Gilbert and Frank chat with one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors and favorite “movie dads,” Paul Dooley (“Breaking Away,” “Sixteen Candles,” “Runaway Bride”) who looks back on everything from tackling the role of Wimpy in Robert Altman’s “Popeye” to creating characters for PBS’ “The Electric Company” to improvising with Alan Arkin and Joan Rivers. Also, Paul performs standup for Jack Paar, understudies for Art Carney and shoots a commercial with Buster Keaton! PLUS: Richard Libertini! Nichols and May! “The Indestructible Man”! Paul does Lionel Barrymore! Gilbert does Walter Matthau! And Paul gets “probed” by aliens!
This week: Charles Laughton chases skirts! Malcolm McDowell chases Jack the Ripper! And Marlon Brando inspires Mike Myers!
This week: Gilbert sings again! Death on the baseball diamond! And Captain von Trapp hunts Jack the Ripper!
Gilbert and Frank ring up one of their favorite character actors, seven-time Emmy winner Ed Asner, to talk about his early days in the business, his seven memorable seasons as the irascible Lou Grant on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and his roles in hugely popular films like “Elf” and Pixar’s “Up.” Also, Ed meets Elvis, co-stars with Edward G. Robinson, beats up Jack Lemmon and lusts after Cloris Leachman. PLUS: Sam Jaffe! Michael Cole! “The Duke” names names! The comic genius of Ted Knight! And Ed dishes dirt on Santa Claus!
This week: Gregory Peck channels Ming the Merciless! Robert De Niro watches (and enjoys) “Problem Child”! And George Segal and Carl Reiner go ape!
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!
This week: Johnny Eck rides a camera crane! Bill Murray knocks over a bank! And Gilbert co-stars with Randy Quaid — and a Rottweiler!
In a rare two-part episode, Gilbert and Frank are joined by not one, but TWO of the actresses to play Catwoman during the run of the classic 1966 “Batman” series, Lee Meriwether and Julie Newmar. First, Lee looks back on her reign as Miss America, impersonates Ed Wynn and threatens (promises?) to discipline Gilbert. Next up, Julie reminisces about working with everyone from Michael Rennie to Chad & Jeremy and favors us with her favorite Catwoman catchphrase. Also, Julie feuds with Jim Belushi, Lee hops a flight with J. Fred Muggs and Buddy Ebsen runs afoul of Shirley Temple. PLUS: “The Eddie Cantor Story”! The return of Billy Barty! Gilbert channels Sydney Greenstreet! And the strange mystery of Cesar Romero and the orange wedges!