This week: “Bye Bye Birdie!” The Comedy of Alice Ghostley! The ageless Peter Marshall! And Gil and Frank pay “tribute” to “The Paul Lynde Halloween Special!”
Screenwriters and producers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski return to the podcast to talk about (among other topics) the 25th anniversary of “Ed Wood,” the exuberance of Milos Forman, the bizarro cinema of Rudy Ray Moore and their new Eddie Murphy vehicle, “Dolemite is My Name.” Also, Jim Carrey pranks Danny DeVito, Tim Burton befriends Vincent Price, Ray Walston “replaces” Peter Sellers and Scott and Larry remember the late, great Martin Landau. PLUS: Appreciating Robert Morse! The legacy of William Goldman! Mae West seduces 007! The Marx Brothers meet the Master of Disaster! And Scott and Larry pick their favorite big-screen biopics!
This week: The monster takes a mate! Bela Lugosi’s finest hour! The strange life of Edgar G. Ulmer! And the absurd brilliance of “The Black Cat”!
For their annual Halloween episode, Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy and Oscar-winning makeup master Rick Baker for a compelling conversation about horror hosts, gorilla suits, Aurora model kits, “Famous Monsters of Filmland” and the enduring influence of makeup legends Jack Pierce and Dick Smith. Also, Eddie Murphy ups his game, Milicent Patrick gets her due, Rick transforms Martin Landau into Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee dresses up as…Christopher Lee. PLUS: “The Thing with Two Heads”! In praise of Ray Harryhausen! The ingenuity of Lon Chaney! The guerilla cinema of Larry Cohen! And Rick accepts an Oscar from Vincent Price!
This week: Directed by Roger Corman! The music of Billy Goldenberg! The trials of Colin Clive! Boris Karloff goes bowling! And King Tut inspires “The Mummy”!
Gilbert and Frank chat with Grammy-nominated producer and songwriter Dennis Lambert (“One Tin Soldier,” “Nightshift,” “Ain’t No Woman Like the One I’ve Got”) who talks about working the Catskills as a boy singer, shopping songs in the Brill Building era, producing hit records for the Four Tops and the Righteous Brothers and co-creating the much-maligned Starship hit, “We Built This City.” Also, Neil Diamond hawks holiday tunes, Carole King demos “One Fine Day,” Gilbert “covers” Glen Campbell and Dennis becomes a superstar in the Philippines. PLUS: Freddie and the Dreamers! The artistry of Levi Stubbs! The versatility of Steve Lawrence! “Billy Jack” gets a message from God! And Dennis breaks down the construction of a Top 10 hit!
This week: The flamboyance of Monti Rock! “The “magic” of Uri Geller! Johnny locks horns with “Saturday Night Live”! Mark (finally) lands Doc Severinsen! And Phil discovers the infamous “Jack Frost” sketch!
Emmy-winning comedy writer, food lover and raconteur Phil Rosenthal returns to the podcast for an in-depth conversation about New York-style pizza, celebrity PSAs, “non-ethnic” character actors, the cinema of Stanley Kubrick and the emotional resonance of “The Honeymooners.” Also, Will Ferrell works the men’s room, Peter Boyle turns down “The French Connection,” Brad Garrett salutes The Merchant of Venom and Phil breaks bread with Steve Martin and Carl Reiner. PLUS: Nick Apollo Forte! “Ratatouille”! The timelessness of “Tootsie”! Appreciating Walter Matthau! Gilbert hangs at Larry David’s place! And “Broadway Danny Rose” inspires the Amazing Colossal Podcast!
This week: “Pink Lady and Jeff”! “Misfits of Science”! The follies of Fred Silverman! The humbling of Jackie Gleason! And the shortest-running sketch show of all time!
Actor, writer and cinephile Treat Williams stops by the studio to talk about his 45 years in film, his admiration for Frank Capra and William Wyler, his love of old movie theaters and his memories of working with legendary directors Milos Forman, Sergio Leone and Steven Spielberg. Also, Vincent Price disses Alan Thicke, John Belushi auditions for “Hair,” Gilbert hangs with Katharine Hepburn and Treat cameos in “The Empire Strikes Back”! PLUS: “The Phantom”! Praising Bob Balaban! The mastery of Sidney Lumet! Gene Hackman cuts to the check! And Treat remembers James Cagney, Martin Landau and Orson Welles!
This week: “Heartbeeps!” “Polyester” in Odorama! James Bond plays Inspector Clouseau! Paul Raeburn presents the Justice League! And the boys reveal their favorite westerns (and gangster movies)!
Comedy writer, producer and showrunner Don Reo regales Gilbert and Frank with memorable anecdotes about Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Redd Foxx, Jackie Gleason and Bob Hope and shares behind-the-scenes stories from classic shows like “Rhoda,” “Sanford and Son” and “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.” Also, Groucho takes a phone call, Tom Waits provides inspiration, Robert Altman cuts to the chase and Don joins forces with the legendary Slappy White. PLUS: Phil Spector Week! “The Rifleman” loses his cool! The return of “The Honeymooners”! The comedy stylings of Elton John! And Don remembers the late, great Clarence Clemons!
This week: Harpo speaks! Peter Falk gets hammered! Gary Lewis & the Playboys! The brilliance of “The Black Cat”! And Neil Young teams with the Monkees!