Manhattan-born Henry Winkler overcame a difficult childhood to carve out a memorable acting career that would see him work with everyone from Gene Kelly to Katherine Hepburn and portray one of TV’s most indelible characters, Arthur “The Fonz” Fonzarelli. Gilbert and Frank dialed up Henry at his L.A. home to talk about his struggles with dyslexia, the genius of a young Robin Williams and Henry’s enduring friendships with Ron Howard and John Ritter. Also: Henry helps discover Marlee Matlin, meets John (and Julian) Lennon and explains the mysterious disappearance of Chuck Cunningham. PLUS: Fonzie parts the Red Sea! Sly Stallone paints his windows black! Henry turns down “Grease”! And Gilbert “sings” the “Lords of Flatbush” theme!
Gilbert and Frank visit the George Burns Room at the historic New York Friars Club, where they’re joined by actor, singer and musician MICKY DOLENZ for a fun and fascinating look back at “Monkeemania” and his own unlikely journey from 1950’s child star (“Circus Boy”) to 1960’s pop/rock icon. Also, Micky drops in on a “Sgt. Pepper” recording session, makes movies with Jack Nicholson and Frank Zappa and hits the town with fellow “Hollywood Vampires” John Lennon, Keith Moon and Alice Cooper. PLUS: Lon Chaney Jr.! Micky’s mom meets “The Creeper”! The Monkees take on “Faust”! Harry Nilsson quits his day job! And Sgt. Bilko sings “Yesterday”!
Writer, journalist and pop culture expert STEVE COX is the author of more than twenty books on film and television, including books about Johnny Carson, The Three Stooges, The Addams Family, I Dream of Jeannie, The Munsters, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Wizard of Oz. This week, Steve joins Gibert and Frank for a lively (and then some) conversation about Larry Fine’s lady-killing, the unappreciated comic timing of Fred Gwynne and “Grandpa” Al Lewis, and Abbott and Costello’s influence on Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David. PLUS: A Munchkin suicide hoax! Mayor McCheese cleans up! Buddy Hackett enjoys a strawberry malted! And Frank goes to a Stooge funeral!
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!
Legendary B-movie king ROGER CORMAN has produced and directed over 400 films, giving early career breaks to actors like Robert De Niro, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Charles Bronson and Dennis Hopper and helping to launch the directing careers of Ron Howard, Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese and Peter Bogdanovich (among others). Gilbert and Frank phoned Roger in his Hollywood home to learn more about his life and fabled career, including where/how he first met longtime friend and collaborator Jack Nicholson, why the Hell’s Angels threatened to murder him AND take him to court, and why “a monster should always be bigger than a leading lady.” Plus: “The Beast with (not quite) a Million Eyes”! Roger experiments with LSD! Peter Lorre messes with Boris Karloff’s head! The “acceptable level of insanity”! And the enduring mystery of “The Terror”!
This week, music producer-turned-filmmaker BRIAN KOPPELMAN (“Rounders,” “Runaway Jury,” “Oceans 13”) joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about everything from signing Tracy Chapman and Eddie Murphy to their very first record deals to working with celebrated actors John Turturro, Martin Landau and John Malkovich. Also, Brian trots out a Gilbert impression, names all four “Sweathogs” and heaps praise on “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.” PLUS: Al Pacino channels Paul Anka! The “Death Wish” muggers make it big! And Ol’ Blue Eyes demands a slice of pie!
This week on “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast,” “Son of Dracula” BELA LUGOSI, JR. reminisces about visiting the set of “Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein” and points out what the film “Ed Wood” got wrong about his famous dad. PLUS: Karloff dances on “The Red Skelton Show”! Lugosi passes up the role of a lifetime! Sara meets the “Son of Gilbert”! And Bela Jr. takes a stand for The Three Stooges! Next, we get into the Halloween spirit by celebrating the lives of two of the screen’s greatest horror icons, Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. First, “Frankenstein’s Daughter” SARA KARLOFF looks back on her father’s most indelible and unforgettable roles, from The Monster to The Mummy to The Grinch, and tells us why her father always referred to this time of year as his “busy season.”
This week on “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast,” Gilbert’s old boss ALAN THICKE joins us for a look back at the late, lamented talkfest “Thicke of the Night” and reminisces about everything from his short-lived disco career to scripting variety specials for Johnny Cash, Bobby Darin and Flip Wilson. Also, Alan and Gilbert swap wives, John Lennon praises commercial jingles and Paul Lynde drives into a ditch! Next up, comedy titans clash as we extend a peace offering to legendary funnyman SHECKY GREENE in the wake of the much-publicized Gilbert-Shecky Friars Club feud! (it was just like the Begin-Sadat summit)