To celebrate the podcast’s one-year anniversary, Gilbert and Frank round up an all-star cast of their favorite guests — Craig Bierko, Drew Friedman, Tom Leopold, Bill Persky and Paul Shaffer — for a lively, no-holds-barred discussion of a host of essential topics ranging from George Kirby’s drug bust to the rumored love affair between Clark Gable and Andy Devine. Also: Paul plays the”Hogan’s Heroes” theme, Tom obsesses over George Maharis, Craig praises Don Knotts, Drew stalks Brando and Bill babysits Orson Welles. PLUS! Troy Donahue! Jack Palance! Mario Lanza takes his revenge! Brian Wilson meets Jay Silverheels! And the return of Ricky Layne and Velvel!
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!
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!