Comedian, TV writer and host of the popular Internet show/podcast “The Best Show,” Tom Scharpling stops by the studio to hold court on a wide range of topics, including the comic genius of Martin Short (and Charles Grodin), the self-importance of Jerry Lewis, the body count of “Death Wish 3” and the forgotten history of “Saturday Night Live.” Also: Jimmie Walker breaks out, Harry Shearer holds out, Tom feuds with Chuck Woolery and Hitler puts a hit out on the Three Stooges. PLUS: Gilbert O’Sullivan! “The Day the Clown Cried”! Alex P. Keaton goes to Japan! Tom meets Lisa Simpson! And the creepiest song ever written!
This week: Naked Walter Matthau! Munchkins gone wild! “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing”! The Alan Ladd story gets a theme song! And the strange death of Professor Backwards!
Renowned Hollywood publicist Dick Guttman talks to Gilbert and Frank about his 60+ years as a Hollywood “flack,” promoting the careers of stars like Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor (among hundreds of others). Also, Dick praises Gene Hackman, pranks James Mason, parties with Marlon Brando and pens a joke for Uncle Miltie. PLUS: “The Sweet Smell of Success”! Harpo speaks! Laurence Olivier hams it up! Cary Grant shares the spotlight! And the greatest year in movie history!
“The Wizard of Odds”! “Don Adams’ Screen Test”! Bouncing Bobby Van! And the rise (and fall) of Allan Sherman!
Gilbert and Frank talk to screen icon and animal activist Tippi Hedren about her absorbing new memoir (“Tippi”), her collaborations with co-stars Marlon Brando and Rod Taylor, her turbulent relationship with Alfred Hitchcock and her fifty-year mission to rescue and protect wild cats. Also, Cary Grant pays a visit, Sean Connery pays a compliment, JFK makes his move and Tippi befriends a raven from “The Birds.” PLUS: “The Harrad Experiment”! The legendary Edith Head! Charlie Chaplin saves the day! Young Gilbert checks out “Marnie”! And the (arguably) most dangerous movie ever made!
Musician and vocalist Howard Kaylan (The Turtles, The Mothers of Invention, Flo & Eddie) joins Gilbert and Frank for a funny, freewheeling discussion of a host of topics, including the virtuosity of Harry Nilsson, the “free love” of the 1960s, the nostalgic appeal of “That Thing You Do!” and the underrated artistry of The Zombies. Also: Howard disses Lulu, parties with Soupy Sales, runs afoul of Jimi Hendrix and meets his personal “Louis Prima.” PLUS: Kate Smith! “Don McNeill’s Breakfast Club!” Donald Fagen buys a suit! John Lennon feuds with Frank Zappa! And the Turtles invade the White House!