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Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

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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 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.

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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 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.

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English


Episodes
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GGACP Classic: Ron Dante

5/23/2024
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

Duration:01:26:40

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Alan Zweibel Encore

5/20/2024
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

Duration:01:37:54

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GGACP Classic: Bob Burns

5/16/2024
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

Duration:01:36:14

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Roger Corman Encore

5/13/2024
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

Duration:01:02:40

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GGACP Classic: Farewell, Mr. Warmth

5/9/2024
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

Duration:00:38:50

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David Steinberg Encore

5/6/2024
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

Duration:00:57:00

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GGACP Classic: Gilbert Sings!

5/2/2024
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

Duration:00:36:48

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Raybone's Record Collection Encore

4/29/2024
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

Duration:00:39:01

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GGACP Classic: Election and Save the Tiger

4/25/2024
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

Duration:00:22:10

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Charlotte Rae Encore

4/22/2024
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

Duration:00:54:06

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GGACP Classic: Eric & Eliza Roberts

4/18/2024
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

Duration:01:35:49

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Billy West Encore

4/15/2024
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

Duration:01:37:13

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GGACP Classic: Charade and The Conversation

4/11/2024
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

Duration:00:14:42

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John Byner Encore

4/8/2024
GGACP celebrates April's National Humor Month by featuring this ENCORE of a memorable 2020 interview with comedian, actor and master impressionist John Byner. In this episode, John shares anecdotes about James Cagney, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Vernon (to name a few) and talks about his engrossing memoir “Five Minutes Mr Byner: Lifetime of Laughter.”Also, Jack Carter lashes out, George Jessel lawyers up, Joey Bishop promotes a boxing match and Billy Barty sits on Bob Hope’s lap. PLUS: Annette Funicello! “Angels with Dirty Faces”! Dueling Rod Steigers! “Merv Griffin’s Talent Scouts”! And John and the boys remember the late, great Bob Einstein! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:35:51

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GGACP Classic: Drew Friedman

4/4/2024
To coincide with the recent screening of the in-progress Drew Friedman documentary, GGACP revisits this CLASSIC conversation as guests (and friends) Drew Friedman, Rupert Holmes and Richard Kind help celebrate the show's 200th episode. Topics include: the cinema of Fred Gwynne, the unpredictability of Jerry Lewis, the long-lost child of Uncle Miltie and the risks and rewards of meeting one’s heroes. Also, Drew puts Groucho to bed, Rupert lunches with Frank Capra, Richard lives up to his name and the panel recalls the movie that changed their lives. PLUS: The Olivia de Havilland of monster movies! In praise of Dan Castellaneta! Gilbert disses (the original) “Casino Royale”! Merv Griffin co-stars with a gorilla! And the boys rank the best Richard Kind impressions! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:27:15

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Gabe Kaplan Encore

4/1/2024
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

Duration:01:34:18

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GGACP Classic: Peter Marshall

3/28/2024
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

Duration:01:29:29

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Ben Mankiewicz Encore

3/25/2024
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

Duration:01:39:38

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GGACP Classic: M. Emmet Walsh

3/21/2024
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

Duration:01:23:28

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Colin Quinn Encore

3/18/2024
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

Duration:01:37:39