm and funny conversation about his family connection to Houdini, his decades-long friendships with Buddy Rich and David Letterman, the early days of the Magic Castle and the Comedy Store and the infamous NBC variety show "Pink Lady & Jeff." Also, Raymond Burr takes a seat, Sam Kinison sees a ghost, Gilbert watches Rodney Dangerfield eat and Jeff opens for Pia Zadora and The Captain & Tennille. PLUS: Sean Connery! "Legends of the Superheroes"! Jerry Lewis demands credit! The comedy of Jim Varney! And Jeff and Dave kill off the careers of the Starland Vocal Band! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Michelle Phillips (Part 2)

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 71:56

    In this conclusion of a 2- part episode, actress, singer and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Michelle Phillips talks about transitioning from music to films, hosting star-studded Hollywood parties, locking horns with Rudolph Nureyev, befriending Groucho Marx and her final conversations with group mates John Phillips and Cass Elliot. Also, Brian Wilson searches for inspiration, Jimi Hendrix burns his Stratocaster, Mia Farrow visits the Joshua Tree and Michelle hangs with Elvis, Cary Grant and Gregory Peck. PLUS: The Mugwumps! Monterey Pop! "The Man with Bogart's Face"! Leslie Caron swings! Otis Redding brings down the house! And Michelle pens the second verse of "California Dreamin'"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Michelle Phillips (Part 1)

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 26, 2021 65:21

    In the first part of a 2-part episode, singer, actress and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Michelle Phillips looks back on her seven decades in the entertainment business and regales Gilbert and Frank with tales of the wild days and crazy nights of The Mamas and the Papas, one of the most successful, influential (and short-lived) groups in pop music history. Also in this episode: Cass Elliot beats the rap, Marshall Brickman co-writes "Annie Hall," Michelle dates Warren Beatty and Jack Nicholson and The Mamas and the Papas meet the Fab Four. PLUS: "Shampoo"! The genius of Lou Adler! The Halifax Three! Reginald Van Gleason! And Michelle discusses the stories behind "Creeque Alley," "Go Where You Wanna Go" and "I Saw Her Again"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    David Mandel

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 19, 2021 110:02

    Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy-winning writer-director David Mandel for a revealing and rewarding conversation about the origin of classic "Seinfeld" gags (man hands, "Bizarro" Jerry), the inner workings of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the brilliance of Bob Einstein and Jerry Stiller, the ruthless humor of HBO's "Veep" and David's memorabilia-themed podcast "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of." Also, Orson Welles gaslights studio bosses, Michael McKean sends up Robert Evans, Gilbert runs afoul of Kelsey Grammer and Billy Wilder (almost) directs the Marx Brothers. PLUS: Nerf Crotch Bat! In praise of Phil Hartman! Larry David blows a fuse! "Abbott and Costello Meet Al Pacino"! And "LIVE from New York, it's the Planet of the Apes"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Ken Kwapis

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 12, 2021 103:47

    Gilbert and Frank talk to Emmy-nominated TV and film director Ken Kwapis about working with primates, borrowing from Buster Keaton, falling in (and out of) love with movies, adapting "The Office" for American television and his new memoir, "But What I REALLY Want to Do is Direct." Also, Charlie Chaplin walks a tightrope, Alan Arkin (reluctantly) plays volleyball, Steve Coogan seduces a Keebler elf and Ken finds inspiration in "The Bellboy" and "A Night at the Opera." PLUS: "American Graffiti"! In praise of drive-in theaters! The cinema of Joan Micklin Silver! The comic mastery of Steve Carell! And Ken shares memories of Peter Falk, Faye Dunaway, Robert Redford and Captain Kangaroo! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Ben Mankiewicz

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 5, 2021 101:38

    Film critic, Hollywood historian and Turner Classics Movies host Ben Mankiewicz joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about his famous family, the depiction of his grandfather 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 attends 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

    Dick DeBartolo and Al Jaffee Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 29, 2021 98:16

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 100th (!) birthday of Mad magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee with this encore episode from 2016, featuring Al and longtime Mad writer Dick DeBartolo, who discuss their friendships with publisher William M. Gaines, their admiration of Jack Davis and Mort Drucker and the secret origin of the term "potrzebie." Also, Al remembers Harvey Kurtzman, Dick falls for Lauren Bacall, Stephen Colbert pays tribute to a comedy hero and Gilbert bashes "Up the Academy." PLUS: Gloria Swanson! "To Tell the Truth"! "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions"! Al parties with Jason Robards! And the warped genius of Don Martin! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Dana Gould Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 22, 2021 62:55

    In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank welcome back comedian, actor and Emmy-winning comedy writer DANA GOULD for a highly entertaining conversation about hammy actors, '70s cinema fashion, Famous Monsters of Filmland, the graciousness of George Carlin (and Adam West!) and the mysterious death of Dr. Cyclops. Also, Joey Bishop hassles Jack Benny, Chuck Connors fights a triceratops, Dana runs afoul of Bob Hope and Jonathan Harris (angrily) turns down the "Lost in Space" movie. PLUS: Mr. Moto! "Touch of Evil"! The girl who haunted Bela Lugosi! Dana adapts Rod Serling! Batman tangles with Krusty the Clown! And the return of "Price Comparison"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Dana Gould Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 15, 2021 64:59

    In the first of a 2-part episode, comedian, actor and Emmy-winning writer Dana Gould returns to the show for a funny, frenetic conversation about the "science" of monster movies, the extravagance of Sammy Davis Jr., the generosity of Roddy McDowall (and Charlton Heston!) and the new web series, "Hanging with Dr. Z." Also, Dwight Frye checks out, Darren McGavin dons a bathrobe, Orson Welles turns down "Beneath the Planet of the Apes" and Andy Griffith "punches up" "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken." PLUS: Burt Mustin! "King Kong Escapes"! "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"! Don Knotts meets Mr. Potter! And Dana teams with the one and only Mel Brooks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Laraine Newman

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 8, 2021 105:47

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    Michele Lee

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 1, 2021 106:23

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by Tony- and Emmy-nominated actress-singer Michele Lee for a look back at her seven-decade career in television ("Knots Landing"), movies ("The Comic," "The Love Bug") and on the Broadway stage ("How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying") and a lively conversation about the bawdiness of Red Skelton, the naughtiness of Buddy Hackett, the courageousness of Don Rickles and the flirtatiousness of Frank Sinatra. Also, Michele cuts the rug with Fred Astaire, treads the boards with Robert Morse and Rudy Vallee, takes directing tips from Jerry Lewis and plays Lou Costello's wife in the infamous "Bud and Lou." PLUS: "Rod Serling's Night Gallery"! "Scandalous Me: The Jacqueline Susann Story"! In praise of Dick Van Dyke! And Michele shares the screen with Liberace, Danny Kaye and Sammy Davis Jr! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Alan Menken

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 83:02

    Tony, Emmy, Grammy and 8-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the marriage of screen music and images, the demise (and resurrection) of movie musicals, the genius of the late, great Howard Ashman, and the "architecture" of songs like "Be Our Guest," "I See the Light," "Part of Your World" and "Somewhere That's Green." Also, Danny DeVito mimics Jimmy Durante, Steve Martin plays a sadistic dentist, Brad Garrett and Jeffrey Tambor perform a "want" song and Alan praises the talents of John Williams, Thomas Newman and Lin-Manuel Miranda. PLUS: "Fantasia"! The comedy of Randy Rainbow! "I'll Do Anything"! Alan wins a Razzie! And Bob Dylan turns down "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

    Richard Masur

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 15, 2021 78:01

    Gilbert and Frank talk to Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actor-director Richard Masur about his 6-decade acting career, his years as president of the Screen Actors Guild, his numerous collaborations with mentor Norman Lear and his role in the infamous "Heaven's Gate." Also, Francis Ford Coppola welcomes feedback, Jack Nicholson replaces Mandy Patinkin, John Carpenter remakes "The Thing" and Richard shares drinks (and the screen) with Pat McCormick. PLUS: "Scavenger Hunt!" "Hot l Baltimore"! Remembering Ben Johnson! The wisdom of Robert Preston! And Richard praises co-stars Gene Hackman, Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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