Actor and singer Craig Bierko has appeared in movies (“Cinderella Man,” “The Long Kiss Goodnight”), hit TV series (“Damages,” “Boston Legal”) and Tony-nominated musicals (“The Music Man,” “Guys and Dolls”) and worked alongside comedy icons like Larry David, Bob Newhart and the Zucker Brothers. Craig stopped by Gilbert’s apartment to present Gilbert with a birthday gift, to take a few personal phone calls and to regale Gilbert and Frank with stories and anecdotes featuring everyone from Norman Mailer to Bishop Fulton Sheen. Also, Craig goes toe-to-toe with Russell Crowe, turns down the role of Chandler Bing (!) and takes a bath with John Malkovich. PLUS: Wilford Brimley! David (or Bill) Huddleston! George Harrison sings “Oh! My Pa-Pa”! And the strange death of Parkyakarkus!
This week: Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis race around the globe! Treat Williams cleans up the mean streets of Manhattan! And the “genius” of Bert I. Gordon!
This week: Steve Martin goes dramatic, Lon Chaney Jr. brings classic literature to life and when will Gilbert pick a COMEDY?
Filmmakers and film historians JOAN KRAMER and DAVID HEELEY have won five Emmys for their documentaries about Hollywood legends Fred Astaire, Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Katherine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart, just to name just a few. To coincide with the release of their new book, “In the Company of Legends,” Joan and David joined Gilbert and Frank to talk about their adventures in writing and directing celebrity bios, their struggles to capture their famous subjects on film and the lasting friendships they forged along the way. Also, Richard Dreyfuss deconstructs “Casablanca,” Johnny Carson calls on Cary Grant, Jimmy Stewart takes advice from a Stooge and Kate Hepburn clashes with the King of Pop. PLUS: “Uncle Carl” Laemmle gambles away Universal studios! Lily Tomlin walks off “The Dick Cavett Show”! And the strange mystery of JFK and “Over the Rainbow”!
Brooklyn-born actor and director Steve Buscemi (pronounced “BOO-SEMI”) joins Gilbert and Frank for lunch and laughs at the New York Friars Club and tells us all about his early days as a struggling stand-up, his memories of making modern-day classics like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Miller’s Crossing” and “Fargo” and his memorable on-screen deaths at the hands of everyone from to Vince Vaughn to Roger Daltrey. Also, Steve shares a cab with Gilbert, shares the stage with Andy Kaufman and shares his appreciation for Harvey Keitel and “The Brady Bunch.” PLUS: “Joey Pants”! The madness of Lawrence Tierney! Illya Kuryakin ties the knot! Paul Winchell builds an artificial heart! And Woody Allen meets Carrot Top!
This week: Bad biopics! Neil Simon reboots “Bogart”! Lee Marvin bests Rod Steiger! And Mike Myers borrows from Quincy Jones!
Emmy-nominated writer, producer and comedian Carol Leifer joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about early comedy influences Mickey Katz, Allan Sherman and Vaughn Meader, her salad days at The Comic Strip and Catch a Rising Star and scripting unforgettable “Seinfeld” episodes like “The Rye,” “The Lip Reader” and “The Hamptons” (aka “The Ugly Baby.”) Also, Carol dates Paul Reiser, recognizes Ron Perlman, compliments Barry Levinson and opens for the Chairman of the Board. PLUS: Lenny Schultz! “Cool Hand Luke”! The return of “Dummy in the Window”! Gilbert meets Lorne Michaels! And Carol (sort of) meets Jack Nicholson!
This week: Boss Hogg comes to Brooklyn! Scorsese satirizes SoHo! And the big screen’s first (and last!) Jewish James Bond villain!