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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.

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast Starburns Audio

    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 3.1K 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.

    Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin Part 1

    Paula Prentiss and Richard Benjamin Part 1

    In the first part of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank talk to celebrated actors and longtime Hollywood couple Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss about their seven-decade careers in front of (and behind) the camera, co-starring in a groundbreaking sitcom, co-hosting "Saturday Night Live," meeting Stan Laurel and Buster Keaton and working with legendary directors Howard Hawks, Mike Nichols and Billy Wilder. Also, Jack Cassidy plays a superhero, Jack Benny exits "The Sunshine Boys," Paula shares the stage with Hope and Crosby and Richard teams Burt Reynolds and Clint Eastwood. PLUS: Uncle Goopy! "Goodbye, Columbus"! Remembering Jim Hutton! Walter Matthau plays the ponies! And Richard and Paula gush over Gilbert's James Mason impression!
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Kevin Pollak

    Kevin Pollak

    Actor, comedian and impressionist Kevin Pollak joins Gilbert and Frank for a frequently hilarious conversation about the legend of Harry Houdini, the cinema of Barry Levinson, joining the cast of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" and sharing the screen with Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Jack Lemmon and Rod Steiger. Also, Steve Martin packs arenas, Walter Matthau hits on Sophia Loren, Don Rickles runs afoul of Joe Pesci and Kevin explains France's affection for Jerry Lewis. PLUS: Anne Bancroft! "Morton & Hayes"! In praise of "Avalon"! Pranking Paul Reiser! Remembering J.T. Walsh! And Kevin wows the boys with impressions of Alan Arkin, Albert Brooks, Peter Falk and Jack Nicholson!
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    • 1 hr 53 min
    Michael Nesmith Encore

    Michael Nesmith Encore

    To celebrate the upcoming Monkees farewell tour, Gilbert and Frank present this classic encore episode from 2015, featuring a rare interview with musician-songwriter-producer Michael Nesmith, who talks about hosting hootenannies, worshipping Bob Dylan, visiting swinging London, nailing his original screen test in October ’65 and his fondness and affection for longtime Monkees fans. Also, Michael pals around with John Lennon, pens a hit for Linda Ronstadt, hits the road with Dennis Hopper and (sort of) remembers working with Lon Chaney Jr. PLUS: "Easy Rider"! "A Face in the Crowd"! The genius of Bob Rafelson! The Monkees sell out! Roger McGuinn gets spiritual! And Jack Nicholson kills off the Prefab Four!
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Griffin Dunne Encore

    Griffin Dunne Encore

    To mark the 40th anniversary of 1981's "An American Werewolf in London," Gilbert and Frank present an encore episode with actor, producer and director Griffin Dunne, who talks about blending horror and comedy, teaming with Martin Scorsese and Sidney Lumet, the cynical cinema of Billy Wilder and the lives (and work) of Joan Didion and Dominick Dunne. Also, Jerry Lewis adapts Gore Vidal, Otto Preminger takes a bad trip, Griffin sneaks onto the set of “Gilligan’s Island” and Tim Burton (almost) directs “After Hours.” PLUS: Howdy Doody! "Who's That Girl"! “The Panic in Needle Park”! The genius of Harry Nilsson! And the artistry of two-time GGACP guest Rick Baker!
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    • 1 hr 32 min
    Richard Donner Encore

    Richard Donner Encore

    In honoring the life and career of late, great producer-director Richard Donner ("Superman," "The Omen," "Lethal Weapon," "The Goonies") Gilbert and Frank present this ENCORE episode from 2018, featuring a fascinating conversation about the importance of on-set teamwork, the eccentricities of Marlon Brando, the singular talent of 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 looks back on directing Hollywood’s greatest character actors. PLUS: "Inside Moves"! Miguelito Loveless! “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”! Celebrating Don Rickles! Gilbert auditions for “Scrooged”! And Richard remembers his friend Christopher Reeve!
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    • 1 hr 34 min
    Billy West Returns Encore

    Billy West Returns Encore

    In this ENCORE presentation of a classic GGACP episode, Gilbert and Frank talk to comedian, voice actor and fan favorite Billy West about bad sight gags, one-joke comedians, post-stroke Stooges, the legend of "Grandpa" Al Lewis, the genius of June Foray and Frank Welker 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: The Mad Russian! Peg Leg Bates! Dueling Peter Lorres! Ren & Stimpy turn 30! The brilliance of Larry Storch! And the triumphant return of the Jackie puppet!
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    • 1 hr 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
3.1K Ratings

3.1K Ratings

tshirtmuseum ,

Great stuff/show suggestion

I love your show btw. Please consider interviewing Ron Hicklin of the Ron Hicklin singers who were a studio group who recording many TV show themes and commercials in the late 60’s and 70’s. Thanks for the memories.

Mwhite212 ,

If you can’t say something nice…..

To the j”fan” who gave 1 star review. Ask yourself: Why would a legendary, workaholic comedian who is constantly on the road suddenly be less visible? Shouldn’t take a great deal of imagination to guess the most likely reason.

Now that that ugliness is behind me, I love this show, and I love Gilbert. I’ve been a fan since the mid-80’s and I still think he’s one of the funniest men to ever live.

Gilbert, if you read this, you’ve given me great joy over the years and it makes me happy that you’ve found joy with your wife and children and this labor of love you and Frank call a podcast. Oh, and go F—k yourself. ;)

Robert Metcalf ,

Robert Metcalf

Gilbert makes me laugh 😂. I remember him on Stern with Artie. Epic comedy moments, all improv. Howard couldn’t keep Gilbert in line but Frank Santopadre does and does it well! Frank with his beautiful voice keeps Gilbert on track which makes the show incredibly entertaining! Gilbert and Frank have tremendous knowledge of old Hollywood, which makes the guests amazed. I’ve listened to about 35 shows so far and I’m hooked. I’m a boomer so this show fits me like a glove 🧤⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review.

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