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Gilbert Gottfried talks with old Hollywood figures for new podcast

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried.

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried.

Gilbert Gottfried is known for being a high-pitched, whiny comedian who leans heavily toward profanity. However, he shows another side of himself with his new project, "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast."

Together with his co-host, Frank Santopadre, Gottfried, 59, interviews old quirky Hollywood figures like Butch Patrick ("The Munsters"), Gianni Russo ("The Godfather") and Larry Storch ("F Troop").

"I was always fascinated with old show business," says Gottfried, who will perform at McGuire's in Bohemia next Saturday. "I get a lot of tweets from listeners saying they are discovering these people for the first time."

The name of the show is a play off the '50s horror movie "The Amazing Colossal Man." But that wasn't Gottfried's first choice.

"We were originally going to call it the 'Before It's Too Late' show," he says, "but I thought it would be harder and harder to get people."

The question is: How does Gottfried temper his act for his guests? "It's very tricky," he says. "For me, toning it down is going from extremely annoying and Jewish to just very much annoying and Jewish."


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