Outspoken and controversial writer-producer Dan Harmon went from performing improv in his hometown of Milwaukee to creating hit television shows like “Community” and Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty.” Dan joined Gilbert and Frank for a refreshingly candid and revealing conversation about the perils of celebrity, how his various neuroses fuel his creativity and why he chose to launch his own podcast (the wildly popular “Harmontown”) instead of going to therapy. Also: Dan pays “homage” to Bill Cosby, gets canned by Sarah Silverman, creates the never-aired cult show “Heat Vision and Jack” and locks horns with comedy hero-turned-antagonist Chevy Chase. PLUS: “Manimal”! “Misfits of Science”! “The Streisand Effect”! Gilbert hangs with Charlie Sheen! And Dan receives a VERY special delivery! Also, don’t forget — COMMUNITY returns for its SIXTH season on Yahoo! Screen on Tuesday March 17th!
To mark the 50th anniversary of the classic adventure series “Lost in Space,” Gilbert and Frank dial up Will Robinson himself, actor, musician and voice artist Bill Mumy, who shares childhood memories of working with icons Irwin Allen, Brigitte Bardot and Walt Disney and explains why he turned down the role of Eddie Munster. Also, Bill runs afoul of Alfred Hitchcock, stars in three unforgettable “Twilight Zone” episodes and records the novelty song “Fish Heads.” PLUS: “The Great Vegetable Rebellion”! Billy meets Keith Richards! Zorro meets Eva Peron! And Gilbert tangles with the Man of Steel!
One of their favorite funny people, comic, writer and Comedy Central host Dave Attell joins Gilbert and Frank this week to talk about everything from Louis CK’s cult Blaxploitation spoof “Pootie Tang” (featuring Dave in a small role) to Gilbert’s controversial (and costly) tsunami jokes to Danny Kaye’s (alleged) love affair with Sir Laurence Olivier. Also: Dave shares his passion for 70’s-era porn, tells us why he doesn’t consider himself a good actor and helps us dissect classic (and not-so-classic) movies like “Planet of the Apes,” “The Magnificent Seven” and “The Tingler.” PLUS: Tuesday Weld! Pat Morita! Hymie the Robot! The Three Stooges meet “The Dirty Dozen”! And Barbara Hershey becomes Barbara Seagull!
Actor, dancer and singer Ken Berry grew up in a small Midwestern town, admiring the musicals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly and after winning several local talent contests, he found his way into show business and was soon pulling down an impressive (for the time) $90 a week! Gilbert and Frank caught up with Ken at his Hollywood home to ask about his “two years of recess” on the classic sitcom “F-Troop” and his memories of working alongside comedy greats George Burns, Don Rickles, Carol Burnett and a then (mostly) unknown Steve Martin. Also, Ken reminisces about life as a “day player” and tells us why he had the worst stage act in the history of Vegas. PLUS: “My Mother the Car”! “The Ken Berry ‘Wow’ Show”! Helen Hayes eats a cheeseburger! Richard Dreyfuss serenades a goldfish! And Leonard Nimoy covers Harry Belafonte!
Emmy award-winning writer Alan Zweibel started out in show business by peddling jokes to Catskills comics at seven bucks a pop, before a chance meeting with Lorne Michaels led to a staff job on the hottest new show on television, “Saturday Night Live.” Alan joined Gilbert and Frank at the George Burns Room at the Friars Club to talk about the earliest days of SNL, co-creating the groundbreaking “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and collaborating with everyone from Gilda Radner to Rob Reiner to Billy Crystal. Also: Alan heckles Larry David’s act, “borrows from” Paul Simon, turns down “Hollywood Squares” and inspires a classic “Seinfeld” episode. PLUS: Totie Fields! Christopher Lee! The subversiveness of “Duck Soup”! Uncle Miltie gets banned! And Gilbert tries (unsuccessfully) to follow The Beatles!
As a young boy growing up in Queens, New York, Chuck McCann worshipped stars like Stan Laurel, Buster Keaton and Groucho Marx, and within a few years, he would find himself befriending (or working with) all of them. Gilbert and Frank phoned Chuck (one of THEIR childhood heroes) to talk about his unusual and unlikely journey from obsessed fan to celebrated screen, stage and voice performer and beloved kiddie show host. Also: Chuck hitches a ride on Hugh Hefner’s jet, inspires Billy Crystal, writes a part for John Carradine and co-stars in a legendary TV flop. Plus: Hal Roach! Tim Conway! Lionel Barrymore! Chuck and Groucho hawk deodorant! Mae West “works” the docks! And Chuck asks Gilbert for a lollipop
Oscar-nominated actor Gary Busey has been in over 150 movies, working alongside everyone from Barbra Streisand to Steven Seagal. On a recent visit to LA, Gilbert sat down with Gary to talk about his near-death experience, his character “process” and channeling the spirit of Buddy Holly. Also, Gary hosts “Saturday Night Live,” spoons Mel Gibson, jams with Rick Danko and praises Gene Hackman. PLUS: Jack Elam! Jan-Michael Vincent! Rod Steiger eats a sandwich! And Gary tells Gilbert the meaning of life. Also, we apologize for the first minute or so of audio. It sounds rough but it clears up and get MUCH better. You’re not going to want to miss this ep!
Writer, comedian and producer Bob Zmuda has had a busy career, performing, writing and producing comedy specials, co-creating the charity Comic Relief and collaborating with the late (??) great comedian/performance artist Andy Kaufman. Gilbert and Frank rang up Bob at his house in Lake Tahoe to talk about (among other things) his early days as half of the comedy duo Albrecht & Zmuda, his role in bringing the Kaufman biopic “Man on the Moon” to the screen, his controversial new book about Andy’s life, and his theory of how his old friend and collaborator pulled off the greatest hoax in comedy history. Also, Eddie Murphy takes a phone call, Tony Clifton (or was it Jim Carrey?) invades the Playboy mansion and Garth Brooks (almost) portrays Bob on the big screen. PLUS: The ventriloquist team of Dick & Stinky! Andy gets a woody! Larry the Lobster gets a reprieve! Gilbert gets the axe at SNL! And a surprise guest crashes the podcast!