Marx Brothers fanatics Gilbert and Frank sit down for a fascinating conversation with Groucho’s personal assistant and archivist (and author of the memoir, “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House”) Steve Stoliar, who shares fond memories of the man himself, as well as brothers Gummo, Zeppo and famous houseguests George Burns, Liza Minnelli and Mae West. Also, Marvin Hamlisch grouses, Groucho takes in an Alice Cooper concert, Zeppo heads south of the border and Steve rescues “Animal Crackers.” PLUS: Claude Rains! S.J. Perelman! The “Israeli Chico Marx”! Bob Hope roasts Danny Thomas! And Erin Fleming turns down Woody Allen!
Former teen idol Frankie Avalon broke into show business as a child prodigy and was soon receiving 12,000 pieces of fan mail per week and working alongside Hollywood greats Jack Benny, Jackie Gleason, Lucille Ball, Groucho Marx and John Wayne. Frankie joined Gilbert and Frank for a look back at his humble beginnings in South Philly, his years as a teen heartthrob and his decades-long friendship with onscreen love interest Annette Funicello. Plus: The Duke makes Laurence Harvey cry! Buster Keaton meets Houdini! “Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine”! Dueling Draculas! And Cesar Romero and Arnold Stang hit a strip joint!
In a special live episode recorded at Caroline’s on Broadway (in association with the 2015 New York Comedy Festival), Gilbert and Frank are joined (once again) by comedian and actor Artie Lange, who holds court on a host of topics, including his tumultuous stint at “Mad-TV,” his love of Woody Allen’s “Take the Money and Run” and his grandfather’s fondness for “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”
Also, Tom Cruise loses his cool, Jack Benny bests George Burns, Bill Cosby tutors young “talent” and Gilbert and Howard Stern share a scene from a spaghetti western. PLUS: Lee Marvin gets busted! Sammy Davis sheds a tear! Artie channels Robert Shaw! Johnny Carson roasts Redd Foxx! And the return of Ray J. Johnson, Jr!
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Gilbert and Frank sit down for a memorable (and rare) interview with comedian, actor, writer and original “Saturday Night Live” cast member Chevy Chase, who reminisces about co-stars Dan Aykroyd, Randy Quaid and Rodney Dangerfield and reveals why he turned down iconic roles in “Animal House,” “Ghostbusters,” “American Beauty” and “Forrest Gump.” Also, Chevy reprimands Desi Arnaz, roughs it up with Bill Murray, rides a roller coaster with Eddie Bracken and runs afoul of Cary Grant. PLUS: Sid Caesar’s strange superstition! The Land Shark strikes again! “Planet of the Cheap Special Effects”! Gilbert covers Barry Manilow! And the mystery of the Munchkin suicide!
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This week, Gilbert and Frank travel to Littlefield’s in Brooklyn for a live, Super Week/NY Comic Con-themed episode with comic and radio host Jim Norton, who holds court on topics ranging from his friendship with Sherman (George Jefferson) Hemsley to his love of Jack Klugman to his admiration for “Midnight Cowboy” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Also, the boys break down celebrity conspiracy theories, sing the praises of actor Frank McRae and compare Louis CK’s first sitcom to the groundbreaking shows of Norman Lear. PLUS: Moms Mabley! Iron Balls McGinty! Sammy Davis plugs “Skidoo”! Paul Lynde disses KISS! And Gilbert stakes out the Playboy mansion!