The man with the #1 album in America, the wildly inventive Weird Al Yankovic joins us to talk about everything from the history of novelty records to why he’s forbidden to make eye contact with Prince. Also, Gilbert flashes Marge Simpson, prays to a statue of Red Buttons and loses a part to 3′ 9″ Billy Barty. PLUS: Dueling Crazy Guggenheims! Irving Berlin vs. Mad magazine! “Disco” Art Fleming! And Weird Al’s “Mount Rushmore of Comedy”!
In one of our more…er…”free-spirited” episodes, Gilbert’s old pal BOB SAGET drops by the historic Friars Club to plug his New York Times bestseller “Dirty Daddy” and to look back on his early days in the biz, his 8-year gig as a wholesome sitcom patriarch and his friendships with Rodney Dangerfield and Don Rickles. Also, Bob starts his own hate society, dreams about Buddy Hackett and Buddy Ebsen and grills Gilbert about his most memorable “casting couch” experiences. PLUS: Sam Kinison as the Messiah! Gilbert as “Weezie” Jefferson! Asian Elvis! Perfecto Telles! And the first joke Bob ever wrote!
Gilbert and Frank head to the 2015 Chiller Convention for a rare interview with musician, songwriter and producer Michael Nesmith, who looks back on everything from his mom’s invention of Liquid Paper to his original “Monkees” screen test in October of ’65. Also, Michael talks politics with John Lennon, pens a hit for Linda Ronstadt and remembers (sort of) Lon Chaney Jr. PLUS: Dennis Hopper! Tony Franciosa! The Monkees “sell out”! Roger McGuinn gets spiritual! And Jack Nicholson kills off the Prefab Four!
Gilbert and Frank take a day trip to the New Jersey home of comedian, actor and former Howard Stern sideman Artie Lange to bash “Godfather Part III,” praise their favorite character actors (paging Philip Baker Hall!) and laud the films of Sidney Lumet. Also, Artie disses Tom Cruise, dissects “Goodfellas” and dismisses “Mystery Men.” PLUS: Peter Ustinov! Tom Waits! Black Don Rickles! Charles Nelson Reilly gives batting tips! And Gilbert sings again!
Screenwriter Tracey Jackson and legendary songwriter and actor Paul Williams join Gilbert and Frank at New York’s famed Friars Club to talk about the launch of their new podcast and to cover a wide array of topics, including the “musicality” of comedy, the addiction of fame, and the movies that changed Paul and Tracey’s lives. Also, Paul auditions for The Monkees, Tracey hangs with Hunter S. Thompson and Gilbert “favors” Paul by performing some of his greatest hits. PLUS: John Byner! The Jewish Elvis! Robert Mitchum’s bed! Tracey bootlegs a Paul Williams concert! And the return of Pat McCormick!
This week: “Rowdy” Roddy Piper! “The Last Action Hero”! The “cinema” of Rainier Wolfcastle! And Gilbert and Frank salute the late, great Roger Moore! To listen (and support the podcast) go to www.stitcher.com/premium now!
Emmy-winning writer-producer-actor Phil Rosenthal chats with Gilbert and Frank about a number of compelling topics, including the “sex appeal” of comedians, the vulgarity of network sitcoms, the ingeniousness of “Tootsie” (and “The Swimmer”) and the realism and relatability of “The Honeymooners.” Also, Lucy loses a ring, George Burns nabs an Oscar, Robert Mitchum dons an apron and Phil remembers his dear friend Peter Boyle. PLUS: The artistry of Alan Arkin! The wonder of Walter Matthau! Jerry Lewis plays the big room! Phil hangs with Peter O’Toole! And the most politically incorrect movie ever made!
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This week: In praise of Richard Widmark! In search of Tuesday Weld! Boris Badenov directs! And Gary Cooper turns down “Night of the Hunter”! To listen (and support the podcast) go to www.stitcher.com/premium now!