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Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried, a man Stephen King once called “a national treasure,” talks with the show business legends, icons and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy. Along with co-host and fellow pop culture fanatic Frank Santopadre, Gilbert is joined by comics, actors, musicians, talk show hosts, writers and other eyewitnesses to Hollywood history, including Bruce Dern, Chevy Chase, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Adam West, Steve Buscemi, Micky Dolenz, Jim Gaffigan, Judd Apatow and DOZENS more, for a funny, frenetic, fly-on-the-wall look at showbiz then and now (but mostly then.) Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast was named "Best Podcast of 2015" by the Village Voice and one of iTunes' "Best of 2014." It has been featured in Rolling Stone, Wired and the Los Angeles Times.

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    • 4.8 • 82 Ratings

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.

    Alan Menken

    Alan Menken

    Tony, Emmy, Grammy and 8-time Oscar winning composer Alan Menken joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about the marriage of screen music and images, the demise (and resurrection) of movie musicals, the genius of the late, great Howard Ashman, and the "architecture" of songs like "Be Our Guest," "I See the Light," "Part of Your World" and "Somewhere That's Green." Also, Danny DeVito mimics Jimmy Durante, Steve Martin plays a sadistic dentist, Brad Garrett and Jeffrey Tambor perform a "want" song and Alan praises the talents of John Williams, Thomas Newman and Lin-Manuel Miranda. PLUS: "Fantasia"! The comedy of Randy Rainbow! "I'll Do Anything"! Alan wins a Razzie! And Bob Dylan turns down "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head"!
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Richard Masur

    Richard Masur

    Gilbert and Frank talk to Emmy- and Oscar-nominated actor-director Richard Masur about his 6-decade acting career, his years as president of the Screen Actors Guild, his numerous collaborations with mentor Norman Lear and his role in the infamous "Heaven's Gate." Also, Francis Ford Coppola welcomes feedback, Jack Nicholson replaces Mandy Patinkin, John Carpenter remakes "The Thing" and Richard shares drinks (and the screen) with Pat McCormick. PLUS: "Scavenger Hunt!" "Hot l Baltimore"! Remembering Ben Johnson! The wisdom of Robert Preston! And Richard praises co-stars Gene Hackman, Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep!
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    • 1 hr 18 min
    Kliph Nesteroff

    Kliph Nesteroff

    Show business historian and New York Times bestselling author KLIPH NESTEROFF returns to the podcast for an entertaining and (as always) educational discussion about banned cartoons, politically incorrect mascots, the history of Hollywood stereotypes and his new book on Native Americans and comedy, "We Had a Little Real Estate Problem." Also, Buddy Hackett pulls a knife, Howard Hawks disses Rowan & Martin, Peter Sellers sends up Charlie Chan and Frank Sinatra's goons rough up Shecky Greene. PLUS: "Go Go Gophers"! Alan Hale's Lobster Barrel! Allen & Rossi "inspire" Charlie Hill! Jack Carter feuds with Al Jolson! And "F-Troop" rips off a Redd Foxx routine!
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    • 1 hr 38 min
    Amazing Colossal Musical Memories (2014-2020)

    Amazing Colossal Musical Memories (2014-2020)

    Under the creative guidance of audio producer John Murray, Gilbert and Frank discuss and dissect some of the show's best musical moments from 2014-2020, with live performances by Neil Sedaka, Dennis DeYoung, Kenny Loggins, Tommy James, Mark Hudson and Tony Orlando (among others). Also in this episode: Anne Murray covers "Danny's Song," Uncle Junior interprets Yip Harburg, Rupert Holmes (almost) pays tribute to Humphrey Bogart, and Charles Fox composes the soundtrack of 1970s television. PLUS: John Davidson looks ahead! The Shondells go psychedelic! The legend of Morris Levy! Goldie Hawn falls for a Hudson Brother! And the Brill Building sound inspires the British Invasion!
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    • 1 hr 27 min
    In Memoriam 2020

    In Memoriam 2020

    Gilbert and Frank are again joined by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Michael H. Weber for a loving look back at some of the artists and performers who left the stage in 2020, including Carl Reiner, Kirk Douglas, Diana Rigg, Buck Henry, Regis Philbin and Olivia deHavilland. Also in this episode: Sean Connery improvises an iconic line, Fred Silverman makes TV history, Matty Simmons co-founds the National Lampoon and the world bids farewell to Mr. Creosote. PLUS: Burns and Schreiber! Stiller and Meara! The art of Mort Drucker! The genius of Fred Willard! And Gilbert and Frank salute a member of the ACP family!
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    • 1 hr 44 min
    "Deconstructing the Rat Pack" with Rick Lertzman

    "Deconstructing the Rat Pack" with Rick Lertzman

    Entertainment historian and bestselling author RICK LERTZMAN ("The Life and Times of Mickey Rooney") discusses his new book, "Deconstructing the Rat Pack: Joey, the Mob, and the Summit" and joins Gilbert and Frank for a fascinating conversation about the heyday of nightclubs, the glory days of Las Vegas and the cultural impact of Frank, Dean, Sammy, Joey and Peter. Also, Uncle Miltie whips it out (again), Sammy Davis blows through a fortune, Pat McCormick tanks "The Joey Bishop Show" and Jerry Lewis runs afoul of Sam "Momo" Giancana. PLUS: Sheldon Leonard! Louis Prima inspires Ol' Blue Eyes! Don Adams "borrows" from Bob Newhart! Rick hangs with Moe Howard (and Bud Abbott)! And the unknown reason behind Dean and Jerry's split?

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    • 1 hr 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
82 Ratings

82 Ratings

WebbyAintree ,

Griffin Dunne - brilliant episode

As a Brit GG was a bit of a mystery to me previously but this podcast is brilliant. Great guests wonderful anecdotes and GG always there to keep things on the dark side. Unmissable stuff

Llooeerr ,

Amazing

This podcast has introduced me to so much of Hollywood’s yester-year characters and stories, as well as more contemporary figures. Always informative, filthy and hilarious. Occasionally shocking.
Frank will ask the questions you want answers to, Gilbert will ask the questions you really want the answers to but wouldn’t actually ask

PapaSteve1979 ,

Fascinating

A fascinating podcast with vintage guests sharing stories of old Hollywood. The hosts have a genuine enthusiasm for this stuff, but have a tendency to lead their guests from anecdote to anecdote, sometimes almost telling the stories themselves. Perhaps it would be better if the hosts prompted and asked gently probing questions to get their older guests to open up and maybe they’d be surprised and discover something out they hadn’t come across while doing their research. Anyway, I love the attempt, and when this show is flowing it’s a joy.

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