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When Gilbert Gottfried launched his podcast last year, the idea seemed ill-fated: The market for comedian-driven podcasts was well beyond the saturation point, and the riotous stand-up never gave the impression of being much of a conversationalist. Yet Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast, which he co-hosts with comedy writer/straight man Frank Santopadre, is exactly what you want from the medium, passionately exploring a niche subject. The theme, loosely speaking, is the world of old show business, examined through funny, extensive interviews with left-field guests including Butch Patrick (a/k/a Eddie Munster), Roger Corman, Leonard Maltin, and, best of all, Artie Lange. Shorter episodes feature Gottfried and Santopadre sounding off on favorite movies both famous and obscure. Their knowledge runs deep, and Gottfried is a surprisingly generous interviewer, better prepared than many television hosts. Gilbert Gottfried, aesthete: Who knew?

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 13, 2015

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