In this installment of “22 Minutes,” 1010 WINS anchor Brigitte Quinn sits down with famed comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
Gottfried discussed his ongoing work as a comedian, his legendary impressions, and his podcast “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!”
BQ: Do you work on a brand new routine or do you bring back some golden oldies?
GG: I’ve got bits so old that people practically sing along with it. Like watching Paul Simon and the whole audience breaks into “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” I’m working on my new “Bonanza” bit. The kids like it.
BQ: One of your first imitations when you were a kid was Dracula, right?
GG: In fact, I remember putting on for my parents a little puppet show production of Dracula where I made the puppets out of paper mache. He gets stabbed with a stake through the heart, and this is great special effects for a little kid. I took an ice cream stick and broke it in half so it had two pointed edges. One I painted red and hid it under his cape and the other rushes at him.
BQ: What was the big break? Was it “Letterman,” or “The Cosby Show,” or “MTV”?
GG: It was funny. What first seemed like it should be a big break, but it wasn’t, I became a cast member of “Saturday Night Live,” but that was right after the original cast left. And they hated us, just the audacity, how dare you do SNL with a different cast? I was fired from that show, first of many… What actually became successful for me is someone saw me at a club, MTV people, and they said come in tomorrow for an audition. And they wound up using the chopped up audition throughout the day, just stuff I improvised.
Watch the full interview with Gottfried above.
About Gilbert Gottfried
As a famed comics comic, Gottfried puts aside political correctness for his live performance and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late night comedy show Saturday Night Live became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. Gottfried’s podcast, “Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast!” journeys back in time with some of the Hollywood icons, legends, and behind the scenes talent who shaped (warped?) his childhood and influenced his unique brand of comedy. He is joined each week by his co-host and late night phone friend, fellow showbiz fanatic, and Comedy Writer Frank Santopadre.
About Brigitte Quinn:
Brigitte anchors mornings at 1010 WINS radio and has worked in broadcasting for more than thirty years. She was a TV anchor at the Fox News Channel, MSNBC and NBC. She holds an MFA in writing from Sarah Lawrence College and a BS from Cornell University. Her first novel, “Anchored” was published in 2015.
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