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Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried
Gottfried at the Writers Guild of America East Solidarity Rally in Washington Square on November 27, 2007
Born (1955-02-28) February 28, 1955 [1]
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Medium Stand-up, film, television
Years active 1980–present
Genres Satire, crude humor, blue comedy, improvisational comedy, black comedy, insult comedy
Subject(s) Religion, race relations, racism, pop culture, sex
Spouse Dara Kravitz (2007–present)
Notable works and roles Saturday Night Live
Comedy Central Roasts
Host of USA Up All Night
Igor Peabody in Problem Child and Problem Child 2
Iago in Aladdin
Digit in Cyberchase
Aflac Duck in the Aflac commercials
Website http://www.gilbertgottfried.com

Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin and Digit in the children's cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase. Gottfried was also the voice of the Aflac Duck until 2011. He has hosted a weekly podcast featuring an interview, usually with a different comedy writer or comedian each week, since May 2014.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Early career (1980–1994) 2.1
    • Voice acting, television and films (1999–present) 2.2
  • Personal life 3
  • Controversy 4
    • September 11 joke 4.1
    • Japanese tsunami jokes 4.2
  • Filmography 5
  • Commercials 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

Gottfried was born on February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York. He was raised in a Jewish family and describes himself as Jewish.[2][3][4][5][6]

Career

Early career (1980–1994)

At age 15, Gottfried began doing amateur stand-up in Denny Dillon's Pinky Waxman on the recurring talk show sketch, "What's It All About?") and two celebrity impersonations: David A. Stockman and controversial film director Roman Polanski.

Although not a regular, he also appeared in The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys, as well as voicing the crazed dentist Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in The Fairly OddParents and the voice of Jerry the Belly Button Elf on Ren and Stimpy. Three of his most prominent roles came in 1990, 1991, and 1992, when he was cast as the adoption agent Igor Peabody in Problem Child and Problem Child 2 and the parrot Iago in Aladdin. When asked how he prepared for the role, Gottfried said, "I did the whole DeNiro thing. I moved to South America! I lived in the trees!" Gottfried reprised the role in Aladdin: The Return of Jafar, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, the television series and various related media, such as Kingdom Hearts and House of Mouse. Gottfried also voiced Berkely Beetle in 1994's Thumblina.

Gottfried was the host of the Saturday edition of USA Up All Night for its entire run from 1989-1998.

Voice acting, television and films (1999–present)

Gottfried at the 1991 Emmy Awards

On the most recent version of Hollywood Squares, Gottfried was a regular guest.

Gottfried has provided the voice of the duck in the Aflac commercials and Digit in Cyberchase, as well as Mr. Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series. He also voiced a nasty wisecracking criminal genius named Nick-Nack in two episodes of Superboy (he also co-wrote an issue of Superboy: The Comic Book, which featured Nick-Nack's origin). On The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Gottfried has made regular appearances.

In 2004, Comedy Central featured Gottfried's stand-up material for Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[8] Gottfried was part of an online advertising campaign for Microsoft's Office XP software, showing, in a series of Flash-animated cartoons, that the Clippy office assistant would be removed. In 2006, Gottfried topped the Boston Phoenix's tongue-in-cheek list of the world's 100 Unsexiest Men. In April 2006, Gottfried performed with the University of Pennsylvania's Mask and Wig Club in their annual Intercollegiate Comedy Festival. Also in 2006, he made an appearance on the Let's Make a Deal portion of Gameshow Marathon (as a baby in a large high chair, he says "Hey Ricki, I think I need my diaper changed!"), and in the Dodge Viper in the big deal (where he tells the contestants "What were you thinking?!" because neither one picked it). He also guest-starred in The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy as Santa Claus in the one-hour Christmas Special. He voiced Rick Platypus in an episode of My Gym Partner's a Monkey entitled "That Darn Platypus".

He appeared as Peter's horse in an episode of Family Guy entitled "Boys Do Cry" (in which Peter Griffin is enthused to learn that Gottfried is providing the horse's voice). He also guest-starred in Hannah Montana as Barny Bittmen. In January 2009, Gottfried worked again with David Faustino for an episode of Faustino's show Star-ving.[9] In 2011, Gottfried appeared in the episode "Lost Traveler" on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Leo Gerber, a sarcastic computer professional working for the NYPD's Technical Assistance Response Unit, which producer Warren Leight said could become a recurring character.[10] Gottfried read a section from the hit book Fifty Shades of Grey in a June 2012 YouTube video, which was created with the aim of using Gottfried's trademark voice to make fun of the book's graphic sexual content.[11]

In 2013, Gottfried became a member of "Team Rachael" on the second season of Food Network's Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. In March 2013 he appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap. He swapped wives with Alan Thicke.[12] He is also a commentator on truTV Presents: World's Dumbest....

On May 28, 2014, Sideshow Network premiered "Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast," an interview series featuring "Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents who shaped his childhood and influenced his comedy."[13] His first guest was Dick Cavett. Comedy writer and producer Frank Santopadre is a co-host on the podcast.

Gottfried was the third contestant fired during the seventh season of the NBC reality show The Celebrity Apprentice.

Personal life

In the late 1990s, Gottfried met Dara Kravitz at a Grammy Awards party. In 2007, they married. They have two children together, daughter Lily and son Max.[14]

Controversy

September 11 joke

During his monologue at a Friars Club roast of Hugh Hefner three weeks after the September 11 attacks, Gottfried joked that he had intended to catch a plane, but could not get a direct flight because "they said they have to stop at the Empire State Building first." This was one of the first public examples of 9/11 humor. Audience members responded with hisses and a cry of "Too soon!" Gottfried then abandoned his prepared remarks and launched into the venerable Aristocrats joke, winning back the audience.[15] Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza used Gottfried's monologue as a segment in their 2005 film The Aristocrats.[16] The joke has since been removed from circulation and very few, if any, copies of it are available anywhere on the Internet.

Japanese tsunami jokes

In March 2011, Gottfried made jokes on his Twitter account about the earthquake disaster in Japan. Aflac, which does 75% of its business in Japan, responded by dismissing Gottfried on March 14, 2011, and announced a casting call for his replacement as the voice of its duck mascot.[17] He was replaced by Daniel McKeague (who did an impression of Gottfried) on April 26, 2011.[18]

Filmography

Commercials

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