“The pressure of being a comedian is being funny,” said Gilbert Gottfried, “but I’ve given that up, so there is no pressure whatsoever.” There are comics and then there are COMICS, guys who defy the edge. Gilbert Gottfried is one the latter.
He once said, “I can’t even find someone for a platonic relationship, much less the kind where someone wants to see me naked.” This dynamo of mirth began his career in 1980 on SNL but didn’t make much of an impact. His biggest and most successful gig was playing the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin. Of this he said, “Well, I play Jews and parrots. Parrots are how I’ve branched out.”
He was on Hollywood Squares and has an infamous video where one game took almost the entire episode. He caused both players to miss six times. For a while, Gilbert voiced the role of the ALFAC duck. But, his making racially insensitive jokes caused him to be canceled. During the Hugh Hefner celebrity roast, he made a 9/11 joke. It caused the audience to react negatively. He won the audience back by telling the old joke ‘the Aristocrats’. It is one of the most brilliant moments in stand up history.
He is also quoted as saying, “Generally I think influence is used as a nice word for plagiarism.”
A former standup comic himself, Gary Murray is sincere in his admiration for Gilbert Gottfried and standup comedy in general. When he isn’t teaching classes for Comedy Guys Defensive Driving, Gary is a dedicated and prolific movie reviewer for Selig Film News.