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”!
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).
This week: Bob & Doug McKenzie! “The Last of Sheila”! Mel Brooks raps! And “The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings”!
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).
This week: Edd “Kookie” Byrnes! Gary Lewis & the Playboys! Revisiting Jimmy Webb! And Moms Mabley covers Barry Manilow!
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).
This week: Clu Gulager! Blossom “Grandmama” Rock! Farewell, Sheriff Pepper! And Dick Van Patten plays a vampire dentist!