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A Celebration of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast

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A Celebration of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast

To many people the late Gilbert Gottfried will be remembered either as a shrill voiced outrageously funny comedian with intentionally offensive jokes or as the voice actor of Iago the parrot in Disney’s Aladdin. However, towards the end of his life much of Gottfried’s work output was focused on a podcast alongside his co-host Frank Santopadre.

Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast was an important project for hearing and archiving the unheard stories of Old Hollywood. Many of the episodes were horror related.

His love for (and encyclopaedic knowledge of) the genre was already hinted at earlier in his career. He dressed up as Dracula and did impressions of Colin Clive’s Frankenstein on the Howard Stern Show. Gottfried also hosted USA Up All Night, a showcase of cult horror B movies.

Gilbert Gottfried as Dracula

GGACP gave Gottfried and Santopadre the chance to interview a wealth of guests. They included film actors, directors, composers, critics and historians. Since Gottfried was a major fan of early University monster pictures the podcast episodes tended to delve into these classic films. They even chatted with the grandson of Lon Chaney Jr.

The Lugosi/Karloff film The Black Cat was often brought up in conversations as it was a favourite amongst both of the hosts. Listeners were sometimes gifted with hearing Gilbert perform an impression of Vincent Price in the Tingler. He also delighted in informing guests about the (unverified) rumours that Cesar Romero (the original Joker) had a bizarre orange fetish.

Besides Gilbert’s antics the main draw of the show was its guests. A wide range of them had a background in horror movies. Special effects artists such as Rick Baker and Tom Savini explained the secrets behind their gore makeup.

Amazing Colossal Podcast Rick Baker

Larry Cohen discussed his time making It’s Alive, The Stuff, Q and Maniac Cop. Richard Donner shared anecdotes about his time on sets of The Omen and Scrooged. John Astin, the original Gomez Addams also got his own episode.

A lot of the guests were film veterans aged in their 80s and 90s. The podcast gave them a chance to tell insightful, interesting and funny stories before they were lost to time.

It is also commendable how much research was done before starting the interviews. For example, in the Jessica Walter episode it would have been easy to focus on her recent success with “Archer” and “Arrested Development”. Instead they delved deeper into the work that listeners would be unaware of.

In a media landscape where entertainment journalism has devolved into dumbed down clickbait, GGACP has become an important example for the next generation to follow. As a resource for cult horror film lovers it is invaluable.

Gilbert Gottfried’s tragic passing has shocked fans and comes at a time when many of his podcast guests have also sadly gone. He has left behind a piece of work that manages to be both hilarious and important for archiving the stories of an increasingly forgotten Hollywood.

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