British-born singer-songwriter Roger Cook (“Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress”) and Brooklyn-born songwriter-recording artist Henry Gross (“Shannon”) share tales from their seven decades in the music business and talk about playing mob-owned joints, forming doo-wop groups, opening for the Beatles (and Benny Hill!), being inspired by Jimi Hendrix and hearing their songs on the radio for the first time. Also, Casey Kasem blows his cool, George Martin teams with Peter Sellers, Henry becomes the youngest artist to perform at Woodstock and Roger writes a soft drink jingle that becomes a worldwide sensation. PLUS: Sha Na Na! “I Was Kaiser Bill’s Batman”! The comedy of Jackie Vernon! Gary Lewis and the Playboys! Steve Coogan sends up Blue Mink! And Henry and Roger remember the late, great John Prine!
Comedian, musician and multiple Grammy winner “Weird Al” Yankovic returns to the show to talk to Gilbert and Frank about the influence of Mad magazine, the golden age of Top 40 radio, the reclusiveness of Tom Lehrer, the cultural importance of “Word Crimes” and the mystifying longevity of “The Joe Franklin Show.” Also, Little Richard buys a vowel, Al and Coolio bury the hatchet, Jerry Lewis tries to take over “Comic Relief” and Charles Nelson Reilly makes “sweet, sweet love” to a manatee. PLUS: Pat Boone! “The Rutles”! Remembering Frank Jacobs! The wit and wisdom of Shel Silverstein! The rise and fall of Allan Sherman! And Al narrates the Tiny Tim documentary!
In this conclusion of a 2-part episode, Gilbert and Frank chat with Oscar winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino about James Bond homages, iconic superhero themes, incorporating everyday objects into movie soundtracks and the over-the-top pleasures of the Wachowskis’ “Speed Racer.” Also, Bernard Herrmann plays the Theremin, Lily Tomlin (almost) voices Edna Mode, Brad directs a modern-day film classic and Michael reveals the key to his Oscar-winning score for “Up.” PLUS: “Tomorrowland”! The genius of Jerry Goldsmith! Al Hirt meets the Green Hornet! Milton Bradley’s Fireball Island! And Michael recalls his time on “Lost”!
In the first part of a 2-part episode, Oscar-winning writer-director Brad Bird and Oscar-winning composer Michael Giacchino join Gilbert and Frank for an informative and wildly entertaining conversation about their numerous collaborations (“The Incredibles,” “Incredibles 2,” “Ratatouille,” “Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol”) complex action plots, “pre-loved” soundtracks, the demise of movie showplaces and the genius of John Barry and Elmer Bernstein. Also, Peter O’Toole clears his throat, Tom Cruise scales a high-rise, Burt Lancaster swims in an imaginary river and Michael Keaton teases comic book fanatics. PLUS: “The Big Sleep”! “Never Say Never Again”! The lost James L. Brooks musical! Brad co-hosts TCM’s “The Essentials”! And Michael composes a love letter to Henry Mancini, Lalo Schifrin and John Williams!
Gilbert and Frank mark Memorial Day 2021 with this special ENCORE presentation of one of their favorite episodes, featuring producer, broadcaster and World War II veteran Sonny Fox, who discusses his life-changing experience as a prisoner of war, his years as host of the beloved children’s show “Wonderama” and his memories of the notorious quiz show scandals of the 1950s. Also in this episode: Sonny hosts “The $64,000 Challenge,” gets cut from “The Nutty Professor,” takes a stand for Jack Gilford and looks back on his friendship with Robert F. Kennedy. PLUS: Allen Funt! “The Movie Game”! Mickey Rooney holds out! Patty Duke spills the beans! And Jack Klugman steps in for Bogie!