Gilbert Gottfried

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried talks about his career and about writing his first humor book, Rubber Balls and Liquor. It’s a mix of jokes, memoir, anecdotes, and observational humor. He tells how he landed the one-word role as the voice of the animated Aflac duck (and how he lost that job), and about his now-famous Friars Club performance two weeks after 9/11.


Gilbert Gottfried

Comments [11]


I was all ready to write something angry and indignant, but hearing him (as opposed to reading him) makes me laugh. Like an old dog that's never been properly domesticated and craps all over the floor time and again, it's hard to stay mad at him. Having said that, as with the dog, euthanasia is one possible answer which should be seriously considered.

Apr. 26 2011 11:07 PM
Lewis from NJ

Gilbert sounds just like the older Ubell!

Apr. 26 2011 05:45 PM
Joe from NYC

I find it deeply offensive that people feel the need to so often declare how deeply offended they are. All comedy is mockery, whether of the self or of others. It is not intended to be a sincere statement; it is intended to literally "make light" of otherwise dark situations.

As a listener and contributor to WNYC, I actually bothered to listen to the interview before attempting to comment upon it, unlike the first two "shame on you" responses above. I appreciate a wide range of opinions, even those I don't agree with, and think others might benefit from doing the same.

Keep up the good work, Leonard.

Apr. 26 2011 01:40 PM

Gilbert Gottfried's voice is killing me. I really had to lower the radio when he came on. I'm sorry but what's so funny/informative about this segment?

Apr. 26 2011 12:59 PM
Henry from Manhattan

I personally found Gottfried’s post tsunami comments to be tame, and while I could perhaps debate the timing the jokes, they were funny in that school yard sort of way and not all the surprising from Gottfried’s usual fair. I suppose timing is everything and maybe if the jokes came out a little later, rather than sooner, they would have flown by.

Aflac really overreacted. Gottfried’s voice isn’t even used for the duck in Japan, the japanese probably never would have known or cared about what the comedian voice actor of the American duck said.

Oh, also, we (the media and society) are all overreacting and putting to much importance on Twitter in general.

Apr. 26 2011 12:55 PM
dboy from nyc

Wait a minute! Is this Al and Larry Ubell???

Apr. 26 2011 12:53 PM
jake from nyc

I attended a late-night co-hosts's birthday party (this was in the late 1990s) and Gilbert sat quietly in a corner - I think he was wearing gym shorts. Amazingly, he was not the center of attention.

His recitation of Abbott & Costello meeting Frankenstein and Dracula is classic.

Apr. 26 2011 12:50 PM
Chloe M from New York

I think comedy does a great service in balancing out the seriousness of the world we live in. Sometimes, it might be shocking or insensitive, but it provides a perspective that may save us from the perpetually grim. Maybe Gottfried can explain his remarks or the service he feels he's providing. What I want to know is if he talks to his wife in that stage voice of his!

Apr. 26 2011 12:43 PM

Superconductivity is when a nuclear reactor burns in Japan and a comedian becomes radioactive in New York.

Apr. 26 2011 12:41 PM

It is offensive to host this individual who has mocked victims of natural disasters - earthquake and tsunami. How would his comments/opinions benefit the listeners of NPR?

Apr. 26 2011 12:29 PM

I find it deeply offensive that Gilbert Gottfried is appearing on this broadcast after his appalling and disgraceful comments in connection with Japan's earthquake.

Shame on Leonard Lopate.

Apr. 26 2011 12:25 PM

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