Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

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Eddie Wretch (Nachshon Yosef)
 Sep 13, 2020
One of the greatest.

Ben Chamberlain
 Jun 9, 2019
Gilbert and Frank have a genuine love and frighteningly thorough knowledge of old television and movies; the eloquent amd highly organized Frank is a fantastic researcher, and Gilbert is hilarious and thoroughly charming. Incredible interview guests!

Bill
 Nov 26, 2018
My favorite Podcast. Very Entertaining

Rupert Stewart
 Oct 21, 2018


 Oct 15, 2018

Description

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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John Sebastian
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Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer and founder of The Lovin' Spoonful John Sebastian entertains Gilbert and Frank with anecdotes about Cass Elliott, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon and Jim Morrison and reveals the stories and inspirations behind hits like "Daydream," "Summer in the City," and "Do You Believe in Magic." Also, Groucho co-hosts "Music Scene," Richard Pryor plays the Cafe Au Go-Go, Art Garfunkel nails a Spoonful cover version and John composes a classic sitcom theme. PLUS: Vivian Vance! "What's Up, Tiger Lily?" The legend of Zal Yanovsky! Boris Karloff plays Captain Hook! And Ed Sullivan introduces the "American Beatles"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2020
Abbott and Costello
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by archivist BOB FURMANEK, film critic LEONARD MALTIN and author-historian RON PALUMBO for a celebration of the 80th anniversary of Bud Abbott & Lou Costello's screen debut and an animated conversation about the lives and careers of one of the most popular comedy teams of all time. Also in this episode: Groucho Marx gushes, Dean Martin gets a nose job, Boris Karloff turns down "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein" and Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi consider a Bud and Lou biopic. PLUS: Bingo the Chimp! Saluting Sidney Fields! Shemp joins the army! Joe Besser frightens Gilbert! And the experts pick their favorite A&C movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2020
John Byner
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Comedian, actor and master impressionist John Byner returns to the show to share hilarious anecdotes about James Cagney, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Vernon (to name a few) and to talk about his recently-released memoir "Five Minutes Mr. Byner: a 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
Nov 16, 2020
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by astrophysicist, "Cosmos" host and "Twilight Zone" superfan Neil deGrasse Tyson for an entertaining and educational conversation about time travel, zombie uprisings, the logic of werewolf movies, the science of being funny and the plausibility of "Jurassic Park." Also, Sandra Bullock defies gravity, Perry Mason meets Godzilla, Raquel Welch rocks a loincloth and Rod Serling adapts "Planet of the Apes." PLUS: "The Blob"! Raymond J. Johnson Jr! Superman gets his freak on! Saluting Gene Roddenberry! And Neil and Gilbert compete on "The $100,000 Pyramid"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2020
Tim Robbins
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Oscar-winning actor, musician and activist Tim Robbins joins the boys for a lively discussion on a wide range of topics, including 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 runs afoul of 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
Nov 02, 2020
Halloween 2020 with Joe Dante and Mick Garris
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Film directors (and fellow monster kids) Joe Dante and Mick Garris help Gilbert and Frank usher in Halloween 2020 with a frighteningly good conversation about giant insects, evil hunchbacks, cheesy haunted house flicks, the glory days of horror anthologies and the 60th anniversary of “Psycho.” Also, Basil Rathbone goes slumming, Bogie plays a mad scientist, Anthony Perkins puts Mick to the test and Joe sings the praises of Dick Miller and John Carradine. PLUS: “She-Wolf of London”! “The Man with Kaleidoscope Eyes”! The genius of William Castle! The “Colossal” cinema of Bert I. Gordon! And Joe and Mick salute the late, great Larry Cohen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2020
"The Odd Couple" 50th Anniversary Show
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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of ABC's "The Odd Couple," Gilbert and Frank welcome a panel of experts, including comedian-superfan Dave Juskow, author Bob Leszczak ("The Odd Couple on Stage & Screen") and the sons of Oscar Madison himself, Adam Klugman and David Klugman. Also, Tony Randall stands out, Mickey Rooney loses out, John Byner breaks up the room and Garry Marshall makes TV history. PLUS: The queen of game shows! "The New Odd Couple"! Howard Cosell fakes it! Adam plays young Oscar! And David hits the road with Randall and Klugman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2020
Bob Costas
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Emmy-winning broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Costas returns to the podcast for an animated conversation about his five-decade career in television, his passion for TV westerns, his weakness for cheesy sports biopics and his memorable interviews with Rod Steiger, Jerry Lewis, Mickey Mantle, Don Rickles and Rodney Dangerfield. Also, Uncle Miltie drops the mic, Ralph Kramden does the mambo, Lon Chaney Jr. meets "The Rifleman" and Bob gets his very own Topps baseball card. PLUS: "The Million Dollar Movie"! Appreciating Joe Franklin! Babe Ruth to the rescue! William Conrad learns karate! And Bob remembers the late, great Tom Seaver. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2020
Lewis Black
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Actor, playwright and Grammy-winning comedian Lewis Black returns to the podcast to discuss the creativity of Pixar, the cinema of Barry Levinson, the timelessness of "Dr. Strangelove" and the political comedy of Mort Sahl, Dick Gregory, Paul Krassner and the Smothers Brothers. Also, Christopher Walken cracks a joke, Ruth Buzzi meets Michael Corleone, Ed Sullivan chews out Jackie Mason and Lewis tours the Middle East with Robin Williams. PLUS: Topo Gigio! Saluting Joe Grifasi! George Carlin leaves a message! The musical satire of Mark Russell! And Lewis sings the praises of the National Comedy Center! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2020
Joe Mantegna
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Gilbert and Frank talk to Tony-winning actor Joe Mantegna about paying dues, working with primates, portraying Dean Martin, his admiration for Errol Flynn and his long association with Pulitzer-winning playwright David Mamet. Also, Don Ameche busts a gut, Eli Wallach rides the subway, Ben Kingsley takes in a Chicago concert and Joe lands a role in the Italian "Star Wars." PLUS: Super Sugar Crisp! In praise of Tony Bennett! The courage of Lenny Bruce! The genius of Shel Silverstein! And Joe voices an iconic cartoon character! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2020
Malcolm McDowell: Part 2
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Part 2 of Malcolm McDowell! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2020
Malcolm McDowell: Part 1
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Gilbert and Frank welcome a long sought-after guest, actor Malcolm McDowell, who weighs in on a number of topics, including the eccentricities of Stanley Kubrick, the birth of the Beatles, the intensity of James Cagney and the "friendship" of Danny Kaye and Laurence Olivier. Also, John Lennon enjoys a laugh, Ian Holm holds a grudge, Mick Jagger considers "A Clockwork Orange" and Gilbert and Malcolm send up Jack the Ripper. PLUS: The Liverpool Stomp! "Yankee Doodle Dandy"! The generosity of Albert Finney! The comedy of Derek and Clive! And Malcolm performs a "phallic monologue"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2020
Patton Oswalt Rerelease
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Originally aired April 29, 2018 Comedian, actor, writer and GGACP fan Patton Oswalt drops by the studio (finally!) to discuss the films of Sidney Lumet and Billy Wilder, the "unnatural" art of sitcom acting, the disappearance of grindhouse theaters and the influence of "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert." Also, Larry Cohen deconstructs Superman, Gilbert imagines "Titanic, Part II," the Karate Kid opens a car dealership and Patton stages "The Day the Clown Cried." PLUS: Praising "Ratatouille"! Remembering John Cazale! The artistry of Rick Baker! "Francis Ford Coppola's Dr. Strange"! And the shocking climax in the case of the Golden State Killer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2020
Jim Gaffigan Rerelease
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Originally aired December 21, 2015 Gilbert and Frank return to the famed New York Friar's Club to chat with comedian and actor Jim Gaffigan, who weighs in on subjects ranging from the lost art of "ethnic comedy" to the healing powers of stand-up to the caste system of show business. Also, Jim "opens" for the Pope, treads the boards with Jackie Gleason's grandson, struggles to capture Manhattan on film and writes ads for Downy and Hardee's. PLUS: Myron Cohen! Nat Hiken! The hunchback makes out! The genius of Cloris Leachman! And the "biggest Goy in the world"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2020
Brian and Eddie Holland
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Gilbert and Frank welcome Rock & Roll Hall of Fame songwriters Brian and Eddie Holland for an in-depth look at 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
Aug 24, 2020
John Leguizamo
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Emmy and Tony-winning writer-director-actor John Leguizamo joins Gilbert and Frank for a funny, energetic conversation about Latin history, defunct comedy clubs, the freedom of voice acting, the films of Barry Levinson and George Romero and the debacle of "Super Mario Bros." Also, Wesley Snipes plucks his eyebrows, Gilbert envies Raymond Burr, Lorne Michaels disses Steven Seagal and John runs afoul of Al Pacino, F. Murray Abraham and Patrick Swayze. PLUS: "House of Buggin'"! Saluting Mel Blanc (and Al Hirschfeld)! Remembering Tony Scott! Toulouse-Lautrec wows the ladies! And John "kills" Lee Strasberg! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2020
Bob Saget
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GGACP friend and fan favorite Bob Saget returns to the show to talk about celebrity roasts, cancel culture, the perseverance of Rodney Dangerfield, the understated genius of Martin Mull and his new 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: Remembering Don Rickles! Johnny Carson babysits! The films of Larry Cohen! The return of “Dummy in the Window”! And Cesar Romero hits on Bob’s mom! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2020
Mac Davis
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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and actor Mac Davis joins Gilbert and Frank for a fun, breezy conversation about 70s-era variety shows, sharing the screen with Jackie Gleason, sharing a bill with George Burns and Henny Youngman and penning hits for Elvis Presley ("Memories," "In the Ghetto," "A Little Less Conversation"). Also, Buddy Hackett pulls a gun, Buddy Holly plays a roller rink, Richard Nixon guest stars on "Laugh-In" and Mac crashes Sam Elliott's screen test. PLUS: Solomon Burke! The Memphis Mafia! "North Dallas Forty"! Remembering Kenny Rogers! Appreciating James Garner! And Colonel Parker "gifts" Mac with a velvet Elvis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2020
Michael Lehmann
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Gilbert and Frank talk with director and producer Michael Lehmann ("Heathers," "Airheads," "True Blood," "American Horror Story") about hotheaded producers, 70s paranoia thrillers, the artistry of Francis Ford Coppola, the effectiveness of "The Exorcist" and the reassessment and reevaluation of "Hudson Hawk." Also, Warren Beatty lends a shoulder, Ed Begley plays a giant insect, James Coburn adopts a chimp and Harold Ramis receives a hero's welcome. PLUS: William Conrad! "The Beaver Gets a Boner"! Appreciating Joe Mantegna! Michael directs Carl Reiner! And the boys sing the praises of "The Maltese Falcon" and "My Darling Clementine"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2020
Sitcom Writers Roundtable with Dave Hackel, John Markus, Bernie Orenstein and Bill Persky
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by an all-star panel of TV comedy writers, including Dave Hackel ("Wings," "Becker"), John Markus ("The Cosby Show," "The Larry Sanders Show"), Bernie Orenstein ("Sanford & Son," "Love American Style") and Bill Persky ("The Dick Van Dyke Show," "That Girl") for a hilarious and informative conversation about failed pilots, troublesome actors, bad network notes, the versatility of Danny Kaye and the volatility of Buddy Hackett. Also, John writes for Bob Hope, Bill disses Joey Bishop, Bernie shows Bing Crosby the ropes and Dave spends a memorable day with Truman Capote. PLUS: "The Cheap Show"! The Jewish Tom Sawyer! The genius of Sheldon Leonard! Garry Shandling breaks in! Redd Foxx holds out! And the boys remember the late, great Saul Turteltaub! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2020
Adam Arkin and Alan Arkin
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by Emmy-winning actor-director Adam Arkin and Oscar-winning actor-director Alan Arkin for a funny and fascinating conversation 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
Jul 13, 2020
Special Encore Episode: Carl Reiner
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In a rebroadcast of a classic episode from 2017, Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their comedy heroes, writer-actor-director Carl Reiner, who looks back on his earliest years in the business, shares his admiration for Steve Allen, Sid Caesar and Dick Van Dyke and discusses his film collaborations ("The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid") with Steve Martin. Also, Gilbert and Carl roast Joan Rivers, Ruth Gordon torments George Segal, Queen Elizabeth praises "The 2000 Year Old Man," and Sheldon Leonard rescues "Head of the Family." PLUS: Iron Balls McGinty! Monty the Talking Dog! Mickey Rooney sends up Ben Turpin! And the legend of Le Petomane!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2020
Brad Garrett
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In one of GGACP's funniest shows to date, comedian and Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett visits with Gilbert and Frank to talk about the camaraderie of Golden Age comedians, the strange appeal of the "Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts," the comedic 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. PLUS: "Fargo"! 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
Jun 29, 2020
Chris Lemmon and Charlie Matthau
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To celebrate both Father's Day and the 100th anniversary of Walter Matthau's birth, Gilbert and Frank are joined by actor-musician Chris Lemmon and producer-director Charlie Matthau for a loving look at the lives and careers of one of cinema's legendary comedy teams, Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau. Also: Jerry Lewis turns down "Some Like it Hot," Red Skelton passes on "The Sunshine Boys," Walter "compliments" Christopher Walken and Jack runs afoul of Virna Lisi's husband. PLUS: "The Fortune Cookie"! The Ukrainian Cary Grant! The music of Neal Hefti! The complexities of Blake Edwards! Walter rescues "The Odd Couple"! And VingRhames pays Jack an unforgettable tribute!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2020
Bob Balaban
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Gilbert and Frank chat with Oscar- and Emmy-nominated producer, director and actor Bob Balaban about his family's history in the movie theater business, his affection for horror films, his transition from acting to directing and his admiration for colleagues Wes Anderson, Christopher Guest and Steven Spielberg. Also, Orson Welles inspires fear, Robert Altman tackles a whodunit, Bill Murray perfects his short game and Bob "apprentices" for Sidney Lumet. PLUS: "Brewster McCloud'! The Marx Brothers on stage! The brilliance of Eugene Levy! Uncle Miltie meets an extraterrestrial! And Bob remembers the late, great Fred Willard! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2020
"Airplane!" 40th Anniversary with Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays
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"Airplane!" stars Julie Hagerty and Robert Hays join Gilbert and Frank to celebrate the film's 40th anniversary and to share backstage secrets and stories behind one of the most original and quotable movies of all time. Also, Lloyd Bridges goes for broke, Leslie Nielsen pranks the cast, Peter Graves frightens small children and Robert Stack does John Byner doing Robert Stack. PLUS: "Zero Hour!"! "Lost in America"! Remembering Art Carney! Miss Piggy directs! And Julie and Robert recall their favorite "Airplane!" gags! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2020
Barry Sonnenfeld
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Gilbert and Frank welcome former cinematographer and award-winning director and producer Barry Sonnenfeld for an uncensored, laugh-filled conversation about directing temperamental actors, distrusting optimism, respecting movie audiences, helming "The Addams Family" and "Get Shorty" and writing his new memoir, "Barry Sonnenfeld, Call Your Mother." Also, George C. Scott pushes the envelope, Gene Hackman grows a goatee, Barry and Larry David compare neuroses and Michael Jackson cameos in "Men in Black II." PLUS: "Throw Momma from the Train"! In praise of Dennis Farina! The obsessiveness of Stanley Kubrick! The many conquests of James Caan! And Barry shares his rules for filming comedy scenes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2020
Dennis DeYoung
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Rock icon and former Styx frontman DENNIS DeYOUNG joins Gilbert and Frank from his home in Chicago to talk about the birth of the Beatles, the death of rock n' roll, opening for Stevie Wonder and Frank Zappa and teaming with Julian Lennon for his new album "26 East, Volume One." Also, Dean Martin mocks the Stones, Alice Cooper pulls out all the stops, Eric Cartman covers "Come Sail Away" and Dennis reveals the biggest downside to being a rock star. PLUS: Dr. Demento! In praise of Antony Newley! Bob Hope wears love beads! Slim Pickens joins a Styx tour! And Dennis serenades the boys with "Babe" and "Lady"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2020
Carol Kane
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Emmy-winning actress Carol Kane joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the cinema of the 1970s, Oscar acceptance speeches, the generosity of Jack Nicholson, the inventiveness of Andy Kaufman and her admiration for (and friendship with) the legendary Bette Davis. Also, Bill Murray takes a beating, Mike Nichols performs a magic trick, Gilbert kibitzes with Charles Durning and Carol takes a (career-changing) call from Gene Wilder. PLUS: Fritz Feld! Defending "Ishtar"! Saluting Hal Ashby! "Harry and Walter Go to New York"! And Carol Kane fills in for...Carole King?? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2020
Mario Cantone
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It's Christmas in May as the multi-talented Mario Cantone joins the boys for a special quarantine episode and a wildly entertaining conversation about teen idols, classic game shows, favorite Hitchcock flicks, the versatility of Jack Lemmon and the difference between impressionists and comedian-impressionists. Also, "Mildred Pierce" turns 75, Julia Child fillets the Little Mermaid, Mario hops a flight with Kathleen Turner and Gilbert guest-stars in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." PLUS: "Burnt Offerings"! In praise of Alec Baldwin! The musical stylings of Jerry Dixon! The Ramones visit "Steampipe Alley"! And "Aladdin Meets the Harlem Globetrotters"!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2020
Amy Yasbeck
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Actress and activist Amy Yasbeck visits the show to talk about golden age comedians, the directing style of Mel Brooks, working with Gilbert on "Wings" and the "Problem Child" franchise, and the playfulness and generosity of her husband, the late, great John Ritter. Also, Morey Amsterdam sings "Yuk-a-Puk," Gilbert gets nominated for a Razzie, Amy cuts the rug with Leslie Nielsen and Jack Warden changes accents in mid-movie. PLUS: Emil Sitka! "The New Love American Style"! Anne Bancroft plays Maria Ouspenskaya! John borrows shtick from Jerry Lewis! And 6-year-old Amy pitches the Easy-Bake Oven! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
Alan Zweibel
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back Emmy-winning comedy writer Alan Zweibel for a freeform discussion about bad reviews, least-loved SNL hosts, feuding celebrity couples, unsung Catskills comedians and Alan's new memoir, "Laugh Lines: My Life Helping Funny People Be Funnier." Also, Gilda Radner struggles with fame, Abe Vigoda plays an eskimo, Alan gets heckled by a young Bill Murray and Frank reveals his favorite "Saturday Night Live" sketch of all time. PLUS: "It's Garry Shandling's Show"! The craftsmanship of Alan King! The brilliance of Herb Sargent! The REAL Broadway Danny Rose! And Alan remembers his friend, the late, great Buck Henry! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
Jeffrey Tambor
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"Hey now!" Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Tambor for a hilarious (and heartfelt) conversation about finding joy, avoiding dailies, pursuing authenticity, befriending the late, great Garry Shandling and breathing life into some of television's most indelible characters. Also, Ernest Borgnine inspires, James Mason perspires, Jeffrey gets confused with Elliott Gould and Rod Steiger holds a grudge against Marlon Brando. PLUS: George C. Scott! "Radioland Murders"! Remembering Rip Torn! The generosity of Al Pacino! And Jeffrey and Gilbert co-star with a chimpanzee! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
Gilbert and Frank's Amazing Colossal 6th Anniversary Show: Part Two
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GGACP celebrates its 6th anniversary and the recent release of Episode #300 with PART TWO of a live evening of story and song from New York City's Cutting Room with Mario Cantone, Marilu Henner, Richard Kind, Paul Shaffer and surprise guest performer David Yazbek  -- as well as special guests Susie Essman, Barbara Feldon, Tom Leopold, Jackie Martling, Jeff Ross and Alan Zweibel. Also in this episode: Gilbert and Jeff star in "CSI," David and Paul pay tribute to Ed McMahon, Tony Curtis puts the moves on Bette Davis and Richard and Mario (finally!) debate the merits of "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." PLUS: Mason Reese! "Wait Until Dark"! The Island of Misfit Toys! The musical stylings of the Gilbert Gottfried Orchestra! And a Broadway icon drops by to join the fun! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2020
Gilbert and Frank's Amazing Colossal 6th Anniversary Show: Part One
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate the podcast's 6th anniversary and the recent release of their 300th episode by welcoming returning guests MARIO CANTONE, MARILU HENNER, RICHARD KIND and PAUL SHAFFER (as well as several surprise guests!) for an evening of music and laughter at New York City's Cutting Room. Also in this episode: Forrest Tucker sinks a putt, Irwin Corey eulogizes Soupy Sales, Burt Reynolds throws Johnny Carson off his game and Gilbert "makes love" to Dolores del Rio. PLUS: "Lonesome" George Gobel! Remembering Tony Randall! Richard praises David Letterman! Marilu fills in for Bob Hope! And a screen legend pays the boys a surprise tribute! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
Jason Alexander
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Tony-winning actor and director Jason Alexander joins Gilbert and Frank for an in-depth conversation about network interference, working with animals, classic "Twilight Zone" episodes, Woody Allen's influence on George Costanza and the impact of "Seinfeld" on popular culture. Also, Robert De Niro yuks it up, Liza Minnelli lends a hand, Jason and Martin Short perform "The Odd Couple" and Gilbert warbles a tune from "Duckman"! PLUS: Joe Besser! "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle"! The genius of Jerry Stiller! The golden age of comedy albums! And Jason gets advice from William Shatner!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
Peter Noone
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Gil and Frank welcome a long-sought guest, British Invasion icon Peter Noone for a loose and lighthearted conversation about rock and roll excess, the birth of the Beatles, entertaining the Queen Mum and rubbing shoulders with Bob Dylan, Keith Moon and Elvis Presley (among others). Also, Alice Cooper climbs the charts, Keith Richards lays down the law, Imelda Marcos requests a tune and Herman's Hermits perform "If I Were a Rich Man." PLUS: "The Pirates of Penzance"! Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders! Dick Clark's Caravan of Stars! The genius of Mickie Most! And Gilbert "sings" "I'm Into Something Good"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2020
Amy Ryan
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Tony and Oscar-nominated actress (and lifelong Gilbert fan) Amy Ryan drops by the studio to talk about the mastery of Sidney Lumet, the brilliance of Philip Seymour Hoffman, discovering family secrets, perfecting regional accents and portraying Michael Scott's love interest on "The Office." Also, Hugh Hefner hits the town, Clint Eastwood keeps it moving, Albert Brooks stages a "one-man show" and Amy and Gilbert perform Hamlet's soliloquy! PLUS: Slovin & Allen! "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers"! The kindness of Henry Winkler! Neil Simon drops the ax! Gilbert plays a Mexican! And Amy brings her parents to the Academy Awards! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2020
Steven Van Zandt
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Gilbert and Frank welcome actor, musician and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Steven Van Zandt for a fun, freewheeling conversation about beloved kiddie show hosts, the glory days of Top 40 radio, the mystique of gangster movies, the Beatles' impact on popular culture and the Rat Pack's "connection" to the E Street Band. Also, Darlene Love mounts a comeback, Little Richard officiates a wedding, Ol' Blue Eyes covers Simon & Garfunkel and Steven remembers his friend James Gandolfini. PLUS: The Singing Nun! "Angels with Dirty Faces"! The genius of William Castle! "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"! And Gilbert and Steven pay tribute to "The Nutty Professor"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2020
Drew Friedman
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back award-winning illustrator and GGACP fan favorite DREW FRIEDMAN for a riveting conversation about well-endowed comedians, the last days of Mad magazine, the durability of "The Odd Couple" and Drew's latest book, "All the Presidents." Also, Yoko Ono meets the Little Rascals, Uncle Floyd auditions for "Minnie's Boys," Gilbert plays The Great Emancipator and Frank attends a Stooge funeral. PLUS: "Crazy Joe" Gallo! "The Haunted Strangler"! Praising Al Jaffee (and Mort Drucker)! Mutant Jerry Lewis! And Drew runs afoul of the Merchant of Venom! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2020
Amazing Colossal 300th Episode!
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To celebrate the podcast's 300th 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 gives props, Larry David clears the room, Ben Gazzara enjoys a laugh and Humphrey Bogart visits 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
Feb 24, 2020
Dick Cavett and Robert Bader
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Gilbert and Frank welcome returning guests Dick Cavett and author-producer Robert Bader for a look back at Groucho Marx's memorable appearances on "The Dick Cavett Show" and a look ahead at the new Bader-directed HBO documentary, "Ali & Cavett: The Tale of the Tapes." Also, Johnny Carson disses Jerry Lewis, Zeppo misses Chico's wedding, Cary Grant romances Amelia Earhart and Danny Kaye zings the Duchess of Windsor. PLUS: Orson Welles meets the Fuhrer! The lost novel of Truman Capote! The triumphant return of Richard Loo! James Mason stars in "The Honeymooners"! And Dick reflects on his friendship with "The Greatest"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 17, 2020
Eric Roberts and Eliza Roberts
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Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts and actress/casting director Eliza Roberts regale Gilbert and Frank with tales from their five decades in Hollywood, including 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
Feb 10, 2020
Howard Storm and Steve Stoliar
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Gilbert and Frank welcome comedian and director Howard Storm (accompanied by writer Steve Stoliar) for a funny and fascinating conversation about the glory days of burlesque, the heyday of Jewish gangsters, the challenges of directing Redd Foxx, Don Rickles and Robin Williams and Howard's entertaining new memoir (co-authored by Steve), "The Imperfect Storm." Also, Desi Arnaz saves the day, Raquel Welch acts the diva, Harry Belafonte breaks Jack Rollins' heart and Howard crosses swords with Don Adams, Lucille Ball and Georgie Jessel (among others). PLUS: Wayland Flowers and Madame! Praising Valerie Harper! The genius of Bud Abbott! The return of "Dueling Grouchos"! And Howard recalls the making of "Broadway Danny Rose"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2020
In Memoriam 2019
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Gilbert and Frank are once again joined by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael H. Weber for a fond look back at some of the unforgettable artists who left us in 2019, including Doris Day, Arte Johnson, Valerie Harper, Rene Auberjonois and Carol Channing. Also in this episode: Diahann Carroll takes a stand, Rip Torn takes on Norman Mailer, Albert Finney turns down "Lawrence of Arabia" and Peggy Lipton pens a Frank Sinatra standard. PLUS: "Defending Your Life"! "The Kid Stays in the Picture"! The man behind "The Monkees"! The original Sheriff Truman! The comic genius of Tim Conway!  And the boys bid farewell to the last of the Golden Age directors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2020
Paul Reiser
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Comedian, writer and Emmy-nominated actor Paul Reiser drops by the studio for a funny and intimate conversation about breaking into standup, shooting a (failed) pilot with Gilbert, working with longtime heroes Peter Falk and Alan Arkin and recreating the glory days of "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Also, Mel Brooks brings wine, George Carlin stays for breakfast, Michael Douglas transforms into Liberace and Jerry Lewis guest-stars on "Mad About You." PLUS: Freddie Roman! The Great Flydini! Tony Danza plays Fred de Cordova! Gilbert and Paul go to the movies! And the boys praise the many talents of Richard Kind! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2020
Ernie Kovacs Centennial Celebration with Josh Mills and Ben Model
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To mark the centennial year of TV legend Ernie Kovacs, Gilbert and Frank welcome historian Josh Mills and Kovacs archivist Ben Model for a look back at the pioneering broadcaster's lasting impact and influence on David Letterman, Conan O'Brien, Monty Python and The Kids in the Hall (among others). Also, Billy Wilder comes to dinner, Ernie shoots a pilot with Buster Keaton, Jack Lemmon joins the Nairobi Trio and Josh remembers his mom (and Kovacs' widow), Edie Adams. PLUS: Percy Dovetonsils! "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World"! Josh meets Groucho Marx! Edie dates Peter Sellers! And Gilbert "inspires" a silent film score! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2020
Marilu Henner
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Actress and best-selling author Marilu Henner joins Gilbert and Frank for a laugh-filled conversation about the sex appeal of Danny DeVito, the physical comedy of John Ritter, the star power of Burt Reynolds and the "gift" of her unusual (and uncanny) memory. Also, Larry David pens a love letter, Charles Durning teaches ballroom dancing, Gilbert flirts with Princess Leia and Marilu looks back on the films "L.A. Story," "Johnny Dangerously" and "Cannonball Run II." PLUS: Dom DeLuise! The legend of Andy Kaufman! Bob Costas' "Ed Ames moment"! Shirley MacLaine works the room! Ol' Blue Eyes plays the MDA telethon! And Marilu picks her favorite episodes of "Taxi"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2020
Kenny Loggins
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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 challenges of penning songs for movies like "Top Gun" and "Footloose" and his "accidental" partnership with writer-producer Jim Messina. Also, Kenny auditions 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! Rick Cowling sits in! Gilbert auditions for "Caddyshack II"! And Kenny (and Gilbert) guest star on "Family Guy"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2019
CHRISTMAS 2019 with MARIO CANTONE
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Actor-comedian Mario Cantone returns to help Gilbert and Frank usher in the holiday season with a spirited conversation about misleading movie titles, lecherous cartoon characters, politically correct Christmas carols, the genius of Paul Frees (and Frank Loesser) and the 80th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz." Also: Jack Cassidy teams with Jim Backus, Judy Garland locks horns with Busby Berkeley, Ricardo Montalban serenades Esther Williams and Gilbert gets accosted by Snow White. PLUS: Jan-Michael Vincent! The musical stylings of Lucille Ball! "Christmas on the Ponderosa"! Tony Curtis tells off Danny Kaye! And "Frosty the Snowman" turns 50! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 23, 2019
"Blazing Saddles" 45th Anniversary Tribute with Andrew Bergman and Norman Steinberg
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"Blazing Saddles" screenwriters ANDREW BERGMAN and NORMAN STEINBERG return to the podcast to commemorate the film's 45th anniversary and to regale Gilbert and Frank with behind-the-scenes stories of deleted scenes, writer's room antics, last-minute casting changes and characters who didn't make the cut. Also, Mel Brooks sends up Humphrey Bogart, Cleavon Little replaces James Earl Jones, Richard Pryor puts on a maid's uniform and John Carradine plays "John Carradine." PLUS: "Honeymoon in Vegas"! "My Favorite Year"! Marlon Brando mumbles! Stanley Kubrick tortures Slim Pickens! And the boys remember Madeline Kahn, Harvey Korman and Gene Wilder!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2019
Artie Lange
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Comedian and actor Artie Lange returns to the podcast for an off-the-wall conversation about Twitter outrage, miscast actors, superhero movie overkill, the cinema of Michael Mann and the kindness of Frankie Valli. Also, James Caan cracks a joke, Roger Moore turns on the charm, Jackie Gleason turns down "The French Connection" and Artie recites dialogue from "Elf," "The Sting" and "Smokey and the Bandit." PLUS: The legend of Mr. Baseball! "The Pope of Greenwich Village"! In praise of Walter Matthau! Abbott and Costello meet The Godfather! And Artie remembers the late, great Don Rickles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
Marsha Mason
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Oscar-nominated actress-director Marsha Mason joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the value of character actors, the importance of onscreen chemistry, the true story behind "Bogart Slept Here" and her memories of collaborating with (and living with) the legendary Neil Simon. Also, Peter Falk shares the spotlight, Dustin Hoffman inspires "The Goodbye Girl," Paul Newman introduces Marsha to auto racing and Gilbert sings the theme song from "Cinderella Liberty." PLUS: "Dark Shadows"! "The Cheap Detective"! The superstitions of Peter Sellers! The elusiveness of George Segal! And Marsha co-stars with Albert Finney, Anthony Hopkins and Jason Robards! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
Mini #244: Gilbert and Frank Give Thanks
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This week: Gorillas gone wild! "Life with Lucy"! Miss Frances of "Ding Dong School"! Gilbert tangles with Jackie the Joke Man! And Frank thanks the (many) people behind the podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2019
Bob Bergen and Rob Paulsen
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Gilbert and Frank talk to celebrated voice actors Bob Bergen (Porky Pig, Tweety, Marvin the Martian) and Rob Paulsen (Pinky, Yakko, Jimmy Neutron) about the loyalty of voice performers, giving back to fans, the generosity of Daws Butler and Casey Kasem and the voices behind Toucan Sam, Charlie the Tuna and the Pillsbury Doughboy. Also, Orson Welles hits the bottle, Mickey Rooney "inspires" Walt Disney, Rob hangs with Rip Taylor (and Jonathan Harris) and 14-year-old Bob cold-calls Mel Blanc. PLUS: "What's Opera Doc?" The genius of Randy Rogel! The outrageousness of Bob Ridgely! Remembering Marvin Kaplan! And Bob teaches Gilbert to do Porky Pig! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Mini #243: Gilbert & Frank Read Patreon Questions
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This week: Celebrating Dick Cavett! Right Said Fred! Billy Barty to the rescue! "The Incredible Melting Man" The Marxes sing "The Monkey Doodle-Do"! And Gilbert guest-stars in "Silk Stalkings"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2019
286. Stephen Bishop
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Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Stephen Bishop joins Gilbert and Frank for an enormously entertaining conversation about secret song origins, Beatles trading cards, the glory days of Top 40, auditioning for Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson and chumming around with Burt Bacharach, John Belushi, Carrie Fisher and Harry Nilsson. Also, Bob Dylan hails a cab, Warren Beatty eats a bowl of chili, Gilbert swipes shampoo from Donald Fagen and Stephen and Linda Ronstadt cover "The Monster Mash." PLUS: Frank Sinatra Jr! Praising Randy Newman! (and Jimmy Webb)! "Sex Kittens Go to College"! And Stephen cameos in "Animal House," "The Blues Brothers" and "Kentucky Fried Movie"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Mini #242: GGACP Memories with Frank Verderosa
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This week: Uncle Junior sings! The generosity of Matthew Broderick! Nutmeg Post trivia! Joey Pants feuds with his family! And the boys remember the irrepressible Bill Macy! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2019
285. Danny Huston
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Gilbert and Frank chat with actor-director Danny Huston ("Wonder Woman," "The Aviator," "Hitchcock") about meeting Orson Welles, directing Robert Mitchum, getting inside the heads of big-screen bad guys and growing up with (and working with) 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
Nov 11, 2019
Mini #241: Remembering Paul Lynde with author Cathy (Fitzgibbon) Rudolph
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This week: "Bye Bye Birdie!" The Comedy of Alice Ghostley! The ageless Peter Marshall! And Gil and Frank pay "tribute" to "The Paul Lynde Halloween Special"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2019
284. Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski
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Screenwriters and producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski return to the podcast to talk about (among other topics) the 25th anniversary of "Ed Wood," the exuberance of Milos Forman, the bizarro cinema of Rudy Ray Moore and their new Eddie Murphy vehicle, "Dolemite is My Name." Also, Jim Carrey pranks Danny DeVito, Tim Burton befriends Vincent Price, Ray Walston "replaces" Peter Sellers and Scott and Larry remember the late, great Martin Landau. PLUS: Appreciating Robert Morse! The legacy of William Goldman! Mae West seduces 007! The Marx Brothers meet the Master of Disaster! And Scott and Larry pick their favorite big-screen biopics!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
Mini #240: Universal Horror Films with Author-Historian Gary Gerani. Part 2
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This week: The monster takes a mate! Bela Lugosi's finest hour! The strange life of Edgar G. Ulmer! And the absurd brilliance of "The Black Cat"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2019
283. Rick Baker
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For their annual Halloween episode, Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy and Oscar-winning makeup master Rick Baker for a compelling conversation about horror hosts, gorilla suits, Aurora model kits, "Famous Monsters of Filmland" and the enduring influence of makeup legends Jack Pierce and Dick Smith. Also, Eddie Murphy ups his game, Milicent Patrick gets her due, Rick transforms Martin Landau into Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee dresses up as...Christopher Lee. PLUS: "The Thing with Two Heads"! In praise of Ray Harryhausen! The ingenuity of Lon Chaney! The guerilla cinema of Larry Cohen! And Rick accepts an Oscar from Vincent Price! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
Mini #239: Universal Horror Films with Author-Historian Gary Gerani
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This week: Directed by Roger Corman! The music of Billy Goldenberg! The trials of Colin Clive! Boris Karloff goes bowling! And King Tut inspires "The Mummy"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2019
282. Dennis Lambert
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Gilbert and Frank chat with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Dennis Lambert ("One Tin Soldier," "Nightshift," "Ain't No Woman Like the One I've Got") who talks about working the Catskills as a boy singer, shopping songs in the Brill Building era, producing hit records for the Four Tops and the Righteous Brothers and co-creating the much-maligned Starship hit, "We Built This City." Also, Neil Diamond hawks holiday tunes, Carole King demos "One Fine Day," Gilbert "covers" Glen Campbell and Dennis becomes a superstar in the Philippines. PLUS: Freddie and the Dreamers! The artistry of Levi Stubbs! The versatility of Steve Lawrence! "Billy Jack" gets a message from God! And Dennis breaks down the construction of a Top 10 hit! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2019
Mini #238: Tales from "The Carson Podcast" with Mark Malkoff (and Phil Rosenthal)
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This week: The flamboyance of Monti Rock! "The "magic" of Uri Geller! Johnny locks horns with "Saturday Night Live"! Mark (finally) lands Doc Severinsen! And Phil discovers the infamous "Jack Frost" sketch! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2019
281. Phil Rosenthal
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Emmy-winning comedy writer, food lover and raconteur Phil Rosenthal returns to the podcast for an in-depth conversation about New York-style pizza, celebrity PSAs, "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: Nick Apollo Forte! "Ratatouille"! The timelessness of "Tootsie"! Appreciating 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
Oct 14, 2019
Mini #237: TV Turkeys
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This week: "Pink Lady and Jeff"! "Misfits of Science"! The follies of Fred Silverman! The humbling of Jackie Gleason! And the shortest-running sketch show of all time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 10, 2019
280. Treat Williams
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Actor, writer and cinephile Treat Williams stops by the studio to talk about his 45 years in film, his admiration for Frank Capra and William Wyler, his love of old movie theaters and his memories of working with legendary directors Milos Forman, Sergio Leone and Steven Spielberg. Also, Vincent Price disses Alan Thicke, John Belushi auditions for "Hair," Gilbert hangs with Katharine Hepburn and Treat cameos in "The Empire Strikes Back"! PLUS: "The Phantom"! Praising Bob Balaban! The mastery of Sidney Lumet! Gene Hackman cuts to the check! And Treat remembers James Cagney, Martin Landau and Orson Welles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 07, 2019
Mini #236: "Amazing Colossal PROGRESSIVE Listener Society” Mailbag
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This week: "Heartbeeps!" "Polyester" in Odorama! James Bond plays Inspector Clouseau! Paul Raeburn presents the Justice League! And the boys reveal their favorite westerns (and gangster movies)! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 03, 2019
279. Don Reo
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Comedy writer, producer and showrunner Don Reo regales Gilbert and Frank with memorable anecdotes about Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Redd Foxx, Jackie Gleason and Bob Hope and shares behind-the-scenes stories from classic shows like "Rhoda," "Sanford and Son" and "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In." Also, Groucho takes a phone call, Tom Waits provides inspiration, Robert Altman cuts to the chase and Don joins forces with the legendary Slappy White. PLUS: Phil Spector Week! "The Rifleman" loses his cool! The return of "The Honeymooners"! The comedy stylings of Elton John! And Don remembers the late, great Clarence Clemons! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 30, 2019
Mini #235: Amazing Colossal Trivia Call-in Show (with Rupert Holmes), Part 2
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This week: Harpo speaks! Peter Falk gets hammered! Gary Lewis & the Playboys! The brilliance of "The Black Cat"! And Neil Young teams with the Monkees! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 26, 2019
278. Amazing Colossal Trivia Call-in Show (with Rupert Holmes)
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by special guest pop culture expert Rupert Holmes for the first-ever "Amazing Colossal Trivia Call-in Show." Also: Cesar Romero meets Sid Melton, Kirk Douglas inspires "Barney Miller," Jay Leno partners with Pat Morita and Frank Gorshin passes the torch to Jamie Farr. PLUS: "The Phantom of the Paradise"! "The Return of Doctor X"! James Bond's greatest nemesis! Rupert hangs with Charles Bronson! The curse of the Spinal Tap drummers! And the secret origin of "Escape (The Pina Colada Song")! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 23, 2019
Mini #234: Stump the Hosts (Music Version) Part 2 with Kevin Dougherty and Darryl Mayeski
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This week: The Velvet Fog! Illya Kuryakin rocks! Saluting Screem magazine! The versatility of Craig Bierko! And the boys remember the late, great James Karen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 19, 2019
277. Jackie Martling and Billy West 
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Two of Gilbert and Frank's favorite guests, comedian Jackie Martling and voice actor Billy West return to the podcast for a no-holds-barred conversation about the cinema of George Pal, the versatility of Paul Frees, the uniqueness of Peter Sellers and the enduring legend of Joe Franklin. Also, Jonathan Winters disses Don Adams, Jack Carter guests on "Ren & Stimpy," Billy meets The Man from Uncle and Jackie weighs in on the Gilbert-Shecky Greene clash. PLUS: "Shock Theater"! "7 Faces of Dr. Lao"! The return of the Jackie puppet! Curly Howard takes a bullet! And George Jessel duets with...George Jessel? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 16, 2019
Mini #233: Stump the Hosts (Music Version) with Kevin Dougherty and Darryl Mayeski
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This week: The heartbreak of Rondo Hatton! The gospel of Esther Rolle! Burt Ward meets Frank Zappa! Jack Klugman covers Carly Simon! And John Mulaney teams with Richard Kind! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 12, 2019
276. James Burrows
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Emmy-winning director James Burrows talks about the importance of the "straight man," the influence of his legendary dad Abe Burrows, the societal impact of "Will & Grace" and the winning formulas behind "Taxi," "Cheers," "Friends" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." Also, Andy Kaufman comes to dinner, Woody Harrelson changes the game, Norman Lear writes a fan letter and James meets John Steinbeck, Truman Capote and Groucho Marx. PLUS: Sydney Pollack! Remembering Ruth Gordon! The comedy of Patchett and Tarses! The generosity of Jay Sandrich! And James directs the "All in the Family" reboot! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 09, 2019
Mini #232: Donnie Dunagan, Part 2
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This week: Lionel Atwill! The generosity of Margaret Hamilton! Uncle Walt rolls out the red carpet! And Pearl Harbor delays the release of "Bambi"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 05, 2019
275. Jeff Abraham and Burt Kearns
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Comedy historian Jeff Abraham and producer-filmmaker Burt Kearns discuss their new book, The Show Won't Go On and provide fascinating backstories on the untimely (and unusual) passings of Dick Shawn, Joe E. Ross, Al Kelly, Parkyakarkus and Karl Wallenda (among others). Also, Moe Howard wears a dress, Sid Caesar packs heat, Burt Reynolds gets a paint job and Paul Anka tears down Wayne Newton. PLUS: Carmen Miranda's final bow! The poetry of Buddy Hackett! The history of the "bullet catch"! The strange death of Washington Irving Bishop! And Jeff and Burt attend the Jerry Lewis auction! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 02, 2019
Mini #231: "Son of Frankenstein" Actor Donnie Dunagan, Part 1
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This week: Remembering Walter Brennan! "Mother's Carey's Chickens"! Bela Lugosi gets a nickname! And Donnie plays checkers with Boris Karloff! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 29, 2019
274. Robert Wuhl Returns
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back one of their most popular guests, comedian and actor Robert Wuhl, who holds court on a variety of subjects, including bad biopics, overrated film classics, the real story of Ty Cobb and the 30th anniversary of Tim Burton's "Batman." Also, Jack Nicholson hatches a plan, Ward Bond tangles with Martin Landau, John Ford takes on Cecil B.DeMille and Robert remembers his friends Joe Bologna, Bruno Kirby and Trey Wilson. PLUS: "The Babe Ruth Story"! The villainy of Frank Fay! The cinema of Michael Ritchie! Neil Simon teams with Peter Sellers! And Robert reprises his Oscar voting rules! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 26, 2019
Mini #230: Remembering Saturday Morning Cartoons with Mark McCray
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This week: "Milton the Monster"! "A Man Called Flintstone"! The genius of Jack Urbont (and Hoyt Curtin)! Gilbert sings the "King Kong" theme! And the return of Jerry the Bellybutton Elf! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 22, 2019
273. Larry “Ratso” Sloman
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by author, journalist and songwriter (and Gilbert's old pal) Larry "Ratso" Sloman for a conversation about the Jewishness of Elvis Presley, the glory days of "Rolling Stone," the mysterious death of Harry Houdini and the new Martin Scorsese documentary, "Rolling Thunder: A Bob Dylan Story." Also, Al Lewis takes the stand, Joni Mitchell takes umbrage, Floyd the barber meets Robert Zimmerman and Ratso recalls adventures with Joan Baez, Leonard Cohen, George Harrison and Al Goldstein. PLUS: Gogi Grant! "Renaldo and Clara"! "Fred Mertz' Night Out"! Ratso samples Bela Lugosi! And Gilbert stars in "National Lampoon's" Foto Funnies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 19, 2019
Mini #229: TV Theme Songs of 1969
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This week: "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman"! "Chiller Theater vs. Creature Features"! The mastery of Lalo Schifrin! Gilbert guests on "Sesame Street"! And Frank's dad hangs with Ben Casey! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 15, 2019
272. Griffin Dunne
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Actor, producer and director Griffin Dunne drops by the studio to talk about vanishing New York, teaming up with Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet, the timelessness of Billy Wilder's "Ace in the Hole" and the life (and work) of his famous family members, Dominick Dunne and Joan Didion. Also, Otto Preminger takes a bad trip, Jerry Lewis interprets Gore Vidal, Griffin sneaks onto the set of "Gilligan's Island" and Tim Burton (almost) directs "After Hours." PLUS: "The Panic in Needle Park"! The artistry of Harry Nilsson! The brilliance of Rick Baker! Howdy Doody pleasures himself! And Griffin shares the screen with the Material Girl!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 12, 2019
Mini #228: Dave & Dave's Record Collection (with Dave Millstein and Dave Seidel)
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This week: 2 Live Crew! Burgess Meredith sings! Mad magazine on vinyl! The late, great Leon Redbone! Gilbert tries to name the podcast theme song! And Lon Chaney Jr. "pays homage" to Bobby "Boris" Pickett! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 08, 2019
271. Ted Wass
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Actor-director Ted Wass ("Soap," "Oh God! You Devil," "Curse of the Pink Panther") regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about everyone from George Burns to James Coburn to Tony Randall, recalls the many controversies surrounding "Soap," and looks back on the impossible task of replacing the legendary Peter Sellers. Also, Raymond Burr narrates the Bible, Gilbert gushes over the "Sheena" movie, Frank reads the infamous "Soap" memo and Harvey Korman "owns" Ted's funny bone. PLUS: "Experiment in Terror"! Praising Robert Wagner! Remembering Janet Margolin! Martin Mull slays the room! The brilliance of Susan Harris! And Ted directs Phyllis Diller, Kathleen Freeman and William Shatner! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2019
Mini #227: Gilbert & Frank's Patreon Mailbag
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This week: From the desk of Mel Blanc! Remembering Rip Torn! The comedy of Robert Schimmel! "Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman"! And Gilbert Gottfried meets Gilbert O'Sullivan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2019
270. Neil Sedaka
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Gilbert and Frank are thrilled to welcome 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: 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
Jul 29, 2019
Mini #226: Raybone's Record Collection
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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
Jul 25, 2019
269. "Twilight Zone" 60th Anniversary Panel with Gary Gerani, Nick Parisi and Anne Serling
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To mark the 60th anniversary of the original "Twilight Zone," Gilbert and Frank welcome historian Gary Gerani, author NickParisi and Rod Serling's daughter Anne Serling, to discuss one of the most groundbreaking programs in television history -- and the man behind it. Also: Desi Arnaz leads the way, Ray Bradbury lends a hand, Richard Matheson joins the team and Anne reveals her dad's favorite TZ actors. PLUS: "Rod Serling's Night Gallery"! The brilliance of Bernard Herrmann (and Jerry Goldsmith)! Gilbert sends up Ed Wynn! Buster Keaton enters the Twilight Zone! And the panel picks their most underrated TZepisodes! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 22, 2019
Mini #225: Gilbert & Frank's Twitter Mailbag
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This week: "The Paul Lynde Show"! Gilbert of the Apes! The secret of Superman's cape! Mike McPadden's "Teen Movie Hell"! And the triumphant return of Giggles Gazoo! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 18, 2019
268. Beverly D’Angelo
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Actress and singer Beverly D'Angelo ("National Lampoon's Vacation," "Hair," "Coal Miner's Daughter") joins Gilbert and Frank for a VERY spirited conversation about her long, strange trip through show business, her gig as a Hanna-Barbera storyboard artist, her enduring friendships with Chevy Chase and Carrie Fisher and her on-screen collaborations with Woody Allen, Alan Arkin, Eddie Bracken, Ava Gardner and Peter O'Toole. Also: Beverly auditions for "Raging Bull," Gilbert reads "Fifty Shades of Grey," Burgess Meredith puts on the moves and Bela Lugosi directs a Marx Brothers movie. PLUS: Lurleen Lumpkin! "The Sentinel"! Remembering Patsy Cline! In praise of Andrew Bergman! And Beverly favors the boys with "The Girl from Ipanema"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 15, 2019
Mini #224: Mr. Skin Returns!
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This week: The cinema of Russ Meyer! The Golden Age of TV nudity! The scourge of body doubles! And Gilbert learns the meaning of a "Marty Feldman"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 11, 2019
267. Charles Fox
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Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their favorite composers, Grammy and Emmy winner Charles Fox, who looks back on a six-decade career of writing top 40 hits ("Killing Me Softly with His Song") as well as music and themes for TV shows ("Happy Days," "Wonder Woman") feature films ("Barbarella," "9 to 5") and game shows ("Match Game," "What's My Line?"). Also, Charles teams with Barry Manilow, pens a tune for Burt Reynolds, witnesses the Ed Ames tomahawk incident and remembers friends Neal Hefti, Jerry Goldsmith and Henry Mancini. PLUS: "Love, American Style"! The Charles Fox Singers! The inventiveness of Ernie Kovacs! Gilbert sings the soundtrack from "Zapped!" And the boys pay loving tribute to Paul Williams! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 08, 2019
Mini #223: GGACP Listener Society Mailbag
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This week: "Mad Dog and Glory"! A Quinn Martin Production! Appreciating Burt Bacharach! The gangster films of James Cagney! Frank reveals beloved bedtime stories! And the Irish-Catholic comedy of Gilbert Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 04, 2019
266. GGACP LIVE Singalong and Trivia Show
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Gilbert and Frank return to Sid Gold's Request Room in New York City for a LIVE singalong episode, accompanied by pianist extraordinaire Joe McGinty and a roomful of passionate (and knowledgeable!) listeners. Also, Helen Reddy gets the jump on Bette Midler, Herve Villechaize covers the Captain & Tennille, Gilbert picks a bone with Kenny Rogers and Dustin Hoffman shares the screen with Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show. PLUS: Ace of Base! The songs of Shel Silverstein! "The Blind Man in the Bleachers"! "The Wreck of the Barry Fitzgerald! " And the boys salute GGACP guests Ron Dante, Neil Sedaka and Paul Williams! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 01, 2019
Mini #222: Dara's Mom's Record Collection
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This week: J. Fred Muggs! "Blackboard Jungle"! The brilliance of Charles Fox! Krusty the Clown sings! And the gang bids a fond farewell to Doris Day! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 27, 2019
265. Gavin MacLeod
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Captain Stubing himself, actor Gavin MacLeod climbs aboard the Amazing Colossal Podcast for a fun-filled conversation about paying dues, playing bad guys, crushing on Marilyn Monroe, acting with (and without) a hairpiece and sharing a years-long friendship with the late, great Ted Knight. Also, Gavin praises Cary Grant, ad-libs with Peter Sellers, cuts the rug with Bing Crosby and breaks into the business with Martin Balsam, Martin Landau and Jack Warden. PLUS: Big Chicken! "Chuckles Bites the Dust"! The brilliance of Blake Edwards! A surprise caller chimes in! And Gavin and Tony Curtis share a donut!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 24, 2019
Mini #221: Gino Salomone Returns! (Again)
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This week: The Jill St. John story! Chico Marx stars in "Psycho"! Ron Jeremy meets a Munchkin! Gilbert is mistaken for Pat Morita! And Gino shares a hot tub with Mr. T! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 20, 2019
264. Chip Kidd
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Award-winning designer, author and pop culture historian Chip Kidd joins Gilbert and Frank for a lively (and educational!) conversation about memorable movie posters, Jewish comic book creators, the convoluted history of Captain Marvel and the 80th anniversary of the Caped Crusader. Also, King Kong goes to Japan, Andrew Wyeth inspires Charles M. Schulz, Gilbert plays a Superman villain and Chip designs the iconic "Jurassic Park" logo. PLUS: Tobor the 8th Man! Batman vs. Godzilla! In praise of Alex Ross! The strange death of Jack Cole! And Saul Bass directs the "Psycho" shower scene! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 17, 2019
Mini #220: "Teen Movie Hell" with Mike "McBeardo" McPadden
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This week: "The Last American Virgin"! Mad Magazine (P)resents "Up the Academy"! John Hughes changes the game! Christopher Lee goes slumming! And Gilbert looks back at "USA Up All Night"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 13, 2019
263. Jeff Ross and Dave Attell
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Comedian and Roastmaster General Jeff Ross returns to the podcast (along with special drop-in guest Dave Attell) to talk about performing in the age of political correctness, using comedy as a teaching tool, the lesser-known stand-ups of the '50s and '60s and the Netflix series "Bumping Mics" and "Historical Roasts." Also, Aretha Franklin flips the bird, Jeff takes down Jerry Lewis, Dave gives props to Steve Martin (and Rod Serling) and the boys remember the never-aired New York Friars Club roasts. PLUS: "The Omega Man"! Uncle Miltie whips it out! Gilbert boards the Maxi-Bus! Dave launches a new series! And Jeff pays tribute to the late, great Don Rickles! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 10, 2019
Mini #219: Remembering Tim Conway (with Arnie Kogen and Bill Persky)
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This week: "The Tim Conway Show"! The legend of "Turn-On"! Tim teams with Ernie Anderson! Bill pens a "McHale's Navy" episode! And Arnie shares an office with Pat McCormick! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 06, 2019
262. Ron Friedman Returns
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By popular demand, legendary television writer Ron Friedman ("The Odd Couple," "The Andy Griffith Show," "All in the Family," "Barney Miller") returns to discuss the structure of storytelling, the importance of escapism and the inspirations for Captain Marvel and the Sub-Mariner and to regale Gilbert and Frank with all-new stories about Lucille Ball, Lenny Bruce, Tony Randall, Danny Thomas and (of course) Pat McCormick. Also, Jack Benny takes a stand, Carol Wayne dodges a bullet, John Huston tangles with Errol Flynn and Ron remembers his friend, the late, great Stan Lee. PLUS: Stump and Stumpy! Herve Villechaize's doppelgänger! Marilyn Monroe converts! Buster Crabbe teams with Chuck McCann! And Ron kills off a beloved fictional character!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 03, 2019
Mini #218: The History of Drag with Frank DeCaro
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This week: Tommy Velour! "Jethrine" Bodine! The artistry of Charles Pierce! The other side of Flip Wilson! Uncle Miltie's "meaty tuck"! And Herman Munster becomes a cocktail waitress! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 30, 2019
261. Richard Marx
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by Grammy-winning singer-songwriter (and amateur comedian) Richard Marx for a conversation about the disappearance of "story songs," the futility of "chasing hit records," the long-lost art of commercial jingle writing and the versatility of film composers John Barry and Dave Grusin. Also, Charlie Chaplin pens a standard, Kenny Rogers pulls a shrewd move, Ben Gazzara pops into Gilbert's head and Tony Bennett and Bob Newhart remember Richard's dad, Dick Marx. PLUS: Earth, Wind & Fire! The genius of Burt Bacharach! Lionel Richie makes a phone call! Lenny Bruce plays Mister Kelly's! And Richard reveals the song he wishes he'd written! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 27, 2019
Mini #217: Dara's CD Collection
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This week: The Jewish Elvis! The Divine Miss M! Cole Porter goes west! The cinema of Art Garfunkel! And Pat Benatar plays "Catch a Rising Star"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 23, 2019
260. John Davidson
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A long sought-after guest, singer-actor-TV host John Davidson (finally!) joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about his six decades in show business, his admiration for stand-up comedians, his ability to play the role of "John Davidson" and his memories of working with Julie Andrews, Lucille Ball, George Carlin, Bob Hope and Elvis Presley. Also, John dines with Walt Disney, opens for Jack Benny, steers clear of Paul Lynde and guest-hosts "The Tonight Show" 87 times. PLUS: "The Streets of San Francisco"! In praise of Peter Marshall! The sex appeal of Ricardo Montalban! Don Rickles lays it on the line! And John looks back on the golden age of variety shows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 20, 2019
Mini #216: Frank's Record Collection
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This week: The poster boys of one-hit wonders! The genius of Jimmy Webb (and P.F. Sloan)! The musical stylings of David Soul! Gilbert opens for Buster Poindexter! And the tragic tale of Badfinger! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 16, 2019
259. Irwin Winkler
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Oscar-winning producer Irwin Winkler ("Rocky," "Goodfellas," "Raging Bull," "The Right Stuff") looks back on a half-century of movie-making and shares behind-the-scenes stories about working with Robert De Niro, Jane Fonda, Sydney Pollack, Martin Scorsese, Jessica Lange and Kevin Kline (to name a few). Also, Al Pacino walks off the set, Sly Stallone sticks to his guns, Jerry Orbach befriends a mobster and Irwin tackles the Hollywood blacklist. PLUS: "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" Remembering Burgess Meredith! Peter Bogdanovich rides again! Elvis replaces Julie Christie! And Irwin reveals the movies he never got to make! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 13, 2019
Mini #215: Gilbert & Frank's Colossal Mailbag
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This week: "The Groucho Letters"! Herman Munster gets frisky! Paul Lynde does community theater! The terrifying tales of Kliph Nesteroff! And the novelty records of Dickie Goodman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 09, 2019
258. Robert Wagner
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Gilbert and Frank welcome screen legend Robert Wagner, who talks about his years as a 20th Century Fox contract player, shares his memories of making the film classics "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 charms the crowd, 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 genius of Blake Edwards! And Robert pays tribute to Hollywood's greatest character actresses!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 06, 2019
Mini #214: REAL Bands of 1960s TV (with John Fotiadis)
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This week: "Far Out Munsters"! Paul Revere & the Raiders! The Peppermint Trolley Company! Mannix meets the Buffalo Springfield! And Chad & Jeremy tangle with Catwoman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 02, 2019
257. Paul Sand
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Tony-winning actor Paul Sand joins Gilbert and Frank to discuss 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 Barbara Streisand. Also, Judy Garland beats a retreat, Marcel Marceau joins the French Resistance, Paul tries on Harpo Marx's wig and a teenage Gilbert watches the filming of "The Hot Rock." PLUS: Elaine May! "The Mad Show"! Praising Valerie Harper! The genius of William Goldman! And Paul stars in a memorable episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 29, 2019
Mini #213: Fictional Bands of 1960s TV (with John Fotiadis)
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This week: Introducing the Bedbugs! The Mosquitoes land on "Gilligan's Island"! Bob Hope dons a Beatle wig! Floyd the Barber goes electric! And Larry Storch unleashes the Sacred Cows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 25, 2019
256. J. Elvis Weinstein
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Writer, comedian, filmmaker and original "Mystery Science Theater 3000" cast member J. Elvis Weinstein visits the podcast to talk about the early days of MST3K, the originality of "Freaks and Geeks," the perverse appeal of "Skidoo" (and "Robot Monster") and the long lost art of novelty records. Also, Gregory Peck taunts Nazis, Foster Brooks breaks character, "WKRP" inspires Tom Servo and Albert Brooks sends up Dickie "Mr. Jaws" Goodman. PLUS: "Ghost Dad"! "Manos: The Hands of Fate"! The eccentricities of Michael Des Barres! The abandoned Casey Kasem movie! Gilbert runs a Halloween scam! And J. Elvis reveals the Greg Kinnear donkey incident! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 22, 2019
Mini #212: TV History Hodgepodge
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This week: "Fish Police"! "The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo"! Fake Jan Brady! The horrors of "Life with Lucy"! In praise of William Shatner! And the boys remember the late, great Larry Cohen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 18, 2019
255. Marx Brothers Round Table with Robert S. Bader, Josh Frank and Bill Marx
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Lifelong Marx Brothers fanatics Gilbert and Frank are joined by a panel of Marx aficionados, including authors Robert S. Bader("Four of the Three Musketeers"), Josh Frank ("Giraffes on Horseback Salad") and Harpo's son, Bill Marx. Also: Chico works blue, Salvador Dali meets Louis B. Mayer, Harpo shares a bill with Allan Sherman and Bill visits the set of "Love Happy." PLUS: "The Big Store"! Harpo goes to Russia! Groucho livens up the party! Zeppo inspires Cary Grant! And Bill reveals his favorite Marx Brothers movie! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 15, 2019
Mini #211: Death Songs of the 1970s, Part 2
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This week: The haunting of David Letterman! Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods! The brilliance of Jimmy Webb (and Gordon Lightfoot)! Arnold Stang meets Al Capone! And introducing...Gilbert O' Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 11, 2019
254. Nancy Allen
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Gilbert and Frank welcome actress Nancy Allen ("Carrie," "Dressed to Kill," "RoboCop") for an engrossing conversation about her 40+ year career in movies, her firsthand experience of Hollywood's "New Wave," her love of film noir and her memories of working with influential directors Hal Ashby, Brian De Palma, Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. Also, Roger Moore holds court, John Belushi turns on the charm, Gilbert stands in for Sissy Spacek and Nancy sees a (very) rough cut of "Star Wars." PLUS: Remembering Martin Landau! The chaos of "1941"! Abel Ferrara talks turkey! Michael Caine puts on a dress! And Nancy reveals the horrors of "RoboCop 2"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2019
Mini #210: Death Songs of the 1970s
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This week: Rod McKuen tops the charts! Bobby Goldsboro cuts his toe! The tragic tunes of David Geddes! Gilbert gets a very special birthday tribute! And the song that "inspired" the Casey Kasem meltdown! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 04, 2019
253. Shep Gordon
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The legendary "Supermensch," talent manager and producer Shep Gordon joins Gilbert and Frank from his Hawaii home to share storied tales of his 50+ years in rock 'n' roll and to talk about the pitfalls of fame, the importance of "making history," the secret of client-manager relationships and the benefits of "bad" publicity. Also, Janis Joplin packs a punch, Cary Grant adopts a cat, Elton John gets showered in panties and Shep saves Raquel Welch from a wardrobe malfunction. PLUS: Wolfman Jack! The late, great Teddy Pendergrass! Groucho dishes dirt! Shep hangs with the Dalai Lama! And Alice Cooper gets fired out of a cannon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2019
Mini #209: "The Munsters" vs. "The Addams Family" (with Universal tour guide Chris DeRose)
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This week: "The Incredible Melting Man"! "Munster, Go Home!" The genius of Nat Perrin! (and Vic Mizzy)! Butch Patrick sells Woof Woof dolls! And John Astin chooses the name "Gomez"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 28, 2019
252. Andrew Bergman
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"Serpentine!" Screenwriter-director Andrew Bergman regales Gilbert and Frank with behind-the-scenes stories from two of cinema's most unforgettable comedies, "Blazing Saddles" and "The In-Laws," and looks back on working with showbiz legends George Burns, Red Buttons, Maximillian Schell, Jack Warden and (notably) Marlon Brando. Also, Johnny Carson turns down the Waco Kid, Richard Libertini "destroys" Alan Arkin, Gilbert writes a fan letter to Lon Chaney Jr. and Andrew's dad pens gags for Victor Borge. PLUS: "Honeymoon in Vegas"! The genius of Bob and Ray! Deconstructing "Duck Soup"! Mel Brooks sends up "The Caine Mutiny"! And Bert Parks sings to a Komodo dragon!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2019
GGACP Weekend Bonus Episode: Alan Alda's M*A*S*H Reunion
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Gilbert and Frank show their appreciation for previous guest Alan Alda by posting this M*A*S*H cast reunion show (from Alan's podcast "Clear + Vivid") as a special GGACP Weekend Bonus Episode (for those who may have missed it): M*A*S*H is the most beloved and one of the most watched TV shows of all time. It set viewing records that have never been broken and is ranked as one of the top 25 shows of all time. In this exclusive podcast, actors from this legendary show gather together for an uproarious and totally candid conversation about how they learned to connect with one another to create their special brand of entertainment on the screen and lifelong friendships off-camera. Join Alan Alda (“Capt.Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce”),Loretta Swit (“Maj. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan”),Jamie Farr (“Sgt. Maxwell Q. "Max" Klinger),Mike Farrell (Capt. B. J. Hunnicutt), and Gary Burghoff (Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly) for this intimate gathering of your M*A*S*H pals. The gang invites you to share in the memories and the laughter. Mostly the laughter — after all this is the 4077th. This episode is sponsored by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, please visit aldacenter.org/vivid [aldacenter.org] for more details. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2019
Mini #208: Gilbert & Frank's Twitter Mailbag
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This week: "Sullivan's Travels"! "Celebrity Bowling'! Paging Dr. Fred! Gilbert roasts/eulogizes Abe Vigoda! And Raybone gets a special gift from a fan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 21, 2019
251. Kliph Nesteroff
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Historian, bestselling author and "King of Comedy Lore" Kliph Nesteroff returns to the podcast to serve up an all-new assortment of scandalous showbiz tales and to hold court on a host of essential topics, including Hollywood's flirtation with fascism, the strange predilections of Bud Abbott and George Jessel, the mob's iron grip on the nightclub circuit and the rise and fall of celebrity fast food franchises. Also, Stu Gilliam goes berserk, Rock Hudson "marries" Jim Nabors, Groucho runs afoul of the FBI and Kliph gets a surprise phone call from Steve Martin. PLUS: The Mad Russian! Mickey Rooney's Weenie World! Hitler vs. the Three Stooges! Jerry Lewis pulls a gun! And Sammy Davis Jr. joins the Church of Satan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2019
Mini #207: 250th Episode Call-in Show Spectacular (Part 2)
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This week: "A Hard Day's Night"! Old Groucho returns! The brilliance of Gary Larson! Orson Welles directs Rich Little! And a caller shares the screen with Alan Ladd! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 14, 2019
250. 250th Episode Call-in Show Spectacular!
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Gilbert, Frank and the GGACP team celebrate episode #250 by fielding questions, comments and requests from fans and listeners in California, Ohio, Indiana, Washington, South Carolina and even Australia. Also in this episode: Lon Chaney grows a 'stache, Jackie Mason makes his move, Marty Allen inspires the masses and  Danny Thomas perfects the "spit take." PLUS: Rod Hull and His Emu! Iago sings again! In praise of Wacky Packages! The Richard Kind Fan Club! The genius of Bob Einstein! And Gilbert picks his favorite member of the Justice League!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 11, 2019
Mini #206: The Best of Celebrity Meltdowns
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This week: Sampling Casey Kasem! Gilbert covers Clarence Carter! Buddy Rich inspires Drew Friedman (and Jerry Seinfeld)! Al Pacino channels Paul Anka! And Charles Foster Kane pitches frozen peas! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 07, 2019
249. David McCallum
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The OTHER "Man from Uncle," TV icon David McCallum drops by the studio to talk about his days as a sex symbol and pop culture sensation, his lesser-known recording career, his star turn in a memorable "Outer Limits" episode and his roles in the film classics "A Night to Remember" and "The Great Escape." Also, David hosts "Hullabaloo," sings with Nancy Sinatra, cuts the rug with George Burns and shares a bill with Ray Charles and Ike & Tina Turner. PLUS: "Frankenstein: The True Story"! The durability of "Ducky" Mallard! The secret origin of Illya Kuriyakin! John Huston torments Montgomery Clift! And David remembers his friend and co-star Robert Vaughn! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 04, 2019
Mini #205:Character Actors of Classic Cinema: (E thru H)
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This week: The man who would be "Sneezy"! Fritz Feld gets "Lost in Space"! Kris Kringle battles giant ants! Dashiell Hammett inspires the Coen Brothers! And Mr. Rogers meets the Wicked Witch of the West! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 28, 2019
248. Austin Pendleton
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Gilbert and Frank sit down with another sought-after guest, Tony-nominated actor-director Austin Pendleton, for an entertaining conversation about the randomness of success, the myth of comic timing, the plight of character actors and the secret of surviving in a business without rules. Also, Austin directs Elizabeth Taylor, replaces Dustin Hoffman, turns down Robert Altman and shares the screen with Jackie Gleason, Jack Lemmon, Paul Newman and Barbra Streisand (to name a few). PLUS: "The Muppet Movie"! The wisdom of Otto Preminger! The diplomacy of Billy Wilder! Groucho ad-libs! Orson Welles disses Stanley Kubrick! And Austin remembers the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 25, 2019
Mini #204: Gilbert and Frank's Twitter Mailbag
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This week: Abe Vigoda! Naked vampires! "The General" turns 100! The legend of Alan Smithee! David Yazbek takes home a Grammy! And Gilbert and Frank salute the great Dick Miller! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 21, 2019
247. John Astin
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Gilbert and Frank are thrilled to (finally!) welcome actor and director John Astin, who looks back on a 60+ year career in films and television, recalls his collaborations with Doris Day, Cary Grant, Rod Serling and Jonathan Winters and reveals the positive impact that "The Addams Family" has had on his life. Also, John meets Groucho Marx, spoofs Hugh Hefner, records an early "rap" single and chews the scenery on "Batman.” PLUS: "Evil Roy Slade"! "I'm Dickens, He's Fenster"! The genius of Nat Perrin! The strange death of Edgar Allan Poe! And John remembers his friends and co-stars Jackie Coogan and Carolyn Jones! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 18, 2019
Mini #203: In Memoriam, 2018: Musicians
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This week: "Schoolhouse Rock"! Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show! Charles Aznavour works Jewish! The Queen of Soul bids farewell! And Vic Damone turns down "The Godfather"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 14, 2019
246. Larry Charles
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Writer-director Larry Charles ("Borat," "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm") joins Gilbert and Frank for an engrossing discussion on a wide range of topics, including humor as a survival tactic, the hazards of guerrilla filmmaking, the persuasive powers of Sacha Baron Cohen and the new Netflix show, "Larry Charles' Dangerous World of Comedy." Also, Mel Brooks sends up Bill Cullen, Jerry Lewis inspires Bob Dylan, Gilbert guest stars on "Mad About You" and Larry remembers the late, great Bob Einstein. PLUS: "Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp"! The Zen of Jack Nicholson! The influence of Jackie Mason! Larry hangs with Huntz Hall! And the "Seinfeld" episode that never aired! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 11, 2019
Mini #202: In Memoriam 2018: Writers and Directors (with Michael H. Weber)
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This week: The influence of Neil Simon! The versatility of William Goldman! Harlan Ellison clashes with Ol' Blue Eyes! Milos Forman takes on sumo wrestling! And the most controversial sex scenes of all time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2019
245. In Memoriam 2018
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Gilbert and Frank (aided by guest co-host Michael Weber) pay loving tribute to some of the artists and performers we lost in 2018, including John Mahoney, Barbara Harris, Tab Hunter, Margot Kidder and Bill Daily as well as former GGACP guests Ken Berry, Will Jordan, Charlotte Rae and Chuck McCann. Also in this episode: Laverne DeFazio makes good, Jerry Van Dyke breaks through, Burt Reynolds turns down 007 and Connie Sawyer opens for Sophie Tucker! PLUS: Marty Allen, war hero! The last surviving Munchkin! The magic of Ricky Jay! The villainy of Hal 9000! And Gilbert remembers his dear friend James Karen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 04, 2019
Mini #201: HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky
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This week: "The Sanford Arms"! "Chico and the Man: The Motion Picture!" Gilbert plays a bar mitzvah! The generosity of Richard Kind! And Scott quizzes the boys on super-tough movie trivia! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2019
244. Dennis Muren
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Gilbert and Frank (joined by guest co-host Michael Giacchino) chat with Oscar-winning special effects artist (and GGACP fan) Dennis Muren, who praises the artistry of stop-motion animation, looks back on the early days of Industrial Light & Magic and shares behind-the-scenes stories from the making of modern classics "E.T.," "Jurassic Park" and "The Empire Strikes Back." Also, Marlon Brando ages gracefully, Irwin Allen breaks up the Marx Brothers, Michael gets nostalgic for the "Temple of Doom" mine car sequence and Dennis remembers longtime friends Forrest Ackerman and Ray Harryhausen. PLUS: "Flesh Gordon"! The magic of Willis O'Brien! "Casablanca" in 3-D! Bob Burns recreates "The Exorcist"! And Dennis breaks down the transformation scene from "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 28, 2019
Mini #200: Character Actors of Classic Cinema (A thru D)
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This week: Saluting Fritz Feld! "Duck Soup" turns 85! The Master of the Slow Burn! Frank Capra's favorite heavy! And Gilbert extols the virtues of "Tarantula”! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2019
243. David Yazbek
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by Emmy-winning writer and Tony-winning composer David Yazbek ("The Full Monty," "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "The Band's Visit") for a funny and freewheeling conversation about the golden age of kiddie show hosts, the comedy albums of Spike Jones and Allan Sherman, the long-lost era of Top 40 radio and the trials (and triumphs) of composing music for the Broadway stage. Also, Jerry Lewis goes to therapy, Larry David whistles a happy tune, Gilbert remembers Kathleen Freeman and David weighs in on the "Baby, it's Cold Outside" controversy. PLUS: Umm Kulthum! "The Sammy Maudlin Show"! "Richard Kind Theater"! Moe Howard meets Officer Joe Bolton! And David critiques Gilbert's "musical" abilities! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 21, 2019
Mini #199: Gilbert and Frank's Twitter Mailbag
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This week: Saluting Steve Hannah! Landing (finally) John Astin! Remembering Bob Einstein! Gilbert gets a residual check! And the return of the Groovy Guru! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2019
242. Joel Grey
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Oscar and Tony-winning actor Joel Grey drops by the studio to have a bit of fun at the co-hosts' expense, to share amusing anecdotes about Bob Fosse, Buck Henry, Larry Hagman and Lana Turner and to discuss his new Yiddish language version of "Fiddler on the Roof." Also, Rita Hayworth breaks hearts, Pat McCormick plays Grover Cleveland, Gilbert pulls out his George Jessel impression and Joel shares the stage with the late, great Eddie Cantor. PLUS: "Man on a Swing"! Loving Jack Gilford! (and James Garner)! Hal Prince saves the day! The genius of Will Jordan! And Joel remembers his dad, the legendary Mickey Katz! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 14, 2019
Mini #198: Tales of Hollywood with Sandy Helberg
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This week: Albert Einstein on ice! "Terror in the Wax Museum"! Broderick Crawford hits the sauce! Groucho crashes an improv class! And Gilbert and Sandy co-star in "Meet Wally Sparks"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2019
241. Dick Cavett
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Gilbert and Frank kick off 2019 by welcoming back the legendary Dick Cavett, who shares delightful anecdotes about Jack Benny, Stan Laurel, Truman Capote and Walter Winchell (among others) and looks back on memorable interviews with Orson Welles, John Lennon, Frank Capra, George Harrison and Laurence Olivier. Also, Peter Lorre fails an audition, Lily Tomlin storms off the stage, Bob Hope comes to Lincoln, Nebraska and Jack Paar sabotages "Fat Jack" Leonard. PLUS: Oskar Homolka! "Chuckles Bites the Dust"! The return of Richard Loo! Johnny Carson disses Jerry Lewis! And Dick introduces Groucho at Carnegie Hall! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 07, 2019
Mini #197: Thanking the GGACP On-Air Team
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This week: Dracula Gottfried! "Q: The Winged Serpent"! The return of "Dummy in the Window"! John Beach channels Tommy James! And Gilbert hears the "Listener Mail" themes for the first time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2019
240. Sandy Hackett
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Producer, actor and comedian Sandy Hackett reminisces about his legendary dad Buddy Hackett, shares his memories of mob-run Las Vegas and looks back on personal experiences with Joey Bishop, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra (to name a few). Also, Sandy guests on "Laugh-In," Bert Lahr pitches potato chips, Jimmy Durante "kicks the bucket" and Buddy and Hugh O'Brian fill in for Abbott and Costello. PLUS: Spike Jones! Spencer Tracy's last stand! Pat Morita bends the elbow! Albert Anastasia buys the farm! And Buddy and Jack Paar go to Tokyo! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 31, 2018
Mini #196: Gilbert Opens Christmas Gifts from Listeners
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This week: "Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery"! The Johnny Gregory Orchestra! "Dr. Butcher: Medical Deviate"! And "The Gilbert Gottfried Munchausen by Proxy Telethon!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2018
239. Christmas Spectacular with Mario Cantone
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate the holidays (once again) with actor-comedian Mario Cantone, who weighs in on a stocking full of essential topics, including the fearlessness of Mae West, the tortured genius of Judy Garland, the most unappreciated Rankin-Bass special and the recent "Rudolph" and "Baby, it's Cold Outside" controversies. Also, Leslie Nielsen tackles Mr. Magoo, Shelley Winters scales a Christmas tree, Marlon Brando hops a ride with Michael Jackson and Frosty pals around with John McGiver. PLUS: The Walt Disney of Christmas! Munchkins gone wild! Deconstructing "Moonstruck"! Gilbert remembers his favorite holiday toy! And Mario picks the worst Christmas song of all time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 24, 2018
Mini #195: Composing for Documentaries (and Podcasts) with Adam Dorn
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This week: Loving Pat Cooper! Detesting Ferris Bueller! Celebrating Marvin Hamlisch (and Charlie Fox)! Mitch Miller fires up a doobie! And Adam evaluates Gilbert's "singing" voice! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2018
238. Micky Dolenz
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Singer, actor and pop culture icon Micky Dolenz returns to the podcast and holds court on a range of topics, including the early days of live television, the tense relationship between the Monkees and Don Kirshner, the lasting influence of "Head" and the secret origin of the infamous Hollywood Vampires. Also, Gilbert rides an elephant, Alice Cooper builds a catapult, Lon Chaney Jr. moves in next door and Howard Hughes scouts talent in the men's room. PLUS: Rondo "The Brute Man" Hatton! William "One Shot" Beaudine! Jerry Lewis takes a hard pass! Frank Zappa extends an invite! And Davy Jones shares the stage with...the Beatles? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 17, 2018
Mini #194: "Inside Jokes" with Neil Berkeley and Rosebud Baker
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This week: "Citizen Kane" trivia! Colin Jost pays his dues! Gilbert stays up all night! Howie Mandel passes on the tortilla chips! And Neil remembers the late, great Arlene Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2018
237. Diane Ladd
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Oscar-nominated actress Diane Ladd pays a visit to the studio to talk about her favorite movie directors, her days as a "Copa Girl," the importance of homegrown film production and the joys of collaborating with daughter Laura Dern and ex-husband Bruce Dern. Also, Barbara Stanwyck sends flowers, John Carradine opens doors, Robert Duvall turns on the charm and Diane drops by the set of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." PLUS: Making "Chinatown"! Celebrating Roger Corman! The genius of Tennessee Williams! Martin Scorsese encourages improvisation! And Diane indulges Gilbert's obsession with "Carnosaur"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 10, 2018
Mini #193: Bad Ape Movies
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This week: Ray "Crash" Corrigan! Gilbert breaks down "Old Dracula"! Raymond Burr turns into a gorilla! Jerry Lewis threatens to sue! And the strange proclivities of Lionel Atwill! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2018
236. Alan Alda
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Gilbert and Frank welcome a sought-after guest, writer-director-actor Alan Alda, who discusses (among other topics) growing up in Burlesque theaters, working with his father Robert Alda, coping with the pressures of sudden fame and learning to live life "in the moment." Also, Buster Keaton does a backflip, Mickey Rooney "hails a cab," Sarah Silverman forms an unlikely friendship and Alan remembers M*A*S*H colleagues Harry Morgan, Wayne Rogers and McLean Stevenson. PLUS: The Great Blackstone! "The Beast with Five Fingers"! Revisiting "Crimes and Misdemeanors"! Beetlepuss rescues Bela Lugosi! And Alan shares the stage with Red Buttons, Phil Silvers and Mae West!   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 03, 2018
Mini #192: Gilbert & Frank's Twitter (and Facebook) Mailbag
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This week: Veruca Salt tells all! In praise of Bud Abbott! Rod Steiger plays Archie Bunker! Skelton Knaggs pets a cockatoo! And Gilbert hangs with Vincent Price (and Sam Kinison!) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2018
235. Howie Mandel
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Comedian, actor and TV personality Howie Mandel returns to the podcast and weighs in on a host of fascinating (and timely) subjects, including free speech, political incorrectness, social media's impact on comedy and the connection between obsessive behavior and performing. Also, comic John Mendoza sits in, Edward G. Robinson gets paid, Gilbert invades the Carnegie Deli and Howie teams with screen legends Blake Edwards and Melvin Frank. PLUS: Norman Lloyd! "The Big Sick"! Johnny Carson hosts a game show! Screech heads to the hoosegow! And Howie tries to save the "Just for Laughs" festival! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 26, 2018
Mini #191: Collecting TV Treasures with James Comisar, Part 2
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This week: The Flying Fickle Finger of Fate! Superman works up a sweat! The true story behind Jeannie's bottle! Gilbert disses"Night Gallery"! And James rescues Carnac's turban! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2018
234. Leonard Maltin Returns
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back author, film critic and Hollywood historian Leonard Maltin, who shares his expertise on a number of topics, including the death of fanzines, the disappearance of movie theaters, the charm of "The Maltese Falcon" (both versions) and the appeal of New York-set films of the 1970s. Also, Zeppo breaks up the act, Laurel and Hardy bring down the house, Steve Allen plays Benny Goodman and Gilbert and Leonard remember their dear friend James Karen. PLUS: Keefe Brasselle! "The Buster Keaton Story"! In praise of "Ed Wood"! (and "Going in Style"!) Al Pacino remembers "Scarecrow"! And Leonard spends a day with Burgess Meredith! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 19, 2018
Mini #190: Collecting TV Treasures with James Comisar
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This week: Remembering Forrest Ackerman! Authenticating the Batmobile! Steven Spielberg buys Rosebud! Marty Krofft drives a hard bargain! And James tries to create a Museum of Television! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2018
233. Ken Levine
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Emmy-winning comedy writer-director-producer Ken Levine ("M*A*S*H," "Cheers," "Frasier," "The Simpsons") joins Gilbert and Frank for a captivating conversation about the golden age of Top 40 radio, the genius of Vin Scully (and Larry Gelbart), the legacy of Bob and Ray and the importance of preserving showbiz history. Also, Tony Randall plays wingman, Traci Lords teaches comedy, Cliff Clavin meets Johnny Carson and Ken fulfills his dream of becoming a professional baseball announcer. PLUS: "AfterMASH"! Wolfman Jack! Ken names a minor league team! Gilbert gets a one-cent residual check! And the worst pop songs ever recorded! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 12, 2018
Mini #189: Bad Werewolf Movies
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This week: Bela Lugosi's last stand! "Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory"! In praise of Larry Cohen! David Janssen plays a lycanthrope! And George Zucco visits Ed Wood! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2018
232. David Fantle and Tom Johnson
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Gilbert and Frank welcome authors-journalists David Fantle and Tom Johnson, who discuss their compelling book of celebrity interviews, "Hollywood Heyday," and recall their (often hilarious) adventures with Fred Astaire, George Burns, Bob Hope, Gene Kelly, Zeppo Marx, Mickey Rooney and Rod Steiger (to name a few). Also, Milton Berle works blue, Jerry Lewis skips town, Jack Carter disses Johnny Carson and Frank Capra sees the Mississippi River. PLUS: Jules White loads his gun! Uncle Fester eats an omelet! Don Rickles pranks Clark Gable! The return of Swain's Rats & Cats! And George Jessel meets the Happy Hooker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 05, 2018
Mini #188: Gilbert & Frank's Golden Throats
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This week: Telly Savalas tops the charts! Gomer Pyle destroys Stevie Wonder! Herve' Villechaize stars in "Scent of a Woman"! The discography of William Shatner! And the (arguably) worst sitcom of all time! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2018
231. Tom Holland
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate Halloween 2018 by welcoming Master of Horror Tom Holland ("Fright Night," "Child's Play," "Psycho II") for a lively conversation about everything from the influence of EC Comics to the sexlessness of vampires to the collapse of the Hollywood studio system. Also, Christopher Lee hams it up, Anthony Perkins plays "The Movie Game," Tom pays homage to Abbott and Costello and "Trilogy of Terror" inspires "Child's Play." PLUS: "The Beast Within"! The cinema of Tobe Hooper! Hitchcock vs. Paul Newman! In praise of Richard Donner! And Tom remembers his friend and collaborator Roddy McDowall! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 29, 2018
Mini #187: The Worst Dracula Movies Ever Made
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This week: Jose' Ferrer pays the rent! Cesar Romero dodges a bullet! Hedda Hopper meets the Count! Bela Lugosi meets Sammy Petrillo! And Brother Theodore teams with Yvonne De Carlo! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2018
230. Peter Bonerz
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Actor and director Peter Bonerz shares his views on the state of television comedy, the pros and cons of laugh tracks and the rights and wrongs of improvisational theater and looks back on his decades-long friendships with Bob Newhart and Suzanne Pleshette. Also, Redd Foxx changes his tune, Carroll O'Connor cashes a check, Woody Allen brings down the house and Peter directs Gilbert in an episode of "Wings." PLUS: Rod Serling! Captain Kangaroo! The wit and wisdom of Buck Henry! Murphy Brown meets Walter Cronkite! And Peter remembers the late, great Bill Daily! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 22, 2018
Mini #186: The Worst Frankenstein Movies Ever Made
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This week: William "One Shot" Beaudine! Boris Karloff pays the rent! Gilbert meets Samuel Z. Arkoff! James Lipton interviews Lon Chaney Jr! And the strange death of Al Adamson! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2018
229. Ron Friedman
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In one of their funniest episodes out of 200+, Gilbert and Frank chat with veteran comedy writer Ron Friedman ("Get Smart," "The Odd Couple," "All in the Family") who worked with 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 a rod, 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!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 15, 2018
Mini #185: Gilbert & Frank's Twitter Mailbag
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This week: Thanking Judd Apatow! Appreciating Rosanna Arquette! Gilbert teams with Arnold Stang! Baretta meets Captain Stubing! And Groucho performs "The Funniest Song in the World"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2018
228. Allan Arkush
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Emmy-winning director and producer Allan Arkush entertains Gilbert and Frank with tales of working at the late, great Fillmore East, crossing paths with Ol' Blue Eyes (and Groucho!) apprenticing for the legendary Roger Corman and directing the cult classic "Rock 'n' Roll High School."  Also, Jackie Mason fails to connect, Malcolm McDowell talks to his crotch, Bruce Willis locks horns with Cybill Shepherd and "A Hard Day's Night" changes Allan's life forever. PLUS: P.J. Soles! "The Girl Can't Help It"! In praise of Alexander & Karaszewski! Zacherle introduces the Grateful Dead! And Allan (reluctantly) remembers "Caddyshack 2"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 08, 2018
Mini #184: "How Not to Cook" with Marilyn Michaels
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Phil Silvers makes his move! Joan Crawford chews the scenery! Marilyn remembers her friend Will Jordan! And Maria von Trapp meets the Munchkins! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2018
227. Paul Feig
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Director, writer and actor Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "Ghostbusters," A Simple Favor") drops by the studio to share his thoughts on an eclectic mix of topics, including the appeal of "cringe" comedy, the influence of Mad magazine, the legacy of Charles M. Schulz and the untimely demise of "Freaks and Geeks." Also, Thurston Howell sings the blues, Jim Nabors sings "Ave Maria," George Lazenby tangles with Telly Savalas, and Gilbert introduces Paul to the "Jack Frost" sketch. PLUS: Serge Gainsbourg! In praise of Jill Clayburgh! The return of Crazy Guggenheim! "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions"! And the (arguably) funniest half-hour in sitcom history! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 01, 2018
Mini #183: TV Themes with Secret Lyrics, Part Two
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This week: Bill Daily does Bob Hope! James Arness blows off Kelsey Grammer! Jackie Gayle riffs on "Bonanza"! And Gilbert and Frank bid farewell to the great Will Jordan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2018
226. Rosanna Arquette
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by actress and director Rosanna Arquette for an entertaining discussion about the vindictiveness of critics, the pros and cons of autograph shows, the vanishing haunts and hot spots of New York City and Rosanna's personal encounters with everyone from Bette Davis to Paul McCartney to Martin Luther King. Also, Bob Dylan goes electric, Martin Scorsese stifles a laugh, Johnny Carson rocks a tennis outfit and Rosanna shares the screen with the late, great David Bowie. PLUS: Charley Weaver! "The Dark Secret of Harvest Home"! The brilliance of Burt Bacharach! The edginess of "After Hours"! And Gilbert praises the work of his sister, Arlene Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 24, 2018
Mini #182: Gino Salomone's Answering Machine Messages from the Stars!
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This week: "Death to Smoochy"! The return of Timmie Rogers! Florence Henderson sends up Bogie! Gilbert ticks off Alan King! And Gino turns down a request from the Caped Crusader! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2018
225. Alan Zweibel
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Emmy-winning comedy writer and Thurber Prize-winning author Alan Zweibel returns to discuss (among other topics) the evolution of "SaturdayNight Live," the genius of Larry Gelbart and Neil Simon and the 2018 documentaries about his longtime friends and collaborators, Gilda Radnerand Garry Shandling. Also, Jay Leno offers sage advice, Buck Henry makes a bad investment, Gilbert makes like Willy Loman and LorneMichaels locks horns with Uncle Miltie. PLUS: Praising Kate McKinnon! Remembering Bruno Kirby (and Herb Sargent)! Mel Brooks comes to dinner! Desi Arnaz invents the sitcom! And Alan writes the Paul "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Simon Special! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 17, 2018
Mini #181: GGACP's Best Musical Moments (By Request!)
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This week: A "greatest hits" compilation of Gilbert's best (and worst) musical duets, featuring GGACP guests Ron Dante, Tommy James, Tony Orlando, Paul Shaffer, Dick Van Dyke, Jimmy Webb...and John Byner! (earplugs strongly suggested) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2018
224. Ron Delsener
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Legendary concert promoter Ron Delsener regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about growing up in the era of Automats and bowling pin boys, his early days as a promoter of live events, inventing the free concert in Central Park and working with Woody Allen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Lenny Bruce and The Beatles. Also, Arthur Godfrey lusts after Haleloke, Bruce Springsteen "opens" for Anne Murray, Ol' Blue Eyes boots Jimmy Roselli out of Vegas and Ron presents Groucho at Carnegie Hall. PLUS: Murray the K! The genius of David Bowie! The return of Swain's Rats & Cats! "Jimi Hendrix' Eclectic Thanksgiving"! And Ron sees Dean & Jerry's final show at the Copa!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 10, 2018
Mini #180: Gilbert and Frank's Twitter Mailbag
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This week: Danny Thomas meets Columbo! Gilbert pranks Dick Cavett! Remembering Neil Simon! R.I.P., Charlotte Rae! And Jeff Ross roasts the Queen of Soul! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2018
223. Jonathan Lynn
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Gilbert and Frank welcome actor-writer-director Jonathan Lynn, who weighs in on a number of topics, including his collaborations with Jerome Robbins and Tennessee Williams, sharing the stage with future Pythons John Cleese and Graham Chapman and the challenges of directing the cult/classic 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: Fred Gwynne! In praise of Austin Pendleton! Chaplin comes to tea! Peter O'Toole goes Hollywood! And the truth behind the Orson Welles frozen peas ad! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 03, 2018
Mini #179: TV Themes with Secret Lyrics, Part One
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This week: Richard Dawson sings! Sherwood Schwartz cashes in! Paul Anka inspires Al Pacino! Saluting Henry Mancini! And Mr. Bernstein goes to Mayberry! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2018
222. Peter Riegert
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One of Gilbert and Frank's favorite actors, Peter Riegert ("Animal House," "Local Hero") stops by the studio for an in-depth discussion about the fleeting nature of fame, the contrivances of romantic comedies, the randomness of on-screen chemistry and the profound influence of Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers. Also, James Garner lays down the law, Burt Lancaster marches on Washington, MauriceMicklewhite becomes Michael Caine and Peter remembers the late, great James Gandolfini. PLUS: The Firesign Theater! "The Million Dollar Movie"! "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein"! Gilbert bonds with Chico's daughter! And Peter "kisses" Humphrey Bogart and Jimmy Stewart!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 27, 2018
Mini #178: "Columbo" Guest Killers
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This week: Bing Crosby declines! Gilbert mimics Donald Pleasence! Steven Spielberg impresses Peter Falk! Remembering Jack Cassidy! And the Man in Black bumps off Ida Lupino! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2018
221. Richard Belzer
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Gilbert and Frank welcome a return visit from an old friend -- comic, actor and author Richard Belzer (joined by former GGACP guests Tom Leopold and Paul Shaffer), for a hilarious round-table discussion of essential topics, including: the glory days of Catch a Rising Star, the Jackie Mason-Ed Sullivan feud, the infamous Chevy Chase roast and the war between Gallagher and "Gallagher Too." Also, Señor Wences sells the act, Alan King lusts after Topo Gigio, Liza plays the Rhineland and Mick Jagger pays "The Belz" a rare compliment. PLUS: "Al Capone, the Musical"! The return of Dick & Stinky! The ballad of Perfecto Telles! Gilbert "louses" Harry Shearer! And Richard remembers his friend (and hero) Jerry Lewis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 20, 2018
Mini #177: Gilbert's Christmas in July
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This week: Gilbert opens gifts from fans! Thanking Kirk Hammett! Loving Sid & Marty Krofft! Chico hangs with Laurel and Hardy! And the GGACP team bids farewell to Nutmeg! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2018
220. Bruce Vilanch
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Gilbert and Frank welcome an old friend, legendary comedy writer Bruce Vilanch, who 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 co-written by Brucehimself). Also, Margaret Hamilton makes her move, Robert Reed channels Carmen Miranda, Jack Benny does "The Match Bit" and Gilbert takes over "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 the air! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 13, 2018
Mini #176: Six Degrees of Gilbert Gottfried
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Sidney Poitier! "The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle"! Kevin Bacon steals Steve Martin's cab! Johnny Carson turns down Martin Scorsese! And Lon Chaney Jr. meets the Monkees! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2018
219. Don Murray
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Gilbert and Frank track down Oscar-nominated actor Don Murray, who talks about the thrill of live television, the pros and cons of method acting, his lack of interest in "movie stardom" and the challenges of making his screen debut opposite the legendary Marilyn Monroe. Also, Don teases Otto Preminger, Keir Dullea lights up the screen, James Cagney dances between takes and Charles Laughton helms a filmnoir masterpiece. PLUS: Frankie Five Angels! "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes"! Don remembers Rod Steiger (and Rod Serling)! Jack Warden watches a stag reel! And the mysterious death of Albert Dekker! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 06, 2018
Mini #175: Gilbert Sings!
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This week: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass! The imagination of Paul Henning! Chasing Christopher Plummer! Praising "The Seven Per-Cent Solution"! And Gilbert Gottfried: Feminist Icon!" Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2018
218. Andrea Martin
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Tony and Emmy-winning actress Andrea Martin drops by the studio to talk about the long-lost era of variety television, the strange world of Internet celebrity, the Martin Scorsese-directed "SCTV" reunion and the origin of classic characters Edith Prickley and Perini Scleroso. Also, Merv Griffin signs off, Bob Dylan overstays his welcome, Lee Grant crushes on Gilbert and Andrea remembers her friends John Candy and Harold Ramis. PLUS: Señor Wences! "Cannibal Girls"! Dueling Floyd the Barbers! The return of Rick Moranis! And Andrea tells the only joke she knows! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 30, 2018
Mini #174: Beach Blanket Movies!
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This week: Remembering Harvey Lembeck! Buster Keaton goes slumming! The expertise of Eddie Deezen! "The Ghost in the Invisible Bikini"! And Annette Funicello reveals her navel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2018
217. Carl Gottlieb
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate Shark Week with the screenwriter of "Jaws," "Jaws 2" and "Jaws 3-D," Carl Gottlieb, who discusses the birth of the Hollywood blockbuster, the ingenuity of Steven Spielberg, the effectiveness of "unseen horror" and the challenge of bringing the original "Jaws" to the screen. Also, John Belushi spoofs Richard Dreyfuss, Groucho guest hosts "Music Scene," Ringo battles the Abominable Snowman and Carl and Steve Martin team up for "The Jerk." PLUS: "The Absent-Minded Waiter"! "Son of the Invisible Man"! The Smothers Brothers vs. CBS! Sterling Hayden vs. the I.R.S.! And "The Jaws Log: The Musical"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 23, 2018
Mini #173: Gilbert & Frank Read Facebook and Twitter Questions, Part 2
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This week: "Eyes Wide Shut"! "Petticoat Junction"! Randy Quaid holds a press conference! The Undersea World of Jean Cocteau! And Gilbert meets the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2018
216. Doug Benson
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by comedian, podcaster and movie obsessive Doug Benson ("Doug Loves Movies") for an enjoyable conversation about bad sequels, booking dream guests, breaking into the business and the perils of meeting Hollywood heroes. Also, Harry Dean Stanton shuts it down, Doug messes with Harrison Ford, Peter Falk reunites with Alan Arkin and Gilbert (once again) rags on Ferris Bueller. PLUS: Foster Brooks! "Captain EO"! The Three Stooges in 3-D! "The Curse of the Pink Panther!" Praising Alexander Payne! And Doug reveals the truth behind the Mr. Belvedere mishap! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 16, 2018
Mini #172: Gilbert & Frank Read Facebook and Twitter Questions
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This week: Naked vampires! Fake Stymie! Rod Steiger plays W.C. Fields! Frank goes to a drive-in movie! And Gilbert explains how a joke works! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2018
215. Sid and Marty Krofft
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Legendary producers, puppeteers and showmen Sid and Marty Krofft join Gilbert and Frank for a fun-filled (and fact-filled) conversation about their unusual creative process, the origins of "H.R. Pufnstuf" and "Land of the Lost" and the failure of their indoor theme park, "The World of Sid and Marty Krofft." Also, Dean Martin drops the ax, Bette Davis drops an f-bomb, Walt Disney doles out advice and Liberace "dates" Sonja Henie. PLUS: Live, nude puppets! Sid Caesar to the rescue! The late, great Martha Raye! "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour"! And the Kroffts sue McDonald's -- and win! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 09, 2018
Mini #171: Bill Macy Returns
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This week: "Movers & Shakers"! Bill vs. Morty Seinfeld! Lee Strasberg gets steamed! And the mob "handles" Walter Matthau! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2018
214. Tim Matheson
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Animal House" with actor Tim Matheson, who recalls his original audition for the role of Eric "Otter" Stratton, his onscreen chemistry with co-star Peter Riegert and his working relationship (and friendship) with the late, great John Belushi. Also, Tim takes a lesson from Henry Fonda, takes a call from Steven Spielberg, shares a bed with Mel Brooks and shares the screen with TimConway and Don Knotts. PLUS: "Johnny Quest"! Sam Kinison! In praise of Jack Warden! Dean Wormer meets Iron Man! And Tim tries (in vain) to save the National Lampoon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 02, 2018
Mini #170: Gilbert & Frank Read Listener Tweets
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This week: Meeting Richard Kind! Paging Robert Morse! Remembering Adam West! Richard Donner directs Mr. Warmth! And the mysterious world of Dan Curtis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2018
213. Michael Giacchino
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by Oscar, Emmy and Grammy-winning film composer Michael Giacchino for a fascinating conversation about the birth of film scores, the golden age of "contract musicians," and the influences of Dave Grusin, Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin and Max Steiner. Also, Don Knotts gets tough, Martin Scorsese picks pop songs, Jerry Goldsmith conducts in an ape mask and Michael teams with the legendary John Williams! PLUS: Randy Newman! The great Gonzo! The genius of Hoyt Curtin! Paul McCartney grooves to Dr. Strange! And Michael pays tribute to Japanese monster movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 25, 2018
Mini #169: Gilbert Sings!
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This week: The Paul Raybone Band! Paging Gordon Lightfoot! Ed Sullivan blows the joke! And Bernie Taupin teams with Peter Lorre! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2018
212. Peter Fonda
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Actor, director, producer and counterculture hero Peter Fonda stops by the studio for a fascinating conversation about the making of "Easy Rider," his difficult relationship with his legendary dad and his encounters with Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau and Ernest Hemingway (among others). Also, Dennis Hopper holds a grudge, Elvis straps on a helmet, Jack Nicholson replaces Rip Torn and Victor Mature gives a bravura performance. PLUS: The genius of Terry Southern! In praise of Christopher Plummer! The Monkees foot the bill! The Beatles find inspiration! And Peter names his favorite Henry Fonda movie! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 18, 2018
Mini #168: TV Debuts of 1968: Part Two
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This week: Remembering Nick Meglin! "It Takes a Thief"! The ballad of Barney Fife! Tom Jones does Jessel! And the fantastic world of Irwin Allen! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2018
211. Arnie and Jay Kogen
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In celebration of Father's Day, Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy-winning comedy writers Arnie and Jay Kogen ("The Carol Burnett Show," "Newhart," "The Simpsons," "Frasier") for a hilarious conversation about failed pilots, cheesy variety shows, the outrageousness of Pat McCormick and the "unwritten rules" of writing for television. Also, Soupy Sales takes flight, Jackie Mason takes offense, Garry Shandling gripes about the sunset and the Kogens party with the Jackson 5. PLUS: "Monkey World"! The genius of James L. Brooks! "The World's Oldest Fireman"! Jay reinterprets "The Aristocrats"! And Gilbert and Arnie remember "Thicke of the Night"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 11, 2018
Mini #167: TV Debuts of 1968
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This week: "Journey to the Unknown"! The strange history of Jack Chick! Lou Costello in "Citizen Kane"! Remembering Gene Tierney! And Allen & Rossi sing again! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2018
210. Willie Tyler & Lester
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Gilbert and Frank welcome a favorite performer (sorry...performers!), legendary ventriloquist Willie Tyler and his longtime partner, Lester, for an entertaining conversation about the history of the "Chitlin Circuit," ventriloquism-themed horror movies, the mob's influence in Vegas and and the golden age of "the Motown Sound." Also: Steve Rossi teams with Slappy White, George Kirby channels Pearl Bailey, Edgar Bergen offers sage advice and Willie opens for Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder. PLUS: Jules Podell! Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop! Don Rickles takes a front seat! Lester meets George Jefferson! And the many talents of Paul Winchell!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 04, 2018
Mini #166: Gilbert & Frank Read Listener Tweets
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This week: "Celebrity Bowling"! "The Glass Bottom Boat"! Thanking Patton Oswalt! Gilbert appears on the Jumbotron! And Bob Hope teams with Emmanuel Lewis! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 31, 2018
209. Kirk Hammett
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Metallica guitarist and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Kirk Hammett visits the studio to discuss 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, Karloff goes digital, Kirk meets Robert Crumb, Forrest Ackerman drives a hard bargain and Gilbert pens a fan letter to Lon Chaney Jr! PLUS: "White Zombie"! "It Conquered the World"! Maria Ouspenskaya returns! The art of Basil Gogos! And Horrible Herman, the Asiatic Insect! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 28, 2018
Mini #165: Producer of the Month: The Cinema of Marlon Brando and Richard Pryor
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This week: The Nairobi Trio! "Last Tango in Paris"! "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings"! Gilbert impersonates Colonel Kurtz! And Jack Klugman makes a shocking discovery! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 24, 2018
208. Keith Carradine
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Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their favorite performers, Academy Award winner Keith Carradine, for a fond look back at his frequent collaborations with mentor Robert Altman, his friendships with co-stars Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Robert Mitchum, and the life and career of his dad, horror legend John Carradine. Also, Harvey Keitel loosens up, Jerry Lewis shoots hoops, Rod Steiger pays a surprise visit and Jessica Tandy lights up the stage. PLUS: "Love American Style"! Sam Fuller eats a stogie! Kwai Chang Caine hosts SNL! Deconstructing "The Aristocrats"! And Keith wins an Oscar for Best Original Song! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 21, 2018
Mini #164: Remembering Chuck McCann
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This week: "Cool McCool"! Rootie Kazootie! Stan Laurel comes to America! "The Heart is a Lonely Hunter"! And Chuck founds The Sons of the Desert! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 17, 2018
207. Richard Donner
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Gilbert and Frank are thrilled to welcome producer-director Richard Donner ("Superman," "The Omen," "Lethal Weapon"), who discusses the importance of teamwork, the eccentricities of Marlon Brando, the joys of collaborating with 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 recalls working with Hollywood's greatest character actors. PLUS: 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 megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 14, 2018
Mini #163: Celebrating "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone" with Gary Gerani
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This week: Civil War trading cards! Charlton Heston holds out! Praising "The Horror of Dracula"! Rod Serling inspires "The X-Files"! And Bill Bixby feuds with Lou Ferrigno! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 10, 2018
206. M. Emmet Walsh
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Legendary character actor M. Emmet Walsh ("Blade Runner," "Fletch," "The Jerk") joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating conversation about acing auditions, stealing scenes, disappearing into roles, 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
May 07, 2018
Mini #162: Trading Card Confidential with Gary Gerani
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This week: Mars Attacks! Monsters to Laugh With! Saluting Norm Saunders! The birth of action figures! And the golden age of Wacky Packages! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 03, 2018
205. Patton Oswalt
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Comedian, actor, writer and GGACP fan Patton Oswalt drops by the studio (finally!) to discuss the films of Sidney Lumet and Billy Wilder, the "unnatural" art of sitcom acting, the disappearance of grindhouse theaters and the influence of "Richard Pryor: Live in Concert." Also, Larry Cohen deconstructs Superman, Gilbert imagines "Titanic, Part II," the Karate Kid opens a car dealership and Patton stages "The Day the Clown Cried." PLUS: Praising "Ratatouille"! Remembering John Cazale! The artistry of Rick Baker! "Francis Ford Coppola's Dr. Strange"! And the shocking climax in the case of the Golden State Killer! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 30, 2018
Mini #161: Remembering Mister Kelly’s with David Marienthal and Adam Carston
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This week: Tim & Tom! Woody Allen salutes Miles Davis! Shecky Greene throws a haymaker! Redd Foxx teams with Slappy White! And the golden age of comedy albums! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 26, 2018
204. Billy West Returns
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In one of the funniest GGACP shows to date, comedian, musician and voice actor Billy West returns to weigh in on a number of topics, including the legend of "Grandpa" Al Lewis, the genius of June Foray, the uselessness of "Curly Joe" DeRita 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: El Brendel! The Mad Russian! The strange death of Ted Healy! The return of the Jackie Puppet! And Gilbert and Frank recall the long-lost Irwin Corey episode! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 23, 2018
Mini #160: Remembering Mister Kelly's with David Marienthal and Adam Carston
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This week: Bob Newhart vs. the mob! Lenny Bruce takes on the church! The radicalization of Richard Pryor! Gilbert channels Jackie Vernon! And Shelley Berman shares the bill with Maya Angelou! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 19, 2018
203. Tony Sandler
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Gilbert and Frank track down one of their favorite performers, singer and recording artist Tony Sandler, who looks back on his turbulent childhood in Nazi-occupied Europe, his wild times in mob-run Las Vegas, his glory days as one half of "Sandler & Young" and his friendships with Sid Caesar, Sammy Davis Jr., Vincent Price and Phil Silvers (among others). Also, Louis Prima plays the Sands, Lauren Bacall makes her move, Elvis chases chorus girls and Sonny & Cher "entertain" the royal family. PLUS: Les Brown and His Band of Renown! Uncle Miltie lays down the law! Robert Goulet misses the boat! Dino does the boys a solid! And the poetry of Buddy Hackett!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 16, 2018
Mini #159: Celebrating 200 Episodes with the GGACP Listener Society (Part 2)
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This week: "Blame It on Rio"! Alan Arkin's "Fire Sale"! Praise for Gilbert's Peter Lorre! Paul Lynde lusts after Carol Wayne! And Red Buttons parts the Red Sea! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 12, 2018
202. Ed Begley Jr.
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Veteran character actor Ed Begley Jr. joins Gilbert and Frank for a loving look at the glory days of the Troubadour, the timelessness of "The In-Laws," the absurdity of Hollywood urban legends and the career of his Oscar-winning dad, Ed Begley. Also, Forrest Tucker takes a nip, Steve Allen checks into "St. Elsewhere," Harry Belafonte shuts down Rodney Dangerfield and Ed hits the rink with Charlie's Angels. PLUS: Wheeler & Woolsey! "Amazon Women on the Moon"! Mr. Warmth lowers the boom! Ed remembers his friend Peter Falk! And the unsolved death of John "Stumpy" Pepys!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2018
Mini #158: Celebrating 200 Episodes with the GGACP Listener Society (Part 1)
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This week: Discovering Harpo's wig! Sonny Fox turns on the waterworks! Gilbert "rescues" Chevy Chase! The riskiest movie ever made! And the Shecky Greene flaming monkey story! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 05, 2018
201. Marion Ross
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Gilbert and Frank welcome "Mrs. C" herself, Emmy-nominated actress Marion Ross, who recalls her early days as a studio contract player, her struggles to find her footing in Hollywood, her curious methods of getting into character and her working relationships with Claudette Colbert, Noel Coward, Kirk Douglas and Charlton Heston. Also, Marion crushes on Clark Gable, confides in Cary Grant, sets sail with Tony Curtis and pays a call on Bogie and Bacall. PLUS: Marlene Dietrich eats lunch! Jose Ferrer makes his move! Ginger Rogers robs the cradle! And Marion remembers colleagues Tom Bosley, Pat Morita and Garry Marshall!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2018
Mini #157: Gilbert Sings!
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This week: Mantan Moreland! The 1910 Fruitgum Company! John Ritter has a wardrobe malfunction! And Gilbert hangs with Cuba Gooding Jr.! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 29, 2018
200. Drew Friedman, Rupert Holmes, Richard Kind
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Gilbert and Frank celebrate their 200th (!) episode by welcoming frequent guests (and friends) Drew Friedman, Rupert Holmes and Richard Kind for a loose, laugh-filled (and frequently lewd) discussion of essential topics, including: 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! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: GILBERT) and Harold Ramis Film School. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2018
Mini #156: A (Short) History of National Lampoon with "Mr. Mike" author Dennis Perrin
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This week: The life and death of Doug Kenney! "Planet of the Cheap Special Effects"! Randy Quaid subs for Sam Kinison! And Gilbert stars in Foto Funnies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 22, 2018
199. Eddie Deezen
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Actor Eddie Deezen ("Grease," "1941," "The Polar Express") joins Gilbert and Frank for a look back at his memorable roles in iconic '70s and '80s movies, his early days as a stand-up comic and his unforgettable encounters with Andy Griffith, John Belushi, Jerry Lewis and Mickey Rooney. Also, Eddie loses his lunch, Jack Nicholson loses his cool, Morgan Fairchild turns on the charm and Count Dracula shares the screen with "Weezie" Jefferson. PLUS: Remembering Marvin Kaplan! The return of Fake Shemp! The cinema of Fred Olen Ray! Steven Spielberg presents the Beatles! And Gilbert sings the theme from "Zapped!" This episode is brought to you by Leesa (www.leesa.com/GILBERT), Just For Men (www.jfmgrowhair.com code: Regrowth25, and Babbel (www.babbel.com/GILBERT code: GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2018
Mini #155: Entertainment reporter Gino Salomone
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This week: Grandpa Munster lays down the law! The Munchkins go to Pittsburgh! Florence Henderson plays Gino's mom! And Sandra Bullock declares her love for Gilbert! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 15, 2018
198. George Shapiro
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Legendary talent manager and Emmy-winning producer George Shapiro joins Gilbert and Frank to reminisce about the glory days of the Borscht Belt and the golden age of variety television and to discuss 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
Mar 12, 2018
Mini #154: "Modern Day Philosophers" with Danny Lobell
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This week: Gilbert does Kierkegaard! Remembering Joe Franklin! Jackie Mason tangles with Rodney Dangerfield! And Pat Cooper weighs in on Marcus Aurelius! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 08, 2018
197. Dave Thomas
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Gilbert and Frank check in with one of their favorite performers, actor-writer-director DAVE THOMAS, who talks about his years with Second City (and SCTV), his transition to dramatic series writing, his admiration for Bob Hope and his working relationships with Dan Aykroyd, Eugene Levy, Tom Poston and Martin Short. Also, Richard Harris gets rough, Buck Henry storms out, Gilbert dances with John Travolta and Mel Blanc plays Dave's dad. PLUS: "The New Show"! The origin of Bob and Doug McKenzie! Yasser Arafat hits the links! Dave praises Al Jaffee! And the comedy stylings of Max von Sydow! This episode is brought to you by Babbel (www.babbel.com/GILBERT code: GILBERT), Just For Men (www.jfmgrowhair.com code: Regrowth25), and Leesa (www.leesa.com/GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 05, 2018
Mini #153: Oscar Injustices
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This week: Sidney Falco gets snubbed! The return of Sacheen Littlefeather! "The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu"! Oscar winners that stood the test of time! And Gilbert addresses the (alleged) Brando-Pryor affair! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 01, 2018
196. Michael H. Weber
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Oscar-nominated screenwriter ("The Disaster Artist," "500 Days of Summer") and GGACPsuperfan MICHAEL H. WEBER joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the studio development process, the eccentricities of Marlon Brando (and Tommy Wiseau), the cinema of Richard Curtis and the importance of truth in storytelling. Also, Jane Fonda takes a seat, Bill Murray thanks Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman pursues Hannibal Lecter and the boys list their favorite romantic comedies (and romantic comedy cliches). PLUS: Evel Knievel! "The Knack...and How to Get It"! Gilbert hangs with Paul Rudd! Praising "Jerry Maguire"! And Michael swaps punchlines with Steve Martin! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 26, 2018
Mini #152: Gilbert & Frank Read Listener Tweets
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This week: Stanley Myron Handelman! The indestructible Bill Macy! "Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe?" James Mason hawks Thunderbird! And the return of the Alan Ladd story! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 22, 2018
195. Craig Bierko
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Tony-nominated actor and singer (and friend of GGACP) Craig Bierko returns to weigh in on a wide range of topics, including: the lost era of "Clubhouse TV," the importance of a showbiz "hook," the generosity of Alan Alda and Carol Burnett and the similarities between Yiddish theatre and "Guys & Dolls." Also, Jack Paar gets intimate, Steve Martin plays to the cheap seats, Richard Dreyfuss "inhabits" Spencer Tracy and Ted Danson borrows from Dick Van Dyke. PLUS: Peter Tork! In praise of Richard Kind! Craig wows Stephen Sondheim! Gilbert teams with Larry David! And Nathan Lane pays tribute to...EVERYONE! This episode is brought to you by Leesa (www.leesa.com/GILBERT) and SeatGeek (download SeatGeek app and enter promo code: GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 19, 2018
Mini #151: Movies about Movies with screenwriter Michael H. Weber
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This week: "The Bad and the Beautiful"! Lorenzo Semple Jr.! In praise of "Silent Movie"! Gilbert changes the subject (repeatedly)! And "Ed Wood" inspires "The Disaster Artist"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 15, 2018
194. Gino Conforti
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Gilbert and Frank reach out to one of their favorite performers, actor Gino Conforti ("Three's Company," "Man of La Mancha") who discusses the life of a "journeyman" actor and looks back on his working relationships with Lucille Ball, Sammy Davis Jr., Zero Mostel, Debbie Reynolds and Orson Welles. Also, Sophia Loren takes a spill, Jerome Robbins takes a powder, Jonathan Winters comes to dinner and Gilbert and Gino remember the late, great John Ritter. PLUS: "Bungle Abbey"! Uncle Carl Laemmle! In praise of Tom Hanks! Gino "befriends" Sally Field! And the Golden Helmet of Mambrino! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: GILBERT) and Just For Men (www.hairregrowth.com code: Regrowth25). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 12, 2018
Mini #150: Oscar-nominated Screenwriter Michael H. Weber
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This week: Writing "The Disaster Artist"! "Mom and Dad Save the World"! The generosity of Harvey Keitel! Gilbert lands on the cutting room floor! And Michael curates the Robert De Niro archive! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 08, 2018
193. Barbara Barrie
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Oscar and Emmy-nominated actress Barbara Barrie ("Barney Miller," "Breaking Away") sits down with Gilbert and Frank for a look back at her early days in live television and shares her recollections of working with everyone from Tony Randall and Jack Klugman to James Dean and Elizabeth Taylor. Also, Jack Weston gets fresh, Madeline Kahn toughs it out, Richard Mulligan saves the day and Barbara and Art Carney bomb in Chicago. PLUS: "Shock Corridor"! The original Alice Kramden! The comic genius of Danny Arnold! Robert Duvall enters "The Twilight Zone"! And Gilbert (once again) roasts the late, great Abe Vigoda! This episode is brought to you by Leesa (www.leesa.com/GILBERT) and SeatGeek (Download SeatGeek app and enter promo code: GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 05, 2018
Mini #149: Cheesy Action Movie Lines
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This week: "Rowdy" Roddy Piper! "The Last Action Hero"! The "cinema" of Rainier Wolfcastle! And Gilbert and Frank salute the late, great Roger Moore! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2018
192. Phil Rosenthal
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Emmy-winning writer-producer-actor Phil Rosenthal chats with Gilbert and Frank about a number of compelling topics, including the "sex appeal" of comedians, the vulgarity of network sitcoms, the ingeniousness of "Tootsie" (and "The Swimmer") and the realism and relatability of "The Honeymooners." Also, Lucy loses a ring, George Burns nabs an Oscar, Robert Mitchum dons an apron and Phil remembers his dear friend Peter Boyle. PLUS: The artistry of Alan Arkin! The wonder of Walter Matthau! Jerry Lewis plays the big room! Phil hangs with Peter O'Toole! And the most politically incorrect movie ever made! This episode is brought to you by Squarespace (www.squarespace.com code: GILBERT) and Audible (www.audible.com/GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 29, 2018
Mini #148: Actors Who Directed ONCE
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This week: In praise of Richard Widmark! In search of Tuesday Weld! Boris Badenov directs! And Gary Cooper turns down "Night of the Hunter"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2018
191. Mark Evanier
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Writer, producer and showbiz historian Mark Evanier joins Gilbert and Frank for a loose and lively conversation about the lasciviousness of Herve Villechaize, the eccentricities of Paul Winchell, the multiple talents of Howard Morris (and Allan Melvin!) and the artistry of "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World." Also, Red Skelton works blue, Vincent Price disses Danny Kaye, Billy Barty meets the Bay City Rollers and Groucho visits the set of "Welcome Back, Kotter." PLUS: Sergio Aragones! "Who's Minding the Mint?"! Jack Benny goes to the movies! Gilbert breaks bread with Rob Petrie! And Frank sings the "Banana Splits" theme with Joe Barbera! This episode is brought to you by SeatGeek and Leesa (www.leesa.com/GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 22, 2018
Mini #147: In Memoriam 2017: Music
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This week: The White Knight of Soul! "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour"! The Wrecking Crew meets The Partridge Family! Gilbert sings "Centerfold"! And Frank's mom dances with Louis Prima! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2018
190. In Memoriam 2017
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Gilbert and Frank take a loving look back at some of the unforgettable talents who left us in 2017, including Jim Nabors, Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Gregory, George Romero and Martin Landau. Also in this episode: Harry Dean Stanton breaks out, Gilbert hangs with Tobe Hooper, John Hurt presides over The Last Supper and Rose Marie inspires a generation of funny women. PLUS: Hymie the Robot! The First Lady of Voice Acting! The artistry of Jonathan Demme! The brilliance of Chuck Barris! And the boys remember their VERY FIRST podcast guest! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 15, 2018
Mini #146: Bad Movie Musicals, Part 2
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This week: "Moose Murders" flops! "Popeye" sinks! Bacharach and David call it quits! Remembering Richard Mulligan! And the musical stylings of Charles Durning!? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2018
189. Felix Cavaliere
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Rock n' Roll Hall of Famer Felix Cavaliere joins Gilbert and Frank for a look back at the creative and cultural revolutions of the 1960s as well as his six-decade career as a singer, songwriter and founding member of the platinum-selling pop group, The Rascals. Also, Wilson Pickett blows his stack, Tom Jones covers Sophie Tucker, Sammy Davis does the boys a solid and Felix shares his recollections of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and the four lads from Liverpool. PLUS: Myron Cohen! Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer! Laura Nyro stands her ground! Gilbert sings "The Mouse"! The genius of Arif Mardin! And Felix boards a rowboat with Der Bingle! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 08, 2018
Mini #145: Gilbert Sings!
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Gilbert does Karloff (and Anthony Newley)! Remembering Thelma Ritter! Darlene Love backs up Lon Chaney Jr! And Paul Lynde covers The 5th Dimension! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2018
188. Larry Cohen
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Gilbert and Frank welcome (finally!) oft-discussed maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen ("It's Alive," "The Stuff," "Hell Up in Harlem"), who talks about his early days as a standup comic, his friendship with Alfred Hitchcock, the risks and rewards of "guerrilla moviemaking" and the new documentary about his life and career, "King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen." Also, Chuck Connors blows the whistle, Robert De Niro dons a yarmulke, Bette Davis stages a "comeback" and John Belushi babysits Broderick Crawford. PLUS: "Q, the Winged Serpent"! Revisiting "Coronet Blue"! John Wayne tosses out the script! The Coen Brothers pay "tribute" to "Branded"! And Larry remembers the legendary Samuel Z. Arkoff! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 01, 2018
Mini #144: Gilbert & Frank Read Listener Tweets, Part 2
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Maurice Chevalier! Sandler and Young! Saluting Rutger Hauer! Dining with Dick Van Dyke! And Jimmy Fallon nails a Gilbert impression! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2017
187. Mario Cantone
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Fan favorite and GGACP holiday fixture Mario Cantone drops by the studio to chime in on everything from the infamous Bette Davis-Joan Crawford feud to the not-so-special effects of "Mighty Joe Young" to the strange predilections of Frosty the Snowman. Also, Dracula plays heavy metal, Carol Kane plays Gilbert's wife, Mario learns the Perfecto Telles story (!) and the co-hosts rank the best (and worst) adaptations of "A Christmas Carol." PLUS: Dueling Dylans! "The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas"! The genius of Alan Menken! In praise of Leonard Maltin! And the (triumphant) return of Carol Channing and Herve' Villechaize! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 25, 2017
Mini #143: Obscure Christmas Movies
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This week: Grizzly Adams to the rescue! Gilbert dons a Santa suit! Frank Capra cries plagiarism! Rod Serling meets Charles Dickens! And the squirrel that saved Christmas! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2017
186. Art Metrano
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Another of Gilbert and Frank's favorite funnymen, actor and comedian Art Metrano looks back on his 50+ year career in film and television, his friendships with performers like Cornel Wilde, Elliott Gould and Robert Mitchum and his miraculous (and inspirational) recovery from a life-threatening injury. Also, Johnny Carson cracks up, Huntz Hall measures up, Buddy Hackett lays even money and Art parties with Lenny Bruce (and Clint Eastwood). PLUS: Jim Brown! "Night of the Hunter"! Raymond Burr goes it alone! The suavity of Dean Martin! The strangeness of Merv Griffin! And Art remembers the late, great Marvin Kaplan! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 18, 2017
Mini #142: Gilbert & Frank Read Listener Tweets
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This week: Peter Lorre groupies! The last surviving Munchkin! In praise of Rupert Holmes (and Joyce Van Patten)! Vincent Price gets lucky! And Gilbert defends Lon Chaney Jr! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2017
185. Billy Saluga
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Gilbert and Frank track down one of their favorite performers, comedian and variety show mainstay Bill (Raymond J. Johnson Jr.) Saluga, who recalls his years in the sketch group The Ace Trucking Company and reminisces about working with everyone from Redd Foxx to Billy Barty to John Lennon. Also, Bill rooms with John Byner, David Frye hits on the ladies, Dick Shawn roasts Uncle Miltie and Bob Dylan pays tribute to Ray J. Johnson. PLUS: Gypsy Boots! "The Steve Allen Comedy Hour"! Bill improvises with Bobby Darin! RFK sings "Wild Thing"! And Pat McCormick meets the Master of Suspense! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 11, 2017
Mini #141: J.J. Wall: Part 2
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This week: Clint Eastwood writes a check! Bob Newhart rights a wrong! Rodney Dangerfield throws in the towel! The comic genius of Patrick Warburton! And the glory years of Catch a Rising Star! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2017
184. Ed. Weinberger
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by veteran comedy writer and producer Ed. Weinberger, who looks back on six decades' worth of career highlights, including touring Vietnam with Bob Hope, penning jokes for Johnny Carson, firing Tony Clifton (but not Andy Kaufman) and befriending the late, great Dick Gregory. Also, Dino hits the sauce, Vaughn Meader hits the skids, George C. Scott hits the roof and Ed. remembers the infamous Harry Crane. PLUS: When Orangutans Attack! "Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcasters' School"! Ol' Blue Eyes places a bet! Gilbert makes like Lenny Bruce! And Ed. auditions to play...himself? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 04, 2017
Mini #140: Writer-comedian J.J. Wall: Part 1
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This week: Gilbert minds the store! J.J. impersonates Robocop! Jackie Gleason trashes the script! Tom Arnold hits the john! And Quake gets a macho makeover! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2017
183. Rupert Holmes Returns
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GGACP fan (and host) favorite, songwriter-composer-dramatist Rupert Holmes returns to discuss (among other essential topics) the brilliance of Bernard Herrmann, the lesser-known films of Boris Karloff and the fine art of "cracking" celebrity impressions. Also, Frank Gorshin channels George Burns, Gilbert channels Sydney Greenstreet, Bob Hope goes psychedelic and Rupert remembers childhood hero Jerry Lewis. PLUS: "House of Wax"! The Great Gildersleeve! Grandpa Munster rocks out! Rupert"collaborates" with Mickey Rooney! And the boys pay tribute to "Old Dark House" movies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 27, 2017
Mini #139: Movie Sequels That Surpass the Original
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"Jaws 3, People 0"! The secret origin of Garbage Pail Kids! Praising "The Godfather Part II"! Gloria Swanson goes ape! And Gilbert seduces Mr. Magoo! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2017
182. David Zucker
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Writer-director-producer David Zucker ("Airplane!," "The Naked Gun," "Kentucky Fried Movie") sits down with Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating, hour-plus conversation about the rules of comedy, the challenges of parody, the uniqueness of "Who's on First?" and the greatest hits (and misses) of the Marx Brothers. Also, Peter Graves takes offense, Vincent Price takes a pass, Woody Allen boxes a kangaroo and "ZAZ" lifts a plot from Charles Bronson. 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
Nov 20, 2017
Mini #138: Jackie Martling Returns: Part 2
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Al Lewis stops the show! Groucho packs Carnegie Hall! Miguelito Loveless strikes out! And Jackie explains "Stump the Jokeman"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2017
181. Joyce Van Patten
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Gilbert and Frank welcome veteran stage, film and television actress Joyce Van Patten, who shares fond memories of working with some of Hollywood's most iconic figures, including Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Danny Kaye, Dean Martin and Peter Sellers (to name a few). Also, Joyce dines with Vincent Price, tours with Tony Randall, treads the boards with Al Shean and remembers the late, great Herb Edelman. PLUS: Mr. Big converts! Rod Serling stops by the set! Joyce praises Martin Balsam! Andy Griffith hates on Jack Lord! And Bob Denver adopts a monkey!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 13, 2017
Mini #137: Jackie Martling Returns: Part 1
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This week: Louis Nye holds court! Mae West wigs out! Rodney Dangerfield sings "The Rainbow Connection"! And Jackie meets The King of All Media! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2017
180. Rick Overton
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Comedian, actor and Emmy-winning writer Rick Overton ("Willow," Groundhog Day," "Seinfeld") joins Gilbert and Frank for a free form discussion of everything from incidental sitcom music to the Beatles' animated series to the underrated mimicry of Frank Gorshin. Also, Barney Fife screws up his courage, Ian McKellen prank calls Patrick Stewart, Rick hangs with Kurt Vonnegut and Captain Nemo meets the Prince of *$#@* Darkness! PLUS: Burns & Carlin! "Million Dollar Mystery"! Otis the Drunk cleans up! The return of the Lee Marvin story! And Rick remembers his friend Jonathan Winters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 06, 2017
Mini #136: Inside the "Gilbert" Documentary with filmmaker Neil Berkeley
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This week: Wally Cox breaks the ice! Lewis Black busts a gut! Gilbert meets war re-enactors! And the many talents of Arlene Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2017
179. Rich Koz aka Svengoolie
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Gilbert and Frank usher in Halloween 2017 with one of the last remaining TV horror hosts, Rich Koz, AKA "Svengoolie," who remembers some of his famous predecessors (Ghoulardi, Zacherle, Chilly Billy) and praises the stylishness and symbolism of the original Universal horror classics. Also, Fritz Feld gets hitched, Eddie Munster goes wild, Vampira takes Elvira to court and Mister Rogers meets the Wicked Witch of the West. PLUS: Count Floyd! "The Mummy's Curse"! Bela Lugosi gets hypnotized! Gilbert chokes the chicken! And the (arguably) craziest horror film ever made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 30, 2017
Mini #135: Producer of the Month: "Movie Cliches"
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This week: Roscoe Lee Browne! Blake Edwards' "The Party"! Gilbert takes down "Midnight Express"! And the Principle of Evil Marksmanship! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2017
178. Mick Garris
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Writer, director and producer Mick Garris ("The Stand," "Psycho IV," "Stephen King's The Shining") joins Gilbert and Frank to weigh in on a host of horror-related topics, including the cordiality of Vincent Price, the bravado of Christopher Lee, the generosity of Forrest J. Ackerman and the "ampleness" of Lon Chaney Jr.  Also, Stanley Kubrick ditches the script, Martin Scorsese clears the set, Gilbert hangs with Tobe Hooper and Mick remembers the late, great William Schallert. PLUS: "Rod Serling's Night Gallery"! "Exorcist II: The Heretic"! Bea Arthur meets R2-D2! Mick wins over Norman Bates! And the golden age of horror anthologies! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 23, 2017
Mini #134: "Stump the Hosts! Part 3" with Kevin Dougherty and Drew Friedman
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This week: Anthony Newley! The REAL Fred Flintstone! "How to Murder Your Wife"! Gilbert bombs in New Delhi! And "Harvey Korman" guests on the podcast! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2017
177. Drew Friedman
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back one of their favorite guests, cartoonist and illustrator extraordinaire Drew Friedman, who discusses his newest book, "Drew Friedman's Chosen People," and joins the boys for a rollicking hour of rumors, innuendo, half-truths and outright lies. Also, Drew puts Groucho to bed, Frank meets a real, live Stooge, Fred McMurray inspires Captain Marvel and Sammy Petrillo takes credit for "The Munsters." PLUS: The Uncle Miltie puppet! The MAD genius of Don Martin! The return of Perfecto Telles! Jerry Lewis "kills" Peter Lorre! And Mr. Warmth plays Felix Ungar!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 16, 2017
Mini #133: "The History of the Improv" with author Tripp Whetsell
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This week: Bette Midler breaks out! Richard Pryor drops trou! Robin Williams does Gilbert a solid! Rodney Dangerfield vs. Joe E. Ross! And the true story behind Budd Friedman's monocle! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2017
176. Dee Wallace
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Veteran actress Dee Wallace ("E.T.," "Cujo," "The Howling") 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: Blake Edwards! "The Frighteners"! 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
Oct 09, 2017
Mini #132: The Cinema of Gilbert Gottfried, Part II
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This week: "The Beastmaster"! "Aladdin on Ice"! J.Lo becomes Chuck Norris! Renny Harlin gives Gilbert the brush-off! And we salute the GGACP Listener Society! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 05, 2017
175. Frank Conniff
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"Push the button, Frank!" Writer, comedian and actor Frank Conniff ("Mystery Science Theater 3000") stops by the studio to share selections from his new book of MST3K-related essays and to weigh in on topics ranging from Superman's Jewish roots to the outsized cinema of Bert I. Gordon to the meta-comedy of ArtMetrano. Also, Jack Webb directs, Pia Zadora meets Kris Kringle, Frank defends Ed Wood and Gilbert hangs with Sid Melton. PLUS: Richard "Jaws" Kiel! The Rip Taylor Trio! "Monster a Go-Go!" Billy Wilder teams with the Marx Brothers!? And the worst musical ever made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 02, 2017
Mini #131: The Cinema of Gilbert Gottfried
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This week: Pimpin' with James Lipton! Dreaming of Alan Arkin! Dice Clay skips "My Cousin Vinny"! And Gilbert gets lucky in Madrid! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 28, 2017
174. Richard Lewis
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Comedian and actor Richard Lewis joins Gilbert and Frank to promote the new season of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and to reminisce about his 45 years in comedy, his history of "nightmare gigs" and his relationships with Don Rickles, Jerry Lewis, Rodney Dangerfield and Jonathan Winters. Also, Larry David goes to camp, David Brenner buys a stapler, the Juggalos heckle Lionel Atwill, and Richard joins the mile-high club (sort of). PLUS: John Cassavetes! Fred de Cordova! "The Island of Dr. Moreau"! Richard plays Carnegie Hall! And Gilbert plays Queen Elizabeth!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 25, 2017
Mini #130: Gilbert Sings Your Requests, Vol. 2
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This week: Allan Sherman hangs with Harpo! Frank turns down Snoop Dogg! Gilbert "salutes" Alan Thicke! And Hervé Villechaize tears down the Wall of Sound! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 21, 2017
173. Rob Paulsen
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Gilbert and Frank dial up legendary voice actor Rob Paulsen ("Animaniacs," "The Tick," "Pinky and the Brain") for a compelling discussion of essential topics, including the generosity of Mel Blanc, the meticulousness of Steven Spielberg, the versatility of Mark Hamill and the professionalism of June Foray. Also, Roddy McDowall holds court, Orson Welles hits the sauce, Sir John Gielgud cuts to the check and Rob stars in a $500,000 "in-joke." PLUS: Lorenzo Music! Robert Ridgely! The man behind The Brain! Gilbert tangles with the Ninja Turtles! And Paul Williams "meets" Michael Caine! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 18, 2017
Mini #129: Time Travel Movies with Richard Kind
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This week: Whit Bissell! The beauty of Yvette Mimieux! The genius of Nicholas Meyer! Richard praises "It's a Wonderful Life"! And "the Professor" meets John Wilkes Booth! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 14, 2017
172. Bill Macy
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In one of their funniest episodes to date, Gilbert and Frank are joined by veteran actor Bill Macy ("Maude," "The Jerk," "My Favorite Year") for a highly entertaining look back at his seven-decade career and his collaborations with everyone from Bea Arthur to Norman Lear to Steve Martin. Also, Bill praises Carl Reiner, understudies Walter Matthau, ticks off Tony Curtis and shares the screen with Art Carney (and Lily Tomlin). PLUS: "Oh! Calcutta!" Remembering Joe Bologna! Gilbert plays a Spaniard! William H. Macy changes his name! And Bill convicts Bialystock and Bloom! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 11, 2017
Mini #128: "The History of the Playboy Clubs" with author Patty Farmer
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This week: Jim, Jake and Joan! Charlie Callas hops a flight! Hef goes to bat for Dick Gregory! And Gilbert visits the Playboy Mansion! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 07, 2017
171. Tommy James
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Rock 'n' roll legend Tommy James serenades Gilbert and Frank with some of his biggest hits ("I Think We're Alone Now," "Crystal Blue Persuasion") and discusses his troubled, decades-long relationship with notorious music mogul/mob associate Morris Levy. Also, "Sgt. Pepper" changes the game, Gene Krupa hits hard times, Hubert Humphrey calls in a favor and Tommy reveals the strange origin of "Mony Mony." PLUS: Alan Freed! Vincent "The Chin" Gigante! "Hanky Panky" tops the charts! Tommy pens "Tighter, Tighter"! And Ed Sullivan presents "Tony Jones and the Spondells"! Photos: Charles Eshelman www.charleseshelman.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 04, 2017
Special Bonus Re-Release: Remembering Jay Thomas
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Emmy-winning actor JAY THOMAS was best known to audiences as hockey star Eddie LeBec on “Cheers” and tabloid talker Jerry Gold on “Murphy Brown,” but he was also a show business renaissance man, working as a stand-up, disc jockey, sportscaster and reality show host. Jay dropped by Gilbert’s apartment back in 2014 to share some hilariously candid anecdotes about everything from stealing Bill Cosby’s jokes to getting kicked out of a “West Wing” audition. Also: Jay looks back on the infamous “Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?”! Joe Piscopo runs afoul of the mob! Jay runs afoul of Rhea Perlman! And The Lone Ranger “rides” again! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2017
Mini Ep #127: Bad 70s/80s Superhero Shows (with Dylan Brody)
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This week: Little Dot! Desi Arnaz, Jr! "The Man from Atlantis"! Carl Reiner sings again! And Gilbert disses "Night Gallery"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 31, 2017
170. Buck Henry
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Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their favorite funnymen, legendary writer-actor-director Buck Henry, who looks back on his 50+ year career and shares hilarious anecdotes about Orson Welles, James Mason, John Belushi and Jonathan Winters (among others). Also: Buck adapts "Catch-22," praises Richard Benjamin, invents the Cone of Silence, co-directs "Heaven Can Wait" and confirms the Pat McCormick helicopter story. PLUS: "Captain Nice"! "Samurai Delicatessen"! Claude Rains speaks! The hoaxes of Alan Abel! And Buck remembers "That Was the Week That Was"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 28, 2017
Mini Ep #126: The History of the Muppets, Part 2 with Craig Shemin
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This week: Burns and Schreiber! Patchett and Tarses! The "ventriloquism" of Edgar Bergen! Vincent Price covers Carole King! And Gilbert wins a date with Kermit! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 24, 2017
169. Tony Lo Bianco
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by veteran stage and screen actor Tony Lo Bianco ("The French Connection," "The Seven-Ups," "The Honeymoon Killers") for an absorbing discussion of the art of acting, the importance of self-starting, the inventiveness of Larry Cohen and the eccentricities of Rod Steiger. Also: Tony channels Fiorello La Guardia, treads the boards with Uncle Miltie, teaches Mama Cass (and Frankie Lymon) and stares down the immortal Sandy Koufax. PLUS: Franco Zeffirelli! Remembering Roy Scheider! Tony "scouts" for the Dodgers! William Friedkin pursues Jackie Gleason! And Leonard Kastle replaces Martin Scorsese! Photos © Charles Eshelman. www.charleseshelman.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 21, 2017
Mini Ep #125: The History of the Muppets, Part 1 with Craig Shemin
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This week: The legendary Caroll Spinney! Uncle Miltie holds court! The Muppets join the cast of SNL! And Gilbert sings with Miss Piggy (and Kermit)! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 17, 2017
168. Ronnie Schell
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One of the podcast's most popular guests, actor and comedian Ronnie Schell returns to entertain Gilbert and Frank with classic stories about co-stars and contemporaries Harvey Korman, Don Rickles, Mickey Rooney, Don Knotts, and of course, Pat McCormick. Also: Ol' Blue Eyes takes a punch, Lee Marvin comes up short, Bob Newhart plays the Sahara and Ronnie writes a check to the mob. PLUS: Jesse White! "The Devil and Max Devlin"! The brilliance of Jack Riley! The madness of Marty Ingels! And Gilbert meets Sid Melton (and his dog)!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 14, 2017
Mini Ep #124: Gilbert Sings Your Requests
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This week: "Dream Weaver" inspires Wes Craven! Bob Dylan meets Floyd the Barber! Gilbert hugs Anthony Quinn! And MORE unsubstantiated showbiz rumors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 10, 2017
167. Larry Kenney
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Radio personality, actor and voice artist Larry Kenney (Lion-O, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird) stops by the studio to trot out his array of impressions (Richard Nixon, Paul Lynde, George S. Patton, et al.) and to talk about some of the industry's legendary voice talents, including Mel Blanc, Paul Frees, Bob McFadden, June Foray and Paul Winchell. Also, Larry hosts "Bowling for Dollars," Don Imus clashes with Howard Stern, Peter Lorre tries to sound like Peter Lorre and William Conrad cleans up the Old West. PLUS: Jerry the Bellybutton Elf! Vaughn Meader returns! "The Great American Dream Machine"! Lauren Bacall praises Larry's Bogie! And Count Chocula meets Dracula Gottfried! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 07, 2017
Mini Ep #123: "Sharknado Mania!" with director Anthony C. Ferrante
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This week: Saluting Robbie Rist! The virtuosity of Warren Zevon! Gilbert goes to Stonehenge! And Anthony remembers John Heard! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 03, 2017
166. Clint Howard
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One of the most recognizable character actors of the last half-century, Clint Howard, joins Gilbert and Frank for a highly entertaining look back at his eclectic (and prolific) career, covering everything from his films with B-movie mogul Roger Corman ("Carnosaur," "Rock 'n' Roll High School") to early roles on classic TV programs like "The Fugitive," "Star Trek" and "The Andy Griffith Show." Also, Clint meets Richard Nixon, dines with Dennis Weaver, cuts the rug with Janet Leigh and turns down a part in "The Flintstones." PLUS: "Gentle Ben"! "The Baileys of Balboa"! Ron Howard nabs a Grammy! Clint remembers Jack Elam! And the undersea world of Ivan Tors! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 31, 2017
Mini Ep #122: Producer of the Month: Disaster Movies of the 1970s
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This week: "The Glass Inferno"! Remembering George Romero and Martin Landau! Charo boards the Concorde! And Gilbert sings "The Morning After"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 27, 2017
165. Tom Bergeron
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TV personality, comedian and game show host Tom Bergeron drops by the studio to share his thoughts on a variety of topics, including the unpredictability of live television, the genius of Marcel Marceau, the benefits of transcendental meditation and the rise and fall of the Jerry Lewis Telethon. Also, Tom interviews Moe Howard (and Larry Fine), Sid Caesar speaks German, Bob Hope moves down the couch and Mel Brooks mimics Bill Cullen. PLUS: Bob the Puppet! The Lawrence Welk singers! Arnold Schwarzenegger "brings funny!" Henry Winkler pulls a fast one! And Tom and Gilbert remember John Ritter!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 24, 2017
Mini Ep #121: John Amos Returns
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This week: Lauding Norman Lear! Tom Hanks sings a TV jingle! Gilbert writes a Superboy comic! And John remembers Mary Tyler Moore! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 20, 2017
164. Bobcat Goldthwait
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Gilbert and Frank welcome comedian, actor, writer and director Bobcat Goldthwait, who discusses his transition from performing to directing, his love of Universal horror films, his delight in making audiences feel "awkward" and his decades-long friendship with the late, great Robin Williams. Also: Bob wrestles with Arsenio, runs afoul of Nickelback, writes a "Billy Jack" movie and raves about Gilbert's new 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
Jul 17, 2017
Mini Ep #120: "Borscht Belt Memories" with Marisa Scheinfeld
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This week: Appreciating Al Jaffee! Revisiting "The Swimmer"! Gilbert plays the Nevele! And Jackie Mason to the rescue! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 13, 2017
163. Wink Martindale
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Disc jockey, recording artist, radio/TV personality and longtime game show host Wink Martindale shares six decades of show business memories, including performing for Ed Sullivan, interviewing Jan and Dean, cutting a Top Ten single ("Deck of Cards") and befriending the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Also, Dickie Dawson laughs it up, Bobby Darin orders off the menu, Sam Cooke experiences technical difficulties and Wink pitches a show to Merv Griffin. PLUS: Sam Phillips! Barry & Enright stage a comeback! Paul Lynde brings down the house! Gilbert sings "Mack the Knife"! And Wink remembers Chuck Barris! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 10, 2017
Mini Ep #119: Gilbert & Frank Read Listener Tweets
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This week: "The Murders in the Rue Morgue"! The legend of Le Petomane! Nehemiah Persoff boards the Titanic! And Gilbert does Reginald Van Gleason! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 06, 2017
162. Norman Lear
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Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their most sought-after guests, iconic writer-producer-director Norman Lear, who holds court on a variety of subjects, including the inscrutability of Dean Martin, the politics (and Jewishness) of Edward G. Robinson, the "inventiveness" of Mickey Rooney and the heroism of the Tuskegee Airmen. Also, Norman woos Frank Sinatra, praises John Amos, presents Jerry Lewis with a one-of-a-kind gift and remembers his friend Carroll O'Connor. PLUS: James Franciscus! Roscoe Lee Browne! "Hot l Baltimore"! Norman buys the Declaration of Independence! And the legend of Joe E. Lewis. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 03, 2017
Mini Ep #118: Remembering Bill Dana
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This week: Byron Glick! "The Las Vegas Show"! Archie Bunker meets Sammy Davis Jr.! Bill's brother composes the "Get Smart" theme! And NASA salutes Jose Jimenez! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 29, 2017
161. Peter Asher
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Grammy-winning producer, British Invasion rocker and former Apple Records exec Peter Asher joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating discussion about (among other topics) 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, Peter "inspires" Austin Powers, Linda Ronstadt teams with Nelson Riddle and Peter and Gordon play the '64 World's Fair. PLUS: Spike Milligan! Del Shannon! Jackie Gleason acts out! Chad & Jeremy meet the Caped Crusaders! And a "rejected" Beatles tune lands Peter at the top of the charts! Photo by © Charles Eshelman | www.charleseshelman.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 26, 2017
Mini Ep #117: Bad Movie Musicals
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This week: Burt Reynolds sings! Gene Kelly skates! Carol Channing covers the Beatles! And Gilbert meets Mr. Baseball! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 22, 2017
160. Richard Benjamin
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Gilbert and Frank welcome actor-director Richard Benjamin for an enlightening and thoroughly entertaining discussion about his six-decade career in Hollywood as well as his memories of working with Woody Allen, Mel Brooks, Clint Eastwood, Mike Nichols and Orson Welles. Also, James Mason pulls a fast one, Walter Matthau plays the ponies, Johnny Guitar meets Lawrence of Arabia and Richard helms a comedy classic ("My Favorite Year"). PLUS: The genius of Michael Crichton! The brilliance of Buck Henry! George Burns orders soup! Richard pursues Albert Finney! And Gilbert sings the theme from "Goodbye Columbus"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 19, 2017
Mini-Episode #116: Remembering Adam West
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This week: Uma Thurman does the Batusi! Adam teams with the Three Stooges! The genius of Neal Hefti! And the unsung brilliance of "Lookwell." Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 15, 2017
159. Rupert Holmes
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Man of a thousand talents -- singer, songwriter, record producer, playwright and novelist Rupert Holmes joins Gilbert and Frank to discuss the lost art of "story songs," the visual allure of Hammer films, the mimicry gifts of Peter Bogdanovich and the unsung musicianship of the Wrecking Crew. Also, Rupert lunches with Groucho (and Frank Capra!), pens tunes for Barbra Streisand, joins forces with Jerry Lewis and reveals the origin of "The Pina Colada Song." PLUS: "The Indestructible Man"! The magic of Orson Welles! Gene Pitney makes a note! Darren McGavin takes a steam! And Rupert hangs with the Jackson 5!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 12, 2017
Mini-Episode #115: Bob Hope Revisited (with Danny Deraney)
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This week: "The Road to Hong Kong"! Edna Babish meets Al Jolson! Jerry Colonna goes to an orgy! And Gilbert sings (sort of) "Build Me Up Buttercup"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 08, 2017
158. Bob Burns
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Actor, film historian, memorabilia collector and self-described "Monster Kid" Bob Burns 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! This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 05, 2017
Mini-Episode #114: Remembering Johnny Carson, Part 2 with Mark Malkoff
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This week: Chevy Chase vs. Gallagher! The Legendary Peter Lasally! Johnny "tests" Uri Geller! And the King of Late Night's final curtain! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 01, 2017
157. Ron Dante
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Pop vocalist, record producer and "Sugar Sugar" singer Ron Dante joins Gilbert and Frank for an engaging and enjoyable conversation about the history of the legendary Brill Building, the birth of The Archies, 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
May 29, 2017
Mini-Episode #113: Remembering Johnny Carson, Part 1 with Mark Malkoff
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This week: Mel Brooks takes on Tony Bennett! Ed Ames performs a "bris." The mystery of the Zsa Zsa Gabor story! And Johnny turns down "The King of Comedy"!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2017
156. Carl Reiner
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Gilbert and Frank welcome one of their personal heroes to the show, iconic writer-actor-director Carl Reiner, who recalls his earliest years in the business, shares his admiration for Steve Allen, Sid Caesar and Dick Van Dyke and looks back on his feature film collaborations ("The Jerk," "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid") with Steve Martin. Also, Gilbert and Carl roast Joan Rivers, Ruth Gordon bites George Segal's tush, Queen Elizabeth praises "The 2000 Year Old Man," and Sheldon Leonard rescues "Head of the Family." PLUS: Iron Balls McGinty! Monty the Talking Dog! The late, great Edith Head! Mickey Rooney sends up Ben Turpin! And the legend of Le Petomane! This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 22, 2017
Mini-Episode #112: One-Hit Wonders from Other Media
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This week: Bob & Doug McKenzie! "The Last of Sheila"! Mel Brooks raps! And "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 18, 2017
155. Robert Bader
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Gilbert and Frank talk with producer, archivist and fellow Marx Brothers fanatic Robert S. Bader about his lifelong obsession with the boys as well as his fascinating (and meticulously researched) new book, "Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers On Stage." Also: Gummo goes to war, Harpo "courts" Amelia Earhart, Grouchocashes in on "Skidoo" and Gilbert hangs with Chico's daughter. PLUS: Swain's Rats & Cats! The real-life Sunshine Boys! BugsySiegel buys the farm! Dennis Hopper plays Napoleon! And the mystery of the disappearing Marx Brother! This episode is brought to you by Hello Fresh (www.hellofresh.com code: GOTTFRIED30) and ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/gilbert). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 15, 2017
Mini-Episode #111: One-Hit Wonders from Other Media
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This week: Edd "Kookie" Byrnes! Gary Lewis & the Playboys! Revisiting Jimmy Webb! And Moms Mabley covers Barry Manilow! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 11, 2017
154. Barry Levinson - Recorded Live at TriBeCa Film Festival
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In a special live episode (in association with the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival), Gilbert and Frank welcome Academy Award-winning director Barry Levinson, who recalls his early days as a sketch performer, his collaborations with comedy icons Carol Burnett, Mel Brooks and Tim Conway, and the experience of directing Dustin Hoffman to an Oscar in "Rain Man." Also, Warren Beatty breaks Gilbert's heart, Jackie Gayle riffs on "Bonanza," Rodney Dangerfield runs afoul of the law and "Diner" influences future generations of filmmakers. PLUS: 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! This episode is brought to you by BullGoose Shaving (www.bullgooseshaving.com code: GILBERT) and The Rant is Due with Lewis Black (www.audible.com/lewisblack). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 08, 2017
Mini-Episode #110: Gilbert and Frank Read Listener Tweets
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This week: Clu Gulager! Blossom "Grandmama" Rock! Farewell, Sheriff Pepper! And Dick Van Patten plays a vampire dentist! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2017
153. Steven Wright
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In one of the most offbeat episodes to date, 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 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 goes to a podiatrist. PLUS: "Summer of '42"! Humphrey Bogart orders stamps! Steven nabs an Oscar! The return of Jack Frost! And Ben Gazzara enjoys the Ben Gazzara bit! This episode is brought to you by BullGoose Shaving (www.bullgooseshaving.com code: GILBERT). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 01, 2017
Mini-Episode #109: One-Hit Wonders, 1973
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This week: Norman "Hurricane" Smith! The many talents of Loudon Wainwright III! The return of John Fred & His Playboy Band! And the strange origin of "Dancing in the Moonlight"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2017
152. Jimmy Webb
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Gilbert and Frank are joined by legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb ("Wichita Lineman," "Up, Up and Away"), who shares an entire career's worth of memories and anecdotes, including meeting Elvis, playing baccarat with Ol' Blue Eyes, turning down 40K a week to play Vegas and and sitting in on a recording session of the "White Album." Also, Jimmy parties with Paul Williams, crosses swords with Harry Nilsson, joins John Lennon on his "lost weekend" and pens megahits for longtime friend/collaborator Glen Campbell. PLUS: Father Guido Sarducci! The Nelson Riddle Orchestra! David Geffen offers advice! The musical genius of Johnny Rivers! And Jimmy plays "MacArthur Park" in...MacArthur Park! This episode is brought to you by ZipRecruiter (www.ziprecruiter.com/gilbert) and The Rant Is Due with Lewis Black (www.audible.com/lewisblack). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 24, 2017
Mini-Episode #108: One Hit Wonders, 1972
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"Popcorn"! Buffy Sainte-Marie! "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart"! The real Don Draper? And Jerry Lewis covers Mouth & MacNeal! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2017
151. Tony Roberts
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Veteran Broadway, TV and film actor Tony Roberts stops by the studio to hold 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 Allen 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
Apr 17, 2017
Mini-Episode #107: Farewell, Mr. Warmth
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This week: "The Pride and the Passion"! Rickles and Newhart see the world! Don zings the commander in chief! And Fambino Bambazzo buys the farm! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2017
150. Billy J. Kramer
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Liverpool-born rocker Billy J. Kramer, a member of the British Invasion and a friend/collaborator of the Beatles, joins Gilbert and Frank to explain the origin of Skiffle, the unusual appeal of the Cavern Club, the subculture known as "Teddy Boys" and Pete Best's exodus from the Fab Four. Also, Billy signs with Brian Epstein, teams with the Bee Gees, locks horns with George Martin, and covers Neil Diamond and Harry Nilsson. PLUS: "Jukebox Jury"! Billy goes glam! Gilbert salutes Gene Pitney! John Lennon records in the loo! And James Brown upstages the Stones! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2017
Mini-Episode #106: "Best Boy" and "Murder on the Orient Express"
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"Life Animated"! The artistry of Albert Finney! The collaborations of Sidney Lumet and Sean Connery! And Gilbert stars in his own documentary! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2017
149. Richard Kind
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Gilbert and Frank welcome back actor, raconteur and GGACP superfan Richard Kind, who waxes nostalgic about everything from "Soldier in the Rain" to "My Favorite Martian" to working alongside Robert Conrad, Charles Grodin, Martin Short and the Coen Brothers. Also, Frank Gorshin turns on the charm, Slappy White teams with Steve Rossi, Gilbert drops a dime on Eugene Pallette and Richard defends "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol." PLUS: Nick Apollo Forte! "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage"! Uncle Goopy reveals all! Praising M. Emmett Walsh! And Phil Collins meets Henry Mancini! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2017
Mini-Episode #105: Remembering Robert Osborne
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"Murder He Says"! Joseph Cotten comes to dinner! Burt Lancaster takes a dip! And Gilbert gets a Robert Osborne bobblehead! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2017
148. Bernie Kopell
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One of the funniest and most beloved character actors of his generation, Bernie Kopell joins Gilbert and Frank to reminisce about his six decades in show business, working with legends Steve Allen, Jack Benny and Phil Slivers and his signature roles on Get Smart, When Things Were Rotten and The Love Boat. Also, Charles Boyer apologizes, Raymond Burr takes a seat, Harvey Korman peddles encyclopedias and Bernie remembers his old pal Dick Gautier. PLUS: The world's slowest agent! Louis Armstrong hails a cab! Jonathan Winters lays down the law! In praise of Dick Van Dyke (and Mary Tyler Moore)! And a surprise guest calls in to the show! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2017
Mini-Episode #104: Listener Mail - Amazing Colossal Listener Society Edition
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This week: "Uncle Croc's Block"! "Murder on the Orient Express"! Peter Lorre does yellowface! Arnold Stang plays Felix Ungar! And Gilbert wins a date with Kermit the Frog! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2017
147. Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Clip Show!
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In an effort to introduce and explain the podcast to the unfamiliar or uninitiated, Gilbert and Frank assemble a collection of highlights from the first 140+ episodes, including memorable moments with Matthew Broderick, Howie Mandel, "Weird" Al Yankovic, Chevy Chase and Bob "Super Dave" Einstein (among others). Also, Uncle Junior sings, Al Jaffee turns tragedy into comedy, John Amos sends up Leonard Bernstein and Joey Pants spends a quiet day with the family. PLUS: Skelton Knaggs! Misbehaving Munchkins! Marlon Brando snubs the Academy! Slappy White makes a run for it! And Gilbert (finally) reveals his true self! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2017
Mini-Ep #103: Marx Brothers Blu-ray Review with Steve Stoliar
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This week: Zeppo opts out! Groucho holds a grudge! Woody Allen offers advice! And the "genius" of Irving Thalberg!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 16, 2017
146. Jamie Farr
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Gilbert and Frank chat with veteran character actor Jamie Farr, who looks back on 60+ years of showbiz memories, including sharing the big and small screen with legends Bob Hope, Doris Day, Sidney Poitier, Danny Kaye and Ed Wynn. Also, Jamie tours with Red Skelton, takes a class with Clint Eastwood, runs afoul of Joey Bishop and borrows a frock from Ginger Rogers. PLUS: "Murder Can Hurt You"! "Who's Minding the Mint?"! The mad genius of Chuck Barris! Lenny Bruce inspires Klinger! And the greatest prime-time lineup in TV history!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 13, 2017
Mini-Ep #102: Horror Movie Tag Lines Part 2 with Mike McPadden
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"Suspiria"! Zombies in Brooklyn! The versatility of Angus Scrimm! And Gilbert and Mike remember lost movie theaters! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 09, 2017
145. Bill Persky
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Emmy-winning writer-director Bill Persky returns to weigh in on topics not covered in his previous appearances, including the physicality of Tim Conway, the irritability of Joey Bishop, the professionalism of Don Ameche and the star power of Sandy Koufax. Also, Jack Palance tells a joke, Harvey Korman treads the boards, Joe Namath turns heads and George Carlin takes a powder. PLUS: Burt Mustin! Gene Kelly unmasked! Super Dave goes to Tahiti! Remembering Garry Marshall! And Eva Gabor replaces Sgt. Bilko! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 06, 2017
Mini-Ep #101: Horror Movie Tag Lines with Mike McPadden
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Marjoe Gortner! "Humanoids from the Deep"! Henry Fonda goes slumming! And Elvis' favorite Christmas flick! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 02, 2017
144. Tom Scharpling
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Comedian, TV writer and host of the popular Internet show/podcast "The Best Show," Tom Scharpling stops by the studio to hold court on a wide range of topics, including the comic genius of Martin Short (and Charles Grodin), the self-importance of Jerry Lewis, the body count of "Death Wish 3" and the forgotten history of "Saturday Night Live." Also: Jimmie Walker breaks out, Harry Shearer holds out, Tom feuds with Chuck Woolery and Hitler puts a hit out on the Three Stooges. PLUS: Gilbert O'Sullivan! "The Day the Clown Cried"! Alex P. Keaton goes to Japan! Tom meets Lisa Simpson! And the creepiest song ever written! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 27, 2017
Mini-Ep #100: Listener Tweets!
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Gilbert and Frank Read Listener Tweets Naked Walter Matthau! Munchkins gone wild! "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing"! The Alan Ladd story gets a theme song! And the strange death of Professor Backwards! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 23, 2017
143. Dick Guttman
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Renowned Hollywood publicist Dick Guttman talks to Gilbert and Frank about his 60+ years as a Hollywood "flack," promoting the careers of stars like Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor (among hundreds of others). Also, Dick praises Gene Hackman, pranks James Mason, parties with Marlon Brando and pens a joke for Uncle Miltie. PLUS: "The Sweet Smell of Success"! Harpo speaks! Laurence Olivier hams it up! Cary Grant shares the spotlight! And the greatest year in movie history! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 20, 2017
Mini-Ep #99: Forgotten Game Shows with Dick DeBartolo
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"The Wizard of Odds"! "Don Adams' Screen Test"! Bouncing Bobby Van! And the rise (and fall) of Allan Sherman! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 16, 2017
142. Tippi Hedren
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Gilbert and Frank talk to screen icon and animal activist Tippi Hedren about her absorbing new memoir ("Tippi"), her collaborations with co-stars Marlon Brando and Rod Taylor, her turbulent relationship with Alfred Hitchcock and her fifty-year mission to rescue and protect wild cats. Also, Cary Grant pays a visit, Sean Connery pays a compliment, JFK makes his move and Tippi befriends a raven from "The Birds." PLUS: "The Harrad Experiment"! The legendary Edith Head! Charlie Chaplin saves the day! Young Gilbert checks out "Marnie"! And the (arguably) most dangerous movie ever made! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 13, 2017
Mini-Ep #98: Game Show Confidential with Dick DeBartolo
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This week: Allan Sherman branches out! Ethel Merman buys in! Richard Dawson jumps ship! And the versatility of Bert Convy!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 09, 2017
141. Howard Kaylan 
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Musician and vocalist Howard Kaylan (The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) joins Gilbert and Frank for a funny, freewheeling discussion of a host of topics, including the virtuosity of Harry Nilsson, the "free love" of the 1960s, the nostalgic appeal of "That Thing You Do!" and the underrated artistry of The Zombies. Also: Howard disses Lulu, parties with Soupy Sales, runs afoul of Jimi Hendrix and meets his personal "Louis Prima." PLUS: Kate Smith! "Don McNeill's Breakfast Club!" Donald Fagen buys a suit! John Lennon feuds with Frank Zappa! And the Turtles invade the White House!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2017
Mini-Ep #97: Remembering Mary Tyler Moore (with Bill Persky)
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"Coast to Coast Big Mouth"! "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman"! And Mary discovers Sammy's Roumanian Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2017
140. Ronnie Schell
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Comedian and actor Ronnie Schell has shared the stage and screen with virtually everyone in show business, including Andy Griffith, Carl Reiner, Redd Foxx, Rodney Dangerfield, Goldie Hawn, George Carlin and even Groucho Marx. Gilbert and Frank track down Ronnie at his LA home to talk about his early days on the nightclub circuit, his decades-long friendships with legendary funnymen Bill Dana, Pat McCormick and Harvey Korman and his memorable role as Gomer Pyle's bunkmate, Duke Slater. PLUS: Billy De Wolfe! The Kingston Trio! The reclusive Jack Burns! Sinatra drops by the Blue Angel! And the prodigious talents of Theodore Bikel! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2017
Mini-Ep #96: In Memoriam 2016: Music
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This week: The REAL Fifth Beatle! Gilbert "salutes" Leon Russell! Jerry Lewis' "Space Oddity"! And the magnificent talents of Marni Nixon! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2017
139. In Memoriam 2016
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Gilbert and Frank pay loving tribute to some of the outstanding talents who passed away in 2016, including Robert Vaughn, George Kennedy, Carrie Fisher, Patty Duke and Garry Shandling. Also in this episode: Carol Brady pitches Cheerios, Garry Marshall defends Wayne Newton, William Schallert tangles with Tribbles and Steve Allen presents Guido Panzini. PLUS: The Godfather of Gore! The Slow Talkers of America! Jack Riley's doomsday cult! Gilbert hangs with Lois Lane! And we bid farewell to the Green Hornet (and Cato).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2017
Mini-Ep #95: Listener Mail - Facebook Edition
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This week: The films of Victor Mature! The conquests of Kirk Douglas! The musical stylings of Johnny Mandel! And Klinger and Father Mulcahy take it on the road! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2017
138. Ira Glass
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Radio and podcast personality (and lifelong Gilbert fan) Ira Glass drops by the studio to share his love of, among other things, old-school entertainment, classic comedy albums, the Frank Sinatra songbook and the grand spectacle of "The Poseidon Adventure." Also, Sammy Davis Jr. finds religion, Davy Jones finds inspiration, Ruth Buzzi hangs (or doesn't) with Orson Welles and Ira crashes the set of a legendary sitcom. PLUS: "The Komodo Dragon Expert"! Red Buttons' sister! The mercurial Zero Mostel! Yoko Ono improvises! And "The Incredible Mr. Limpet!" This episode is brought to you Harold Ramis Film School. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 16, 2017
Mini-Ep #94: ”Harper" and "The Friends of Eddie Coyle"
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This week: James Wong Howe! Movie tag lines! The cinema of Peter Yates! And the Coen brothers send up Raymond Chandler! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2017
137. Rich Little
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The "Man of a Thousand Voices," comedian and impressionist Rich Little joins Gilbert and Frank for an hour of memories and anecdotes about his legendary showbiz pals and co-stars, including Jimmy Stewart, Dean Martin, Don Rickles, Frank Sinatra and Jack Benny (to name but a few). Also, Rich dubs Ernest Borgnine, George Burns takes a phone call, Johnny Carson takes his revenge and David Frye lays down the law. PLUS: The Velvet Fog! "The Caine Mutiny"! Carnac the Magnificent! Ed Sullivan introduces Little Richard! And Gilbert "dances for Fred Astaire"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2017
Mini-Ep #93: Born in 1916 (Happy Birthday, Kirk Douglas!)
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Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their admiration for lesser-known films, underappreciated TV shows and underrated perfo