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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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    John Byner Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 27, 2022 73:53

    GGACP celebrates the birthday (June 28) of one of Gilbert and Frank's favorite performers, comedian, actor and impressionist John Byner with this ENCORE presentation of a hilarious interview from 2016. In this episode, John recalls his early days in show business, his friendship with the legendary Ed Sullivan, memorable encounters with Groucho and James Cagney and his role in Bob Hope's infamous TV special "Joys." Also, John runs into The Duke, roughs up Woody Allen, collaborates with Friz Freleng and consoles Rodney Dangerfield. PLUS: Roger Miller! "Merv Griffin's Talent Scouts"! "Murder Can Hurt You!" Paul Williams in stereo! And the rise and fall of Vaughn Meader! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Peter Asher

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2022 77:42

    GGACP celebrates the birthday (June 22nd) of Grammy-winning producer, British Invasion rocker and former Apple Records exec Peter Asher with this memorable interview from 2017. In this episode, Peter joins the boys for a fascinating discussion about the genius of James Taylor, the profound influence of the Everly Brothers, the rivalry between the Beach Boys and the Fab Four and the 50th anniversary of “Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Also, John Lennon meets Yoko Ono, Linda Ronstadt teams with Nelson Riddle, Peter and Gordon play the '64 World's Fair and Peter becomes the first person to hear "I Want to Hold Your Hand." PLUS: The genius of Spike Milligan! Gilbert sings! Jackie Gleason acts out! Peter “inspires” Austin Powers! Chad & Jeremy meet the Caped Crusaders! And a “rejected” Beatles tune lands Peter at the top of the charts! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Danny Aiello Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 20, 2022 80:50

    GGACP commemorates the birthday of late, great character actor Danny Aiello (June 20th) with this encore presentation of a wildly entertaining interview from 2015. In this episode, Danny joins Gilbert and Frank at the legendary New York Friars Club to talk about his journey from Greyhound bus dispatcher to Oscar nominee and shares his memories of goofing around with Paul Newman, sightseeing with Rodney Dangerfield and singing backup for Bette Midler. PLUS: Remembering "Moonstruck"! Uncle Miltie meets Jack Ruby! Robert De Niro learns to play baseball! And the "Pete Best" of "The Godfather"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Adam Arkin and Alan Arkin

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2022 100:54

    GGACP celebrates Father's Day with this classic interview from 2020, featuring Emmy-winning actor-director Adam Arkin and Oscar-winning actor-director Alan Arkin. In this episode, Adam and Alan talk about portraying villains, directing dark comedies, working with children, the precision of the Coen brothers and the Cold War politics of "The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming." Also, Pat McCormick hits the hard stuff, Groucho drops in on Second City, Stephen King praises "Wait Until Dark" and Alan (almost) directs "Blazing Saddles." PLUS: Captain Kangaroo! "Northern Exposure"! The brilliance of "The In-Laws"! Adam "reps" Chuck McCann! Alan records "The Banana Boat Song"! And Adam and Alan choose their favorite Arkin performances! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Dee Wallace Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 13, 2022 97:53

    GGACP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the release of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" (June 11, 1982) with veteran actress Dee Wallace. In this episode, Dee joins Gilbert and Frank for an informative (and inspiring!) conversation about the power of intuition, the challenges of sudden fame, the generosity of Harold Prince and the precision of Steven Spielberg. Also, John Carradine soldiers on, Dudley Moore replaces George Segal, Harrison Ford ends up on the cutting room floor and Dee embraces the term "scream queen." PLUS: "The Frighteners"! The cinema of Blake Edwards! Dee praises Cloris Leachman! Slim Pickens holds court! And Gilbert and Larry David go to the movies!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Mario Cantone

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2022 78:46

    GGACP's Pride Month celebration continues with this ENCORE of the first podcast appearance (from 2015) by Tony-nominated actor, singer and comedian Mario Cantone. In this episode, Mario crushes on Jan-Michael Vincent, tours London with Marty Krofft, treads the boards with Patrick Stewart and regales Gilbert and Frank with inside-showbiz stories about everyone from Lauren Bacall to Robert Redford to Paul Lynde. PLUS: "Danger Island"! Remembering Jack Wild! Monty Clift visits Merv Griffin! Bette Davis trashes Faye Dunaway! Richard Simmons kidnaps Famous Amos! Mario searches for Sammy Davis' eye! And Gilbert (and Mario) sing the theme from “The Sterile Cuckoo”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    George Shapiro Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 6, 2022 92:32

    GGACP remembers the late, great talent manager and Emmy-winning producer (and all-around mensch!) George Shapiro with this ENCORE of an interview from 2018. In this episode, George reminisces about the glory days of the Borscht Belt and the golden age of variety television and reflects on his personal and professional relationships with Steve Allen, Jimmy Durante, Carl Reiner and Jerry Seinfeld. Also, Elvis praises Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer inspires Tony Clifton, "Dem Bums" visit "The Martha Raye Show" and George explains his lifelong love affair with comedy (and comedians). PLUS: Marty Feldman! Buddy Holly and the Crickets! Nichols and May bring down the house! Richard Pryor plays God! And Danny DeVito plays...George Shapiro? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Bruce Vilanch

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2022 111:02

    To celebrate the start of Pride Month, GGACP revisits this memorable 2018 interview with legendary comedy writer-performer Bruce Vilanch. In this episode, Bruce looks back at the “golden age” of TV variety shows and specials, including “Donny & Marie,” “The Brady Bunch Hour,” “The Star Wars Holiday Special” and “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special.” (all written or co-written by Bruce himself). Also, Margaret Hamilton makes her move, Robert Reed channels Carmen Miranda, Jack Benny does “The Match Bit” and Gilbert takes over the new “Hollywood Squares.” PLUS: Jack Palance! Bob Hope's filing cabinet! “Wayne Newton at SeaWorld”! Bruce hangs with Tallulah Bankhead! And the Oscar joke that never made it to air! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    George Takei Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later May 30, 2022 87:12

    The GGACP team marks May's Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with this ENCORE interview with one of the world's most well-loved pop culture figures, actor-activist George Takei. In this episode, George shares his feelings about Caucasian actors in Asian roles, speaks frankly about Japanese-American internment, expresses his gratitude to Trekkies and fondly remembers old friend Leonard Nimoy. Also, George feuds with William Shatner, chats up Jerry Lewis, runs into Cary Grant and rebukes Arnold Schwarzenegger. PLUS: Frank Gorshin! Celebrating James Hong! George channels Sir John Gielgud! Gilbert does his best Richard Burton! And the last of the Paramount contract players! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Phil Rosenthal

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2022 102:21

    As Jewish Heritage Month draws to a close, GGACP revisits this memorable interview with Emmy-winning comedy writer, showbiz historian, foodie and raconteur Phil Rosenthal. In this episode, Phil chats about New York-style pizza, “non-ethnic” character actors, the cinema of Stanley Kubrick and the emotional resonance of “The Honeymooners.” Also, Will Ferrell works the men's room, Peter Boyle turns down “The French Connection,” Brad Garrett salutes The Merchant of Venom and Phil breaks bread with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner. PLUS: Larry Gelbart! Nick Apollo Forte! The brilliance of “Ratatouille”! The timelessness of “Tootsie”! Loving Walter Matthau! Gilbert hangs at Larry David's place! And “Broadway Danny Rose” inspires the Amazing Colossal Podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Kelly Carlin Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 74:48

    In celebration of the new HBO documentary, "George Carlin's American Dream," GGACP presents an ENCORE of a 2015 episode with the doc's executive producer, writer-performer KELLY CARLIN. In this episode, Kelly discusses her revealing memoir, "A Carlin Home Companion" and shares treasured (and not-so-treasured) memories of growing up with the man who changed and redefined the art of standup comedy. Also, Kelly hangs with Sammy Davis Jr., seduces Leif Garrett, borrows Farrah Fawcett's shampoo and recites the "7 Words You Can Never Say on Television." PLUS: Burns and Carlin! Burns and Schreiber! The "Danny Kaye Plan"! Otto & George! And Gottfried Sings Again! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Ron Friedman Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later May 19, 2022 89:12

    May's Jewish Heritage Month continues as GGACP revisits one of their funniest interviews out of 400+ with veteran comedy writer Ron Friedman (“Get Smart,” “The Odd Couple,” “All in the Family,” "Barney Miller") who worked with (and wrote for) everyone from Lucille Ball to Milton Berle to Danny Kaye to Orson Welles -- and has the war stories to show for it. Also, Herve Villechaize packs heat, Sammy Davis meets Charlie's Angels, Ron writes “Murder Can Hurt You!” and Pat McCormick takes a…”dip” in Jonathan Winters' pool. PLUS: Vaughn Meader! Stump and Stumpy! Christmas carols for Jewish people! Forrest Tucker introduces “the General”! And Ron creates Paul Lynde's Uncle Arthur! (Special thanks to Gino Salomone!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Danny Huston

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 90:10

    GGACP celebrates the 60th birthday (May, 14, 1962) of actor-director Danny Huston (“The Aviator,” “Hitchcock,” “Wonder Woman”) with this ENCORE presentation of a 2019 interview. In this episode, Danny regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about meeting Orson Welles, directing Robert Mitchum, getting inside the heads of big-screen bad guys and growing up with (and working alongside) his legendary father, John Huston. Also, Hal Roach cozies up to Mussolini, Katharine Hepburn makes like Eleanor Roosevelt, George Raft turns down the role of a lifetime and Danny reflects on the career of his grandfather, Oscar-winner Walter Huston. PLUS: “The Other Side of the Wind”! Remembering Robert Evans! The mystery of B. Traven! The punk rock cinema of Bernard Rose! And Danny and Gilbert reenact a scene from “Chinatown”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Neil Sedaka

    Play Episode Listen Later May 12, 2022 81:32

    GGACP's celebration of Jewish American Heritage Month continues with this classic interview from 2019 featuring rock ‘n' roll icon Neil Sedaka, who discusses growing up in Brooklyn, his apprenticeship at the famed Brill Building, his chart-topping collaborations with lyricist Howard Greenfield and his memories of Bobby Darin, Elvis Presley, Carole King, Richard Rodgers and Paul McCartney (among others). Also, Bob Dylan offers praise, John Lennon provides inspiration, Mick Jagger buys a Sedaka record and Neil remembers his cousin Eydie Gorme. PLUS: "My Yiddishe Momme"! The Captain & Tennille! Elton John to the rescue! The late, great Len Maxwell! Billy Joel “borrows” a melody!"And Neil demonstrates his songwriting process! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Tony Roberts Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 92:51

    GGACP marks the 50th anniversary of Woody Allen's film version of "Play it Again Sam" (and the recent 45th anniversary of "Annie Hall") with veteran Broadway, TV and film actor Tony Roberts. In this episode,Tony holds court on a wide range of topics, including the intensity of Al Pacino, the minimalism of Robert Mitchum, the eccentricities of Jerome Robbins and the professionalism of Sidney Lumet. Also: Tony runs lines with Edward G. Robinson, takes flight with Mary Poppins, plays the ponies with Mickey Rooney and treads the boards with Abe Vigoda! PLUS: Everett Sloane! “Amityville 3-D”! Woody hits the beach! Tony's mom dates Uncle Miltie! And Sydney Greenstreet meets…Sydney Greenstreet!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Leonard Maltin Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2022 98:57

    GGACP celebrates National Jewish Heritage Month with a series of memorable interviews, beginning with author, critic, Hollywood historian and recent recipient of TCM's Robert Osborne Award, Leonard Maltin. In this episode, Leonard 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 portrays Benny Goodman and Gilbert and Leonard remember their dear friend James Karen. PLUS: Keefe Brasselle! “The Buster Keaton Story”! In praise of “Ed Wood”! Al Pacino remembers “Scarecrow”! And Leonard spends a day with Burgess Meredith! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Brenda Vaccaro Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 64:23

    In this conclusion of a far-ranging 2-part episode, Oscar-nominated actress Brenda Vaccaro joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the fun of filming comedies, the diva antics of Lauren Bacall (and Faye Dunaway), making a pilot for Lucille Ball, the comedic genius of Peter Cook, the generosity of Quentin Tarantino and sharing the stage and screen with Michael Caine, Gene Hackman, Al Lewis, Vincent Price and Frank Sinatra (among others). Also, Andrea Martin spoofs a Playtex ad, Ron Leibman plays the "bongos," Warren Beatty spots the "funny" in Jack Warden and Brenda tries to wrap her mind around the Cesar Romero rumor. PLUS: "Cactus Flower"! Shooting "Supergirl"! Remembering Laura Nyro! In search of George Hamilton! The talents of Frank Welker! And Brenda weighs in on the dramatic chops of Gilbert Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Bobcat Goldthwait

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 28, 2022 79:23

    National Humor Month draws to a close with this memorable 2017 conversation with comedian, actor, writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait. In this episode, Bobcat discusses his transition from performing to directing, his love of Universal horror films, his delight in making audiences feel "awkward" and his years-long friendship with the legendary Robin Williams. Also: Bobcat wrestles with Arsenio, runs afoul of Nickelback, writes a "Billy Jack" movie and raves about Gilbert's documentary. PLUS: John Lennon doodles! Robert De Niro watches "Problem Child"! In praise of Barry Crimmins! In defense of Ed Wood! And Bobcat and Gilbert remember "Hot to Trot"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Brenda Vaccaro Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 65:16

    In this first part of a 2-part episode, Emmy-winning and Tony nominated actress Brenda Vaccaro regales Gilbert and Frank with stories from her seven decades in show business and discusses (among other things) avoiding nude scenes, the drug culture of 60s-70s Hollywood, the physical demands of acting in a disaster movie and her memories (both good and bad) of filming the Oscar-winning classic "Midnight Cowboy." Also, Uncle MIltie hogs the spotlight, Michael Douglas drives a hard bargain, Aunt Bee meets Jack Nicholson and Al Pacino takes Brenda on a "magic carpet ride." PLUS: Remembering Ben Gazzara and Harry Guardino! Loving Robert Mitchum! The REAL Ratso Rizzo! Anthony Newley directs! And Gilbert wows Brenda with his John McGiver impression! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Brad Garrett

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2022 108:42

    National Humor Month rolls on as Team GGACP revisits one of their funniest shows to date, featuring comedian and Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett, who talks about the camaraderie of Golden Age comedians, the strange appeal of "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," the genius of Martin Mull and Fred Willard and the challenges of portraying his longtime hero, Jackie Gleason. Also, Sammy Davis buys a soda, Liza Minnelli sheds a tear, Gilbert plays the sitcom neighbor-from-Hell and Brad opens for the Chairman of the Board himself. PLUS: "Fargo"! Remembering Art Fern! In praise of Mr. Warmth! The generosity of...Jack Carter? The comedy stylings of "Greg Barrett"! And Brad remembers the late, great Peter Boyle! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Tim Robbins Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 110:00

    GGACP marks the 30th anniversary of 1992's "The Player" with this encore presentation of a 2020 interview with Oscar-winning actor, musician and activist Tim Robbins. In this episode, Tim talks about the "New Hollywood" of the '70s, the genius and generosity of Robert Altman, the timeliness of Depression-era screwball comedies and the enduring appeal of "The Shawshank Redemption." Also, Gore Vidal steals the show, Richard Pryor plays The Gaslight Cafe, Orson Welles locks horns with William Randolph Hearst and Tim (fondly) remembers Paul Newman, Don Rickles and Robin Williams. PLUS: "Bobbo Supreme"! "Howard the Duck"! Monty Python comes calling! In praise of "The Hudsucker Proxy"! And Tim weighs in on the future of movie theaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Susie Essman

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 14, 2022 64:46

    GGACP's celebration of National Humor Month continues with this classic conversation with comedian, actress and old friend Susie Essman, recorded live at the 2015 NYC Podfest. In this episode, Susie talks about playing acid-tongued Susie Greene on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," recalls opening for comedians Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Belzer -- and a young Gilbert Gottfried -- and reveals on how standup comedy saved her from a life of crime. Also, Susie chooses her favorite "Curb" moments, obsesses over Turner Classic Movies and looks back at the chaotic standup career of Larry David. Plus: Peter Lorre! Margaret Hamilton! "Norman's Corner"! Susie roasts Jerry Stiller! And the curse of the "Shiksa Goddess"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Bob Costas Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 91:36

    GGACP ushers in the start of the 2022 baseball season with this encore of a 2015 interview with Emmy-winning sportscaster, journalist and Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Costas, recorded at the New York Friars Club. Also in this episode: Bob analyzes “Top Cat," imitates Howard Cosell, “interviews” Jack Palance and recites Babe Ruth's farewell speech. PLUS: "The Million Dollar Movie"! Crazy Guggenheim returns! Rod Steiger emotes! Shirley MacLaine clams up! Gilbert sings the theme from “Underdog”! And the boys praise the underappreciated genius of Bud Abbott! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Steven Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2022 90:20

    GGACP celebrates National Humor Month by reposting classic interviews with some favorite comedians, through the entire month of April. First up (from 2017), comedian, writer and actor Steven Wright drops by the studio to talk about his love of surrealism, his admiration for Don Rickles, his childhood obsession with "The Tonight Show" and the absurdity of telling jokes to strangers for a living. Also, Steven discovers Hal Ashby (and Cat Stevens!), Gilbert chats up Norman Fell, Randy Quaid holds a press conference and Brooke Shields visits a podiatrist. PLUS: "Summer of '42"! Humphrey Bogart buys stamps! Steven nabs an Oscar! The return of Jack Frost! And Ben Gazzara enjoys the Ben Gazzara bit! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Karina Longworth

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 98:16

    Karina Longworth -- author, film critic, and host of the award-winning Hollywood history podcast, "You Must Remember This" -- joins Gilbert and Frank for a deep dive into a variety of fascinating topics, including: the reclusiveness of Dean Martin, the kinkiness of "The Black Cat," the mysterious deaths of Thomas Ince and William Desmond Taylor, the curious friendship between Ed Wood and Bela Lugosi and the premiere of YMRT's new season, "Erotic 80s." Also, Orson Welles romances Eartha Kitt, Patton Oswalt portrays Boris Karloff, JFK turns his back on Sammy Davis Jr. and William Randolph Hearst "takes a shot" at Charlie Chaplin. PLUS: The genius of Polly Platt! The trials of Fatty Arbuckle! The "secret" life of Errol Flynn! The dark magic of Kenneth Anger! And Gilbert and Karina debate the talents of Lon Chaney Jr! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: John Astin

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 31, 2022 108:09

    In celebration of his 92nd birthday (March 30, 1930), Gilbert and Frank revisit this (long sought-after!) 2019 interview with 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 spoofs Hugh Hefner, records an early "rap" single, chews the scenery on "Batman" and meets the one, the only Groucho. PLUS: "Evil Roy Slade"! "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster"! The comedic genius of Nat Perrin! The strange death of Edgar Allan Poe! And John remembers dear friends Jackie Coogan and Carolyn Jones! (Special thanks to Patrick McCarthy, Robb Spewak and Sean and MacKenzie Astin)  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    The Godfather's 50th Anniversary with Mark Seal

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 78:16

    Vanity Fair editor and award-winning journalist Mark Seal, author of the sensational behind-the-scenes book, "Leave the Gun, Take the Cannoli" joins Gilbert and Frank to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola and Mario Puzo's 1972 mob masterpiece, "The Godfather." Also in this episode: Burt Lancaster closes in, Vic Damone bows out, Marlon Brando pulls off a shocking transformation and the mafia takes offense at the word "mafia." PLUS: The music of Nino Rota! The genius of Dick Smith! Gilbert roasts Abe Vigoda! Mark climbs into bed with Robert Evans! James Caan's performance is inspired by...Don Rickles!? And Richard Castellano ad-libs one of the greatest lines in movie history! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Barry Levinson

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 24, 2022 85:45

    This week on "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Classics"... GGACP celebrates the 40th anniversary of the beloved comedy "Diner" (released March, 1982) with this encore presentation of a special live interview (recorded at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival) with Oscar-winning writer-director Barry Levinson. In this episode, Barry recalls his early days as a sketch performer, his collaborations with comedy icons Mel Brooks, Carol Burnett and Tim Conway and the experience of directing Dustin Hoffman's Academy Award-winning performance in "Rain Man."  Also, Warren Beatty breaks hearts, Jackie Gayle riffs on "Bonanza," Rodney Dangerfield runs afoul of the law and Barry and Gilbert recall the unsold pilot "Toast of Manhattan." PLUS: Lohman and Barkley! The curse of The Mummy! The brilliance of Bruno Kirby! The "magic" of Art Metrano! Jack Riley salutes Jack Benny! And Barry remembers the dynamic Robin Williams!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Frank Ferrante

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 106:20

    Actor, comedian and director Frank Ferrante joins fellow "Marxists" Gilbert and Frank for a lively conversation about his affection for "A Day at the Races," his decades-long friendships with Arthur and Miriam Marx, his upcoming PBS special, "Frank Ferrante's Groucho" and portraying his comedy hero for three decades and in over 500 cities. Also, Uncle Miltie offers spit take lessons, Elaine Stritch does a kid a solid, Gilbert breaks bread with Henny Youngman and Albert Finney makes a play for Frank's girlfriend. PLUS: Morrie Ryskind! Gallagher & Shean! "Horse Feathers" turns 90! Frank meets George Fenneman! Remembering Hal Holbrook! And the boys pick their favorite Marx Brothers scene of all time! Ship more in less time with ShipStation. Just go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in GILBERT to get a 60-day free trial. That's 2 months FREE of no-hassle, stress-free shipping.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Jonathan Lynn

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 17, 2022 100:58

    To mark the 40th anniversary of the comedy classic "My Cousin Vinny," Gilbert and Frank present this encore from 2018 with actor-writer-director-raconteur Jonthan Lynn, who talks about iworking with legends Jerome Robbins and Tennessee Williams, sharing the stage with future Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman and the challenges of directing the memorable comedies "Clue" and "My Cousin Vinny." Also, Ed Sullivan loses his cool, Zero Mostel cracks wise, Steve Martin takes a crack at "Bilko" and Jonathan fights (and wins) for Marisa Tomei. PLUS: Chaplin comes to tea! Remembering Fred Gwynne! The genius of Madeline Kahn! Peter O'Toole goes Hollywood! And the truth behind the Orson Welles frozen peas ad! (Special thanks to our pal Rick Ungar!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Michael Feinstein

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 112:50

    Grammy and Emmy-nominated musician and historian Michael Feinstein serenades Gilbert and Frank with classic tunes from the "Great American Songbook" and talks about performing at Hollywood parties, dining with Frank Sinatra, "accompanying" Judy Garland, befriending Rosemary Clooney and Ira Gershwin and recording his latest album "Gershwin Country." Also, Paul Lynde gets plastered, Liberace morphs into Carol Channing, Irving Berlin begs Groucho not to perform his songs and Vincent Price carries on the memory of Dolores del Rio. PLUS: Bert Lahr! The music of Hugh Martin! The genius of Yip Harburg! Peter Lorre meets...Peter Lorre! Uncle Hymie inspires Inigo Montoya! And Michael favors the boys with "I Love a Piano" and "Lydia the Tattooed Lady"!  (Special thanks to Susan Madore, Mario Cantone and Land Romo)  Shop Solo Stove now and get up to 30% off fire pits all month long, use promo code GILBERT at checkout to get an extra $20 off. Plus a lifetime warranty and FREE 30-day returns. Start hiring RIGHT NOW with a SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/GILBERT. Offer valid through March 31st. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Lee Grant

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2022 94:19

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate Women's History Month with this encore presentation from 2016, featuring Oscar-winning actress, filmmaker and activist Lee Grant. In this episode, Lee speaks openly and candidly about her years on the Hollywood blacklist, her friendships with Hal Ashby, Grace Kelly and Walter Matthau and her decision to turn down a classic sitcom role. Also, Lee remembers Sharon Tate, praises the talents of Rod Steiger, shares the stage with Peter Falk and flips the bird on "The Tonight Show." PLUS: "The Landlord"! "Divorce American Style"! Jewish Bond villains! Olivia de Havilland takes a swim! And Gilbert crushes on Warren Beatty! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Jack Jones

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 107:23

    Grammy-winning singer and recording artist Jack Jones joins Gilbert and Frank for a captivating 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, matinee idol (and Marx Brothers co-star) Allan Jones. Also: Frank Sinatra plays Charades, Cesar Romero plays matchmaker, Gilbert shares his admiration for Fritz Feld and Jack shares the screen with Judy Garland, George Jessel, Jack Benny 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! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: David Zucker

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 3, 2022 102:53

    The Amazing Colossal Podcast celebrates the 40th anniversary (original airdate March 4, 1982) of Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker's much-loved series "Police Squad" with this episode from 2017 featuring writer-director-producer David Zucker ("Airplane!," "The Naked Gun," "Kentucky Fried Movie"). Also in this episode: Vincent Price takes a pass, Woody Allen boxes a kangaroo, "ZAZ" lifts a plotline from Charles Bronson and David discusses the greatest hits (and misses) of the Marx Brothers. PLUS: "Top Secret!" "A Fistful of Yen"! In praise of Chevy Chase! John Byner sends up Robert Stack! And David remembers his old friend Leslie Nielsen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    "Salute to Saturday Morning TV" with Jerry Beck and Bill Leff

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 106:25

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by animation historian/author Jerry Beck ("The 50 Greatest Cartoons," "The Hanna-Barbera Treasury") and TV host/presenter Bill Leff (Me-TV's "Toon In with Me") for a nostalgic look back at the kiddie show hosts of their youth and the glory days of Saturday morning television ("Looney Tunes," "The Flintstones," "Jonny Quest," "The Jetsons," "Underdog," "Wacky Races," etc.) Also, Daffy Duck meets Jack Benny, Gomer Pyle "inspires" Milton the Monster, Jackie Gleason (almost) sues Hanna-Barbera and "Batmania" inspires a wave of super-knockoffs. PLUS: The genius of Jay Ward! The art of Dave and Max Fleischer! The Three Stooges go robonic! Ronald Colman joins the Beatles? Jerry hangs with Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng! And the boys praise the talents of Mel Blanc, Daws Butler, Paul Frees and Paul Winchell! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Amazing Colossal 300th Episode!

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 24, 2022 97:27

    GGACP celebrates the birthday (February 28th) of its co-host and fearless leader with this encore presentation of show #300. In this episode, Frank — aided by questions from callers and an in-studio audience — interviews Gilbert about his 50-year career in the entertainment business, covering his early stand-up days, his brief stints on "Saturday Night Live" and "Thicke of the Night" and his memorable movie roles, including Iago, Sidney Bernstein, Igor Peabody and the unforgettable "Man on Porch." Also, Lorne Michaels pays respects, Larry David clears the room, Ben Gazzara enjoys a laugh and Humphrey Bogart drops by the post office. PLUS: "Meet Wally Sparks"! "The Horn Blows at Midnight"! Marty Allen disses Paul Lynde! Lou Costello stars in "Citizen Kane"! And Gilbert shares the screen with Ryan Gosling! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Joel Grey Encore

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 90:40

    Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bob Fosse's 1972 masterwork "Cabaret" with this encore presentation from 2019 featuring Oscar and Tony-winning actor-singer Joel Grey. In this episode, Joel has a little fun at the co-hosts' expense while reminiscing about James Garner, Jack Gilford, Buck Henry and Lana Turner and promoting his Yiddish language version of "Fiddler on the Roof." Also: Rita Hayworth lights up the screen, Pat McCormick plays Grover Cleveland (!), Gilbert pulls out his George Jessel impression and Joel shares a stage with the great Eddie Cantor. PLUS: "Man on a Swing"! Hal Prince saves the day! The genius of Will Jordan! And Joel remembers his dad, the legendary Mickey Katz! Ship more in less time with ShipStation. Just go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in GILBERT to get a 60-day free trial. That's 2 months FREE of no-hassle, stress-free shipping.   Visit athleticgreens.com/GILBERT for a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. Take ownership over your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional insurance! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: "Blazing Saddles" Tribute with Andrew Bergman and Norman Steinberg

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 17, 2022 91:45

    In this encore of an episode from 2019, Gilbert and Frank salute the iconic comedy "Blazing Saddles" (released in February, 1974) with an in-depth interview with the film's screenwriters, Andrew Bergman and Norman Steinberg. Also in this episode: Mel Brooks sends up Bogie, Cleavon Little replaces James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor puts on a maid's uniform and Andrew and Norman recall deleted scenes and last-minute casting changes. PLUS: Gig Young bows out! Marlon Brando mumbles! Stanley Kubrick tortures Slim Pickens! John Carradine plays “John Carradine"! And the boys remember Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman and Gene Wilder! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    In Memoriam 2021 Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 77:03

    In part 2 of their annual In Memoriam episode, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael H. Weber joins Gilbert and Frank for a fond look back at the lives and careers of Norm MacDonald, Sidney Poitier, Stephen Sondheim, Lina Wertmuller and Betty White as well as GGACP guests Ed Asner, Sonny Fox, Gavin MacLeod, Michael Nesmith and Bob Saget. Also in this episode: Cloris Leachman crushes on John Stamos, Joan Micklin Silver directs a "thinking man's" rom-com, Anne Beatts becomes the first female editor of National Lampoon and Allan Burns creates Cap'n Crunch and "My Mother the Car." PLUS: Cousin Itt! Hermey the Elf! The screenplays of Walter Bernstein! The musical stylings of Leslie Bricusse! Paul Mooney writes a classic SNL sketch! And the boys remember character actors Michael Constantine, Arlene Golonka, Gregory Sierra and Clarence Williams III! Start hiring RIGHT NOW with a SEVENTY-FIVE DOLLAR SPONSORED JOB CREDIT to upgrade your job post at Indeed.com/GILBERT. Offer valid through March 31st. Visit athleticgreens.com/GILBERT for a FREE 1 year supply of immune-supporting Vitamin D AND 5 FREE travel packs with your first purchase. Take ownership over your health and pick up the ultimate daily nutritional insurance! Shop now at solostove.com and get up to 30% off fire pits all month long, AND use promo code GILBERT at checkout to get an extra $10 off. Plus a lifetime warranty and FREE 30-day returns. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Robert Wagner

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2022 93:31

    In celebration of his 92nd birthday, Gilbert and Frank revisit this 2019 interview with screen legend Robert Wagner, who talks about his years as a 20th Century Fox contract player, shares his memories of making the films "Harper," "The Pink Panther" and "The Towering Inferno" and looks back on his decades-long friendships with Cary Grant, Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and Spencer Tracy. Also, Fred Astaire lays on the charm, Dean Martin drops by the set, David Niven comes in from the cold and Robert guest-stars in a memorable "Seinfeld" episode. PLUS: Lionel Stander! "It Takes a Thief"! In praise of Robert Osborne! The comic genius of Blake Edwards! And Robert pays tribute to Hollywood's greatest character actresses! (Special thanks to Lex Passaris and Jeannie Sloan!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    In Memoriam 2021 Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 73:18

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael H. Weber in paying loving tribute to some of the irreplaceable artists and performers who left us over the last year, including Ned Beatty, Charles Grodin, Jackie Mason, Christopher Plummer and George Segal as well as GGACP guests Peter Bogdanovich, Richard Donner, Ron Leibman, Art Metrano and Jessica Walter. Also in this episode: Mel Brooks spoofs The Last Supper, Yaphet Kotto tangles with 007, Dean Stockwell inspires a classic rock album and Hal Holbrook plays Mark Twain for an astonishing six decades. PLUS: "Murder by Decree"! "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"! The brilliance of Cicely Tyson! The many talents of Polly Platt! And Alfred Hitchcock saves Norman Lloyd from the blacklist! Go to ShipStation.com, click on the microphone at the top of the page, and type in GILBERT to get a 60-day free trial. That's 2 months FREE of no-hassle, stress-free shipping. Make SHIP happen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Brian Holland and Eddie Holland

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2022 95:09

    GGACP celebrates Black History Month with this encore presentation featuring Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. In this episode, Brian and Eddie reflect on the history of Motown, their work with The Supremes, Marvin Gaye and The Four Tops and the creative process behind their dozens of hits, including "Heat Wave," "Baby Love," "I Hear a Symphony," and "You Keep Me Hangin' On." Also, Martha Reeves makes her move, Berry Gordy builds an empire, The Beatles cover "Please Mr. Postman" and Eddie co-writes "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." PLUS: The Funk Brothers! The genius of Lamont Dozier! Motown goes psychedelic! Brian praises Richard Pryor! And Eddie remembers the legendary Jackie Wilson! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Amazing Colossal 400 Episodes Celebration

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 112:22

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by "surprise" guest callers Craig Bierko, Drew Friedman, Gino Salomone, Dave Thomas, Steven Weber and Billy West for a special celebration of 400 episodes (!) and 90+ minutes of conversation about substandard Stooges, fragrant movie stars, awkward celebrity encounters, Richard Kind-themed collectibles, the legend of Sammy Petrillo and the 50th anniversary of "The Heartbreak Kid." Also, Steven checks out Angie Dickinson, Drew parties with Peter Bogdanovich, Craig gets a phone call from Tony Randall and Gino shares a heartwarming tale about the late, great Sidney Poitier. PLUS: The Singing Nun! The return of Nipsey Russell! Bob Hope plays the BIG room! Dave pitches an "Oh God!" sequel! Grandpa Munster remembers the Andrews Sisters! And Frank looks back on (nearly) 400 podcast guests! This episode is brought to you by: Indeed Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Paul Sand

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2022 91:15

    This week on “Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Classics."... Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 50th anniversary of the premiere (Jan 26, 1972) of one of their favorite caper movies, "The Hot Rock," with this classic episode featuring one of the film's stars, Tony-winning actor Paul Sand. Also in this episode, Paul discusses the birth of improv comedy and the early days of Second City and shares his memories of working with Carol Burnett, Sid Caesar, Mary Tyler Moore, Zero Mostel and Barbra Streisand. Also, Judy Garland beats a retreat, Paul tries on Harpo's wig, Marcel Marceau joins the French Resistance and teenaged Gilbert stumbles onto a movie set. PLUS: Elaine May! "The MAD Show"! Praising Valerie Harper! The brilliance of William Goldman! And Paul cameos in a memorable episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    Matthew Modine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 117:49

    Gilbert and Frank are joined by actor and filmmaker Matthew Modine ("Full Metal Jacket," "Birdy," "Married to the Mob") for a wildly entertaining and frequently hilarious conversation about the viciousness of film critics, the awkwardness of sex scenes, the unpredictability of chimps, the cruel fate of "Cutthroat Island" and his working relationships with Robert Altman, John Schlesinger and Stanley Kubrick. Also, Bruce Dern bumps off The Duke, Wallace Shawn stars in "12 Angry Men," Oliver Reed shows off a very special tattoo and Matthew and Gilbert co-star in the unforgettable "Funky Monkey." PLUS: Jiminy Glick! Ray Walston! "Jesus Was a Commie"! The cinema of Alan Pakula! The poetry of R. Lee Ermey! And Matthew remembers the legendary Albert Finney! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    GGACP Classic: Bob Saget

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2022 102:35

    Gilbert, Frank and the GGACP team remember our friend Bob Saget with this classic episode from 2020, featuring a spirited discussion about celebrity roasts, the perseverance of Rodney Dangerfield, the brilliance of Cloris Leachman, the understated genius of Martin Mull and his popular podcast, “Bob Saget's Here For You.” Also, Norm Macdonald reads a joke book, Jack Warden plays it old school, Gilbert jams with Robin Williams and Bob sneaks into a taping of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” PLUS: Lionel Atwill! Don Rickles meets Denzel Washington! Johnny Carson babysits! The cinema of Larry Cohen! The return of “Dummy in the Window”! And Cesar Romero makes a play for Bob's mom! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

    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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

    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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

    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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

    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 megaphone.fm/adchoices

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