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!
This week: Gene Hackman forays into film noir! Henry Fonda brings order to the Old West! And Gilbert remembers classic movie posters! (but not the name of his own podcast).
This week, Gilbert and Frank are joined by Emmy and Grammy-winning comedian, writer and actor Lewis Black. In our first live recording at New York City’s Carolines comedy club, Lewis recounts some of his most personal showbiz war stories, shares his affection for “Sgt. Bilko” and “Amos ‘n’ Andy,” and looks back on the day the Beatles rocked his young world and changed his life. Also, Lewis auditions for Woody Allen, Gilbert loses a part to Dustin Hoffman (!) and Sir Cedric Hardwicke fails to live up to his name. PLUS: David Copperfield! Huntz Hall! “Terror Train”! Gilbert portrays a Spaniard! And Lon Chaney Jr. gets Bela Lugosi’s brain!
This week, Frank recommends the Audrey Hepburn/Cary Grant classic CHARADE while Gilbert…well…does he pick a comedy this time? Also, evil Walter Matthau!