I'm a comedian, an actor, voice actor and host of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast.

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Mightyjohnjohn2921 karma

You're the next logical person to play Colonel Sanders in the KFC commercials. Has KFC contacted you yet?

MrGilbertGottfried4947 karma

They contacted me to say, "Stop hanging around here unless you're going to buy something."

EarlGreyjoy2633 karma

Will you ever do another roast? Your roast of Bob Saget is probably my favorite that I've ever seen.

MrGilbertGottfried4961 karma

I'll definitely do another roast. Any chance I have to hurt another human being I jump at.

fuckswithducks2631 karma

Thanks for doing an AMA! You've voiced a parrot in Disney's Aladdin, the Aflac duck, a digital bird in Cyberchase, and as a guest on Sesame Street, your character wore a large rubber duck on your head. What do you think makes you so ideal to play bird-related roles?

MrGilbertGottfried4542 karma

Well I did an episode of Family Guy, when I voiced a horse so I'm actually starting to branch out now.

classic_schmosby001805 karma

If you can talk about it, what exactly happened with Aflac and you?

MrGilbertGottfried4456 karma

They fired me, got loads of free publicity. Then hired a sound alike for less money thus bringing closure to a horrible tragedy.

oneanddone_bitches1758 karma

Do you ever annoy yourself?

MrGilbertGottfried3272 karma

CONSTANTLY. That's what I try not to talk to myself.

andr3wbx1716 karma

Have you ever considered narrating porn?

MrGilbertGottfried4029 karma

I did do a thing, you can find it on the internet where I read 50 Shades of Grey. Its not the entire book of course but it's something that gets your horny I'm certain.

snowlovesnow1451 karma

Hey Gilbert, who's the shittiest person you've worked with in the film industry?

MrGilbertGottfried4176 karma

That's a tough one to answer since I hate them all.

Intelligoth1276 karma

Gilbert! I love your rendition of The Aristocrats. Also been a fan of yours since your Lawyer scene in Beverly Hills Cop, and your turn as Iago was brilliant. How much of the Iago dialogue was improvised versus scripted?

MrGilbertGottfried3047 karma

The makers of Aladdin were very open to have me improvise. They gave me a lot of freedom but often they would have to stop and go "Gilbert, this is a family film"

Really_Big_Dummy943 karma

Gilbert, you are famously a cheapskate. Can you tell a humorous story where even you were disgusted at yourself for how cheap you are?

MrGilbertGottfried1447 karma

Oh god, let me think...

The earliest I could remember is when I was a kid and we would go to the music park they'd give you a card with circles in it that they punched out.

If they missed the circle, I would put my finger/thumb where the hole was and got extra rides that way.

Frajer904 karma

Were you surprised by the reaction to your 9/11 joke at the Hugh Hefner roast?

MrGilbertGottfried2175 karma

I wasn't surprised at that, what surprised me was afterwards I did the Aristocrats joke about incest and bestiality. So terrorists, bad - incest and bestiality, good!?

Matthew_rogina693 karma

Gilbert - What did Lorne Michaels say to you at the SNL 40th Anniversary?

MrGilbertGottfried1175 karma

That was a surprise, he came over and said Hello to me. I made some kind of remark "Oh I didn't think you'd want to say hi to me" and he said "Well why not, you're one of the brick in this world.' Which I thought was very nice.

slycon606 karma

Hi Gilbert, I've always loved you on the Howard Stern Show. Your appearances on Stern almost always equaled an instant classic. Can you shed some light on what's going on and why you've been absent for so long on there?

MrGilbertGottfried626 karma

I don't really have an answer one way or another on that one. I certainly enjoyed all my appearances on Stern, but I don't really know.

Necrocomicon587 karma

What was your first paying job?

MrGilbertGottfried1083 karma

Wow, I think it was like in a basement of a church of all things. They were trying to make it into a coffee club. I think I got $7 and then I had a second gig at the same place where it was reduced to $5.

Slyfox60788537 karma

Hi Gilbert, how was your Saved By The Bell experience?

MrGilbertGottfried1295 karma

That was exciting. My character was trying to get Zach and Screech to be male prostitutes. I'm not making this one up.

NittanyJim419 karma

Did you write the lines you had in the "Be Cool About Fire Safety" PSA? Great job in that, by the way...you out-acted Lindsay Lohan!

MrGilbertGottfried1544 karma

That was pretty amazing, I was a fire detector. I can actually say I got to act with Lindsay Lohan. I'm actually the one who got her on drugs to be honest.

SaintLawrence95373 karma

Hi Gilbert.

Were you really thinking about quitting showbiz after your appendix burst or did Howard Stern exaggerate that part?

MrGilbertGottfried659 karma

That's something Stern likes to say, as long as they keep paying me to be in show business, I'm sticking with it.

DeepDee349 karma

Is your voice natural or are you pulling a long con?

MrGilbertGottfried1493 karma

I'm pulling something but it's not a con.

Lardarius347 karma

Gilbert, can you reiterate the lessons learned from Artie Lange about producing a DVD?

MrGilbertGottfried410 karma

(Laughs) I'm still trying to decipher what he was saying to me!

tido14333 karma

Have you recovered from the cold shoulder you received from Beetlejuice on the Stern Show? Was it actually goo fah you? It certainly didn't seem goo fah him.

MrGilbertGottfried399 karma

I'm still pretty heartbroken about it but I haven't given up on him.

Sarahsays1309 karma

What was your experience like on the Celebrity Apprentice (...and would you vote for Donald Trump)?

MrGilbertGottfried803 karma

My experience on celebrity apprentice it was much harder work than I thought it should be. I didn't get into this business to work for a living. I would definitely vote for him if he could assure me I'd have a separate bedroom at the White House.

Jeeonta289 karma

Food fight at the restaurant in Problem Child 2, how fun was it?

MrGilbertGottfried665 karma

The pizza I was getting hit with. The pizza crust was made of a hard rubber. It was like getting hit with a boot.

tido14244 karma

I've been a Stern fan since he started syndicating in Memphis in the mid 90's and have since gone back to the archives many times. Your sitting in on the news was incredibly funny. Bindi!!!! Now that I've listened to your podcast, and heard your side of the story through the appearances you've had on Artie Lange's podcast, I feel like the messages from you and the Stern camp are quite striking. For example, it was claimed on the Wrap Up Show the other day that you weren't on purely due to scheduling reasons.

Can you elaborate on what happened, and perhaps speculate on why you think you aren't invited on anymore?

You're hilarious. Goo fah you and goo fah me!

MrGilbertGottfried249 karma

I can't figure that one out myself what's going on. But I guess I'll book myself Crazy Jim and Captain Bob for the Morning Zoo instead.

SaintLawrence95221 karma

Well hello derr, Gilbert!

Which appearance on the Howard Stern show do you remember most vividly?

MrGilbertGottfried441 karma

Oh god there's so many of them. I remember one time they made me up and dressed me as Dracula and sent me out on the street to ask black people if they thought OJ was guilty. It was frightening at times, not gonna lie. The reactions were any way someone would act if someone asked them about the OJ Simpson trial.

ikkasikka221 karma

Funniest experience from filming Problem Child?

MrGilbertGottfried750 karma

There were, well a lot of times...most of the time when you are dealing with children in movies. With all actors they have stand-ins, so that the actor doesn't have to be in each shot.

Usually with kids, they use a midget as a stand-in. I wasn't aware of this until a scene opened and there was a group of nuns and a midget walked out where the Problem Child was supposed to be. It was like a Fellini film.

ThreeOranges211 karma

I was a huge Night Court fan. What was it like when you did your episodes? Any stories or memories from that? Did you get to touch Markie Post?

MrGilbertGottfried329 karma

I did touch Markie Post and that's when they stopped using me. I touched Markie Post but not as much as I touched Harry Anderson.

suaveitguy206 karma

Did the podcast escalate faster than you expected? It seemed like a hit out of the gate, and must take a pile of time you didn't anticipate?

MrGilbertGottfried314 karma

I never anticipated that anybody would ever listen to the podcast, that's why it's still a shock to me about how much they love it.

cheetahlip183 karma

Used to watch you on USA Up All Night....did you ever have relations with Rhonda Shear?

MrGilbertGottfried270 karma


GWARscientist178 karma

Rank your top 5 monster flicks of all time?

MrGilbertGottfried368 karma

Oh that's a tough one. Let's see, Frankenstein. Bride of Frankenstein, Wolfman, Dracula and Abbott & Costello meet Frankenstein.

lazyblogger914168 karma

What would advice would you give to aspiring comedians?

MrGilbertGottfried722 karma

Watch everything I do and then do the opposite.

collage_dropout152 karma

Hi Gilbert,

What's your favorite character you've played?

Enjoy my crappy collage!

MrGilbertGottfried286 karma

Whichever is the most current and which ever one they're currently paying me for.

TooBuyFor149 karma

When are you going to host a remake of USA Up All Night?

MrGilbertGottfried153 karma

That would be good, certainly. But God knows. I haven't heard of any talk about it, I dont know if the world is clamoring for it.

Maddie_N119 karma

Did you get to meet Robin Williams when you were working on Aladdin together? What's your favorite memory of him?

MrGilbertGottfried337 karma

It's funny. I hear loads of stories when Robin Williams and Gilbert Gottfried were together what craziness was going on. But I never ran into him once while making the movie. I got on stage a number of times to improvise. The times we were onstage together were invigorating and exhausting at the same time.

AlmostTheNewestDad116 karma

Hi Gilbert. Big, big fan.

The evening of the roast. The aristocrats. Were you sure that joke would work, or were you nervous as you decided to let it rip?

Also, what is the most memorable evening of stand up from your career? Either when you performed, or perhaps another comedian?

Thanks for stopping by today. I love you.

MrGilbertGottfried332 karma

At that point after the 9/11 joke. I lost the joke so badly that I figure I had nothing further to lose with the Aristocrats.

CrashC2121116 karma

Do you go out drinking with the kid from Problem Child?

MrGilbertGottfried568 karma

With the kid from Problem Child, I don't believe in drinking with him so we just go out and get crystal meth.

Necrocomicon107 karma

Was there anything you liked about being on SNL?

MrGilbertGottfried368 karma

Uh no. It was right as the original cast and crew left. It was like in the Beatlemania, if you replaced John, Paul, George and Ringo with 4 other schmucks.

rynpaige90 karma

Watching you try to drive a car on Celebrity Wife Swap was pretty funny....ever figure it out?

MrGilbertGottfried181 karma

Uh no, there's still a lawsuit having to do with that one.

suaveitguy84 karma

What is Paul Shaffer doing with himself these days?

MrGilbertGottfried290 karma

I dont know the last I saw of him he was going into a room with a dirty magazine and locking the door.

klamonic182 karma

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

MrGilbertGottfried311 karma

The guy who sold rolls down the street.

FuckYourFakeness80 karma

Hey buddy! What of all your work would people not know about that you think people SHOULD know about?

MrGilbertGottfried199 karma

Nobody seems to have seen Problem Child 3 which was made for TV, not that they really should. But that bugs me.

Mama__Murphy77 karma

What do you have for breakfast?

MrGilbertGottfried274 karma

(chuckle) I think that's a sensitive question and I don't feel that this is the platform to answer it.

captainwaller64 karma

What is something you do regularly that would surprise people?

MrGilbertGottfried207 karma

Ballet. I'm quite graceful.

myhappylittletrees62 karma

Hello! I'm insanely curious what your voice sounded like as a child. Has it always been so.................................unique?

MrGilbertGottfried207 karma

Uh when I was 2 years old this is what my voice sounded like, but it was a lot more gravelly.

time2die57 karma

How come when George Takei was on your podcast when discussing "Never So Few" you only asked him about Frank Sinatra but omitted any questions about Steve McQueen?

MrGilbertGottfried148 karma

Well, one day I'll reveal my days with Steve McQueen and what caused the split it, but I'm not strong enough to do it now.

TuckRaker56 karma

I remember your classic appearance on the Bill Cosby Show. Any thoughts on the Cosby situation? Are you guys friends? You're hilarious by the way. Always the best part of the Celebrity Roasts.

MrGilbertGottfried210 karma

Um. What situation are we talking about here? Did anything happen with him?

amphorbian48 karma

Gilbert, have you hooked up with Alan Thicke's wife again?

MrGilbertGottfried125 karma

Yes we've hooked a number of time in a motel somewhere in Jersey, I think right by the airport.

MrGilbertGottfried90 karma

Yes we've hooked a number of time in a motel somewhere in Jersey, I think right by the airport.

time2die34 karma

With your fondness for classic horror are you also a fan of Italian horror like Fulci, Bava, Argento, etc? Modern horror at all?

MrGilbertGottfried55 karma

I just on my podcast, I recommended Dr. Butcher M.D. (Medical Deviant), it was directed by a guy who called himself Al Martin. But his real name is Alluncio Martinelli or something like that.

ibejustaman29 karma

When will the Jackie "the jokeman" Martling episode of the podcast air?

MrGilbertGottfried45 karma

Im usually the last one to know, usually when it's towards the end of the week I find out. I have nothing to do when it actually airs. Probably March 7th.

Noobity19 karma

Hello Mr. Gottfried!

I appreciate you taking your time to do this AMA. I was wondering if there was anyone still living that you miss, that maybe you haven't kept in touch with as well as you may have wanted to.

I'm also curious if you had any dodged bullets? Or anything you turned down that you regretted in hindsight.

Good luck in the future, you bring a lot of joy to many people, myself included, so thank you very much!

MrGilbertGottfried41 karma

I regret just about every decision I've ever made in my career or in my life. So that's an easy one.

kdk12k2k1211 karma

Hey Gilbert. Thanks for doing an AMA. Nice to see you here.

I know a lot of us have been familiar with you since Aladdin and for me, also since the Are You Afraid of the Dark episode The Tale of Station 109.1. You seem to truly enjoy showbiz, through the highs and lows of it. (And we’ve enjoyed your performances for years.) I ask this question semi-often but I still feel it’s worth it to hear an actor’s opinion, is there anything via comedy or film that you want to do that you haven’t done yet? What would you say has been the hardest part about doing comedy and being an actor, either voice over or live-action?

MrGilbertGottfried26 karma

The hardest thing about doing comedy and being an actor is that when I act in a dramatic scene is when I get the biggest laughs.

I_Lase_You4 karma

Hi Gilbert ! The last time you were here I made you a lase of you and Dara. Not sure if you saw it, so here it is again. (See here)

Now for the question: I can no longer eat orange wedges because of you. Does that make you happy?

MrGilbertGottfried10 karma

You should never eat orange wedges. The correct procedure is to have them flung at your naked ass.

Really_Big_Dummy4 karma

Gilbert, got any PAT COOPER stories?

MrGilbertGottfried8 karma

I have one, but I can't say it right now. It insults another person so I don't want to mention here.

Matthew_rogina3 karma

Gilbert - Have you considered doing a remake of the Day the Clown Cried?

MrGilbertGottfried12 karma

No, not. Ill be too busy with my "Schindler's List" remake.

PrussianBleu2 karma

Did you actually film the Eat24 commercial with Snoop Dogg or were you two just edited together?

I laugh at that commercial every time!

MrGilbertGottfried4 karma

I had a great time working with Snoop, just walking down the hallway past his room you'd get a contact high.

bozzltov2 karma

How fun was Are You Afraid of the Dark? I love that creepy voice you did as the radio host in that episode.

MrGilbertGottfried4 karma

Yea the creepy voice, if you're not talking about my own. Was an imitation of actor James Mason.

suaveitguy2 karma

Would you ever interview Russ Tamblyn or Felix Silla?

MrGilbertGottfried2 karma

Uh sure, Russ Tamblyn is someone I have definitely thought about.

opesterthejokester2 karma

What's your opinion on Jim Norton? I think you were on Opie and Jim a few months back.

MrGilbertGottfried5 karma

He was telling me things about his childhood and I can honestly say I was shocked. He talked about a game he had as a child. It was called Monster Rain. It wasn't like Frankenstein or Dracula, it was much, much more disgusting.

RealVanossGaming2 karma

What has been the funniest moment on set?

MrGilbertGottfried4 karma

Hasn't happened yet!