Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!



Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once referred to as "a national treasure," sits down in his own New York City apartment (you expected him to leave the couch?) with the Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy.

Joined by co-host and fellow showbiz obsessive Frank Santopadre, Gilbert talks to comics, actors, singers, voice artists, talk show hosts, writers, show runners and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Dick Cavett, Henry Winkler, David Steinberg, Weird Al Yankovic, Billy West, Barbara Feldon, Paul Shaffer, Bob Saget, Micky Dolenz and MANY more, as they share fond memories and personal anecdotes of show business then and now (but mostly then).

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #48: Lewis Black LIVE @ Caroline's

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Description: This week, Gilbert and Frank are joined by Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian, writer and actor Lewis Black. In our first live recording at New York City's Carolines comedy club, Lewis recounts some of his most personal showbiz war stories, shares his affection for "Sgt. Bilko" and "Amos 'n' Andy," and looks back on the day the Beatles rocked his young world and changed his life. Also, Lewis auditions for Woody Allen, Gilbert loses a part to Dustin Hoffman (!) and Sir Cedric Hardwicke fails to live up to his name. PLUS: David Copperfield! Huntz Hall! "Terror Train"! Gilbert portrays a Spaniard! And Lon Chaney Jr. gets Bela Lugosi's brain!

Title: Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions #6

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Description: Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors -- discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures.

This week, Frank recommends the Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant classic CHARADE while Gilbert...well...does he pick a comedy this time? Also, evil Walter Matthau!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #47: Craig Bierko

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Description: Actor and singer Craig Bierko has appeared in movies ("Cinderella Man," "The Long Kiss Goodnight"), hit TV series ("Damages," "Boston Legal") and Tony-nominated musicals ("The Music Man," "Guys and Dolls") and worked alongside comedy icons like Larry David, Bob Newhart and the Zucker Brothers. Craig stopped by Gilbert's apartment to present Gilbert with a birthday gift, to take a few personal phone calls and to regale Gilbert and Frank with stories and anecdotes featuring everyone from Norman Mailer to Bishop Fulton Sheen. Also, Craig goes toe-to-toe with Russell Crowe, turns down the role of Chandler Bing (!) and takes a bath with John Malkovich. PLUS: Wilford Brimley! David (or Bill) Huddleston! George Harrison sings "Oh! My Pa-Pa"! And the strange death of Parkyakarkus!

Title: Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions #5

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Description: Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors -- discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures.

This week: Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis race around the globe! Treat Williams cleans up the mean streets of Manhattan! And the "genius" of Bert I. Gordon!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #46: Joan Kramer & David Heeley

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Description: Filmmakers and film historians JOAN KRAMER and DAVID HEELEY have won five Emmys for their documentaries about Hollywood legends Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, just to name just a few. To coincide with the release of their new book, "In the Company of Legends," Joan and David joined Gilbert and Frank to talk about their adventures in writing and directing celebrity bios, their struggles to capture their famous subjects on film and the lasting friendships they forged along the way. Also, Richard Dreyfuss deconstructs "Casablanca," Johnny Carson calls on Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart takes advice from a Stooge and Kate Hepburn clashes with the King of Pop. PLUS: "Uncle Carl" Laemmle gambles away Universal studios! Lily Tomlin walks off "The Dick Cavett Show"! And the strange mystery of JFK and "Over the Rainbow"!

Title: Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions #4

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Description: Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors, discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures.

This week: Steve Martin goes dramatic, Lon Chaney Jr. brings classic literature to life and when will Gilbert pick a COMEDY?

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #45: Steve Buscemi

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Description: Brooklyn-born actor and director Steve Buscemi (pronounced "BOO-SEMI") joins Gilbert and Frank for lunch and laughs at the New York Friars Club and tells us all about his early days as a struggling stand-up, his memories of making modern-day classics like "Reservoir Dogs," "Miller's Crossing" and "Fargo" and his memorable on-screen deaths at the hands of everyone from to Vince Vaughn to Roger Daltrey. Also, Steve shares a cab with Gilbert, shares the stage with Andy Kaufman and shares his appreciation for Harvey Keitel and "The Brady Bunch." PLUS: "Joey Pants"! The madness of Lawrence Tierney! Illya Kuryakin ties the knot! Paul Winchell builds an artificial heart! And Woody Allen meets Carrot Top!

Title: Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions #3

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Description: Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors, discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures.

This week: Bad biopics! Neil Simon reboots "Bogart"! Lee Marvin bests Rod Steiger! And Mike Myers borrows from Quincy Jones!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #44: Carol Leifer

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Description: Emmy-nominated writer, producer and comedian Carol Leifer joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about early comedy influences Mickey Katz, Allan Sherman and Vaughn Meader, her salad days at The Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star and scripting unforgettable "Seinfeld" episodes like "The Rye," "The Lip Reader" and "The Hamptons" (aka "The Ugly Baby.") Also, Carol dates Paul Reiser, recognizes Ron Perlman, compliments Barry Levinson and opens for the Chairman of the Board. PLUS: Lenny Schultz! "Cool Hand Luke"! The return of "Dummy in the Window"! Gilbert meets Lorne Michaels! And Carol (sort of) meets Jack Nicholson!

Title: Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions #2

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Description: Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors, discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures.

This week: Boss Hogg comes to Brooklyn! Scorsese satirizes SoHo! And the big screen's first (and last!) Jewish James Bond villain!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #43: Bobby Rydell

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Description: The pride of South Philadelphia, former teen idol Bobby Rydell joins Gilbert and Frank at the Friars Club's George Burns Room to talk about his early days as a drummer, his hit records "Swinging School," "Wild One" and "Volare" and his memorable role as Ann-Margret's lovesick boyfriend Hugo Peabody in the movie musical "By Bye Birdie." Also, Bobby opens for Joey Bishop, tours with the Everly Brothers, shares a drink with Ol' Blue Eyes and inspires the Beatles' classic "She Loves You." PLUS: Crazy Guggenheim! Clem Kadiddlehopper! Bobby plays the legendary Copa! John Wayne meets the Son of God! And Guy Marks steals Uncle Miltie's thunder!

Title: Gilbert & Frank's Amazing Colossal Obsessions #1

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Description: Each week, comedian Gilbert Gottfried and comedy writer Frank Santopadre share their appreciation of lesser-known films, underrated TV shows and hopelessly obscure character actors, discussing, dissecting and (occasionally) defending their handpicked guilty pleasures and buried treasures. This week: the haunting of George C. Scott! Burt Lancaster and Joan Rivers go for a swim! And "Mr. Warmth" takes on "Inherit the Wind"!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #42: Dan Harmon

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Description: Outspoken and controversial writer-producer Dan Harmon went from performing improv in his hometown of Milwaukee to creating hit television shows like "Community" and Adult Swim's "Rick and Morty." Dan joined Gilbert and Frank for a refreshingly candid and revealing conversation about the perils of celebrity, how his various neuroses fuel his creativity and why he chose to launch his own podcast (the wildly popular "Harmontown") instead of going to therapy. Also: Dan pays "homage" to Bill Cosby, gets canned by Sarah Silverman, creates the never-aired cult show "Heat Vision and Jack" and locks horns with comedy hero-turned-antagonist Chevy Chase. PLUS: "Manimal"! "Misfits of Science"! "The Streisand Effect"! Gilbert hangs with Charlie Sheen! And Dan receives a VERY special delivery!

Also, don't forget -- COMMUNITY returns for its SIXTH season on Yahoo! Screen on Tuesday March 17th!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #41: Bill Mumy

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Description: To mark the 50th anniversary of the classic adventure series "Lost in Space," Gilbert and Frank dial up Will Robinson himself, actor, musician and voice artist Bill Mumy, who shares childhood memories of working with icons Irwin Allen, Brigitte Bardot and Walt Disney and explains why he turned down the role of Eddie Munster. Also, Bill runs afoul of Alfred Hitchcock, stars in three unforgettable "Twilight Zone" episodes and records the novelty song "Fish Heads." PLUS: "The Great Vegetable Rebellion"! Billy meets Keith Richards! Zorro meets Eva Peron! And Gilbert tangles with the Man of Steel!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #40: Dave Attell

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Description: One of their favorite funny people, comic, writer and Comedy Central host Dave Attell joins Gilbert and Frank this week to talk about everything from Louis CK's cult Blaxploitation spoof "Pootie Tang" (featuring Dave in a small role) to Gilbert's controversial (and costly) tsunami jokes to Danny Kaye's (alleged) love affair with Sir Laurence Olivier. Also: Dave shares his passion for 70's-era porn, tells us why he doesn't consider himself a good actor and helps us dissect classic (and not-so-classic) movies like "Planet of the Apes," "The Magnificent Seven" and "The Tingler." PLUS: Tuesday Weld! Pat Morita! Hymie the Robot! The Three Stooges meet "The Dirty Dozen"! And Barbara Hershey becomes Barbara Seagull!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #39: Ken Berry

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Description: Actor, dancer and singer Ken Berry grew up in a small Midwestern town, admiring the musicals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and after winning several local talent contests, he found his way into show business and was soon pulling down an impressive (for the time) $90 a week! Gilbert and Frank caught up with Ken at his Hollywood home to ask about his "two years of recess" on the classic sitcom "F-Troop" and his memories of working alongside comedy greats George Burns, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett and a then (mostly) unknown Steve Martin. Also, Ken reminisces about life as a "day player" and tells us why he had the worst stage act in the history of Vegas. PLUS: "My Mother the Car"! "The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show"! Helen Hayes eats a cheeseburger! Richard Dreyfuss serenades a goldfish! And Leonard Nimoy covers Harry Belafonte!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #38: Alan Zweibel

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Description: Emmy award-winning writer Alan Zweibel started out in show business by peddling jokes to Catskills comics at seven bucks a pop, before a chance meeting with Lorne Michaels led to a staff job on the hottest new show on television, "Saturday Night Live." Alan joined Gilbert and Frank at the George Burns Room at the Friars Club to talk about the earliest days of SNL, co-creating the groundbreaking "It's Garry Shandling's Show" and collaborating with everyone from Gilda Radner to Rob Reiner to Billy Crystal. Also: Alan heckles Larry David's act, "borrows from" Paul Simon, turns down "Hollywood Squares" and inspires a classic "Seinfeld" episode. PLUS: Totie Fields! Christopher Lee! The subversiveness of "Duck Soup"! Uncle Miltie gets banned! And Gilbert tries (unsuccessfully) to follow The Beatles!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #37: Chuck McCann

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Description: As a young boy growing up in Queens, New York, Chuck McCann worshipped stars like Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton and Groucho Marx, and within a few years, he would find himself befriending (or working with) all of them. Gilbert and Frank phoned Chuck (one of THEIR childhood heroes) to talk about his unusual and unlikely journey from obsessed fan to celebrated screen, stage and voice performer and beloved kiddie show host. Also: Chuck hitches a ride on Hugh Hefner's jet, inspires Billy Crystal, writes a part for John Carradine and co-stars in a legendary TV flop. Plus: Hal Roach! Tim Conway! Lionel Barrymore! Chuck and Groucho hawk deodorant! Mae West "works" the docks! And Chuck asks Gilbert for a lollipop

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #36: Gary Busey

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Description: Oscar-nominated actor Gary Busey has been in over 150 movies, working alongside everyone from Barbra Streisand to Steven Seagal. On a recent visit to LA, Gilbert sat down with Gary to talk about his near-death experience, his character "process" and channeling the spirit of Buddy Holly. Also, Gary hosts "Saturday Night Live," spoons Mel Gibson, jams with Rick Danko and praises Gene Hackman. PLUS: Jack Elam! Jan-Michael Vincent! Rod Steiger eats a sandwich! And Gary tells Gilbert the meaning of life.

Also, we apologize for the first minute or so of audio. It sounds rough but it clears up and get MUCH better. You're not going to want to miss this ep!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #35: Bob Zmuda

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Description: Writer, comedian and producer Bob Zmuda has had a busy career, performing, writing and producing comedy specials, co-creating the charity Comic Relief and collaborating with the late (??) great comedian/performance artist Andy Kaufman. Gilbert and Frank rang up Bob at his house in Lake Tahoe to talk about (among other things) his early days as half of the comedy duo Albrecht & Zmuda, his role in bringing the Kaufman biopic "Man on the Moon" to the screen, his controversial new book about Andy's life, and his theory of how his old friend and collaborator pulled off the greatest hoax in comedy history. Also, Eddie Murphy takes a phone call, Tony Clifton (or was it Jim Carrey?) invades the Playboy mansion and Garth Brooks (almost) portrays Bob on the big screen. PLUS: The ventriloquist team of Dick & Stinky! Andy gets a woody! Larry the Lobster gets a reprieve! Gilbert gets the axe at SNL! And a surprise guest crashes the podcast!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #34: Susie Essman LIVE @ NYC Podfest '15

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Description: Although Susie Essman is best known to audiences for playing the acid-tongued Susie Greene on HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," she began her career as a stand-up comic, opening for people like Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Belzer and a young Gilbert Gottfried. For our first live episode (as part of the annual NYC Podfest) Gilbert and Frank sat down with Susie to talk about her obsession with Turner Classic Movies, her favorite "Curb" moments and how comedy saved her from a life of crime. Plus: Peter Lorre! Margaret Hamilton! Susie roasts Jerry Stiller! Larry David pens a pilot for Gilbert! And the curse of the "Shiksa Goddess"!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #33: James Karen

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Description: Character actor extraordinaire James Karen has appeared in over 80 movies, over 100 television shows and a staggering 5,000 TV commercials. In a career spanning nearly 7 decades (!), he's worked with Frederic March, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford and Will Smith, to name but a few. Gilbert and Frank phoned James one recent Saturday night to cover a VERY wide range of topics, including his film debut in the immortal "Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster," his years-long friendship with the legendary Buster Keaton and his experience sharing a townhouse with Marlon Brando, Wally Cox and Maureen Stapleton. Also, James "sells" Craig T. Nelson a haunted house, a Boy Scout uniform leads to an acting career and a controversial "Jeffersons" episode nearly torpedoes a plum TV pitchman gig. PLUS: James parties with Clark Gable and Louis B. Mayer! Gilbert gets a one-cent residual check! Moe Howard recites from "The Tempest"! And James teaches a teenaged Michael Douglas to drive!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #32: Tom Leopold

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Description: Veteran comedy writer Tom Leopold started out as an actor, working opposite James Mason, Robert Preston, Ted Knight and Wayne Newton before going on to create comedy material for legends Steve Allen, Bob Hope and Mary Tyler Moore and write on hit series like "Cheers" and "Seinfeld" (scripting the memorable "Babu" episode, among others). Tom sat down with Gilbert and Frank to talk about early acting roles on "Gunsmoke" and "Mannix," his days on the "National Lampoon Radio Hour" with Christopher Guest and Bill Murray and his years-long friendships with pals Paul Shaffer, Richard Belzer and Harry Shearer. Also: George Chakiris vs. George Maharis, Chevy Chase hitches a ride with Paul Lynde and 80-year-old Georgie Jessel phones his mom. PLUS: Stubby Kaye! Gert "Goldfinger" Frobe! Donald O'Connor's coat! Tom brunches with Jerry Lewis! And the return of Perfecto Telles!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #31: Danny Bonaduce

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Description: Actor, comedian and radio host Danny Bonaduce started in show business at age four and achieved fame at age ten as smart-alecky Danny Partridge on the hit sitcom "The Partridge Family." But within a year of the show's cancellation, he was homeless, battling substance abuse and piling up arrests. Gilbert and Frank dialed up Danny at his home in Seattle to ask him about his early roles on shows like "Bewitched" and "The Ghost and Mrs. Muir," his four years as a Partridge and his long, VERY strange trip from tabloid celebrity to reality show "train wreck" to top-rated shock jock and radio show host. Also: Danny meets a young Richard Pryor, bangs up Sonny Bono's Porsche, runs afoul of an angry chimp and dukes it out with Donny Osmond and Greg Brady. PLUS: Ray Bolger! Mick Jagger! Whit Bissell! Shirley Jones sends Danny to his room! And David Cassidy displays his hidden "talent!"

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #30: Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszewski

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Description: Screenwriter/Producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski have written some of the most offbeat and imaginative movies of the last three decades, including Ed Wood, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man on the Moon and the new Big Eyes (opening this week). Gilbert and Frank dropped by Scott and Larry's hotel as the boys prepped for their MOMA premiere to talk about everything from the success of their critically reviled debut film, Problem Child (featuring a certain shrill-voiced comedian) to their attempts at a Marx Brothers biopic and an It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World sequel. PLUS: Margaret Keane's existential crisis! Kelton the Cop demands a cameo! Gallagher vs. Gallagher II! "Ed Wood & Bela Lugosi: A Love Story"! And Scott and Larry meet the King of Pop!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #29: Henry Winkler

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Description: Manhattan-born Henry Winkler overcame a difficult childhood to carve out a memorable acting career that would see him work with everyone from Gene Kelly to Katherine Hepburn and portray one of TV's most indelible characters, Arthur "The Fonz" Fonzarelli. Gilbert and Frank dialed up Henry at his L.A. home to talk about his struggles with dyslexia, the genius of a young Robin Williams and Henry's enduring friendships with Ron Howard and John Ritter. Also: Henry helps discover Marlee Matlin, meets John (and Julian) Lennon and explains the mysterious disappearance of Chuck Cunningham. PLUS: Fonzie parts the Red Sea! Sly Stallone paints his windows black! Henry turns down "Grease"! And Gilbert "sings" the "Lords of Flatbush" theme!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #28: Micky Dolenz

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Description: Gilbert and Frank visit the George Burns Room at the historic New York Friars Club, where they're joined by actor, singer and musician MICKY DOLENZ for a fun and fascinating look back at "Monkeemania" and his own unlikely journey from 1950's child star ("Circus Boy") to 1960's pop/rock icon. Also, Micky drops in on a "Sgt. Pepper" recording session, makes movies with Jack Nicholson and Frank Zappa and hits the town with fellow "Hollywood Vampires" John Lennon, Keith Moon and Alice Cooper. PLUS: Lon Chaney Jr.! Micky's mom meets "The Creeper"! The Monkees take on "Faust"! Harry Nilsson quits his day job! And Sgt. Bilko sings "Yesterday"!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #27: Steve Cox

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Description: Writer, journalist and pop culture expert STEVE COX is the author of more than twenty books on film and television, including books about Johnny Carson, The Three Stooges, The Addams Family, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, It's a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz. This week, Steve joins Gibert and Frank for a lively (and then some) conversation about Larry Fine's lady-killing, the unappreciated comic timing of Fred Gwynne and "Grandpa" Al Lewis, and Abbott and Costello's influence on Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. PLUS: A Munchkin suicide hoax! Mayor McCheese cleans up! Buddy Hackett enjoys a strawberry malted! And Frank goes to a Stooge funeral!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #26: Frankie Avalon

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Description: Former teen idol Frankie Avalon broke into show business as a child prodigy and was soon receiving 12,000 pieces of fan mail per week and working alongside Hollywood greats Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx and John Wayne. Frankie joined Gilbert and Frank for a look back at his humble beginnings in South Philly, his years as a teen heartthrob and his decades-long friendship with onscreen love interest Annette Funicello. Plus: The Duke makes Laurence Harvey cry! Buster Keaton meets Houdini! "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine"! Dueling Draculas! And Cesar Romero and Arnold Stang hit a strip joint!

Title: Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast #25: Bob Saget

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Description: In one of our more...er..."free-spirited" episodes, Gilbert's old pal BOB SAGET drops by the historic Friars Club to plug his New York Times bestseller "Dirty Daddy" and to look back on his early days in the biz, his 8-year gig as a wholesome sitcom patriarch and his friendships with Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles. Also, Bob starts his own hate society, dreams about Buddy Hackett and Buddy Ebsen and grills Gilbert about his most memorable "casting couch" experiences. PLUS: Sam Kinison as the Messiah! Gilbert as "Weezie" Jefferson! Asian Elvis! Perfecto Telles! And the first joke Bob ever wrote!