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Gottfried at the Writers Guild of America East Solidarity Rally in Washington Square in 2007
February 28, 1955 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|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
Mr. Peabody in Problem Child
Iago in Aladdin
Digit in Cyberchase
Aflac Duck in the Aflac commercials
Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist known for his trademark comedic persona of speaking in a loud, grating tone of voice and squinting. 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.
Early career (1980–1994)
At age fifteen, Gilbert Gottfried began doing amateur stand-up in New York City and, after a few years, became known around New York as "the comedian's comedian." In 1980, Saturday Night Live was being retooled with a new staff and new comedians; the producers noticed Gottfried and hired him as a cast member. During the 1980–1981 season, Gottfried's persona in SNL sketches was very different from his later characterization: he rarely (if ever) spoke in his trademark screeching, obnoxious voice and never squinted. During his 12-episode stint, he was given very little airtime and seldom used in sketches. Gottfried recalls a low point was having to play a corpse in a sketch about a sports organist hired to play inappropriate music at a funeral. Despite this, he had one recurring character (Leo Waxman, husband to 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 short-lived 1992 TV series The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys and voiced crazed dentist "Dr. Bender" and his son Wendell on the show The Fairly OddParents and the voice of Jerry the Belly Button Elf on Ren and Stimpy. His most prominent voice-over role came in 1992, when he was cast as 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 was the host of the Saturday edition of USA Up All Night for its entire run from 1989 to 1998.
Voice acting, television and films (1999–2001)
Gottfried was a regular guest on the most recent version of Hollywood Squares. He is best remembered for a 1999 episode in which a single round of play took up the entire half-hour. The contestants had each won four stars/squares, leaving Gottfried as the last square available. Because either player could win upon capturing Gottfried's square, they could not win on their competitor's wrong response and had to win it themselves. The contestants alternated agreeing or disagreeing about whether Gottfried was bluffing an answer—and missed six consecutive tries. Five of those times he admonished the contestant with an increasingly incredulous "YOU FOOL!", mimicking Penn Jillette and his partner Teller. The seventh time he and the contestant agreed, and they finally won the square and the game. This segment has been featured on game show blooper programs and is popular on YouTube.
Gottfried has provided the voice of the duck in the AFLAC commercials and Digit in the math-mystery cartoon Cyberchase on PBS Kids GO!, as well as the magical imp Mr. Mxyzptlk on Superman: The Animated Series. He also played a nasty wisecracking criminal genius named "Nick-Nack" who used toys to commit crimes on two episodes of the TV series Superboy (he also co-wrote an issue of the tie-in Superboy: The Comic Book which featured the origin of his character, Nick-Nack). Gottfried has made regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Recent work (2004–present)
In 2004, Comedy Central featured his stand up material for an animated series called Shorties Watchin' Shorties. 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".
Gottfried appeared as Peter's horse in an episode of Family Guy entitled "Boys Do Cry". 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. 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. 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.
In 2013, Gilbert 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. He is also the newest commentator on truTV Presents: World's Dumbest....
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. Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza used Gottfried's monologue as a segment in their 2005 film, The Aristocrats.
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, dismissed Gottfried on March 14, 2011, and announced a casting call for his replacement as the voice of its duck mascot. He was replaced by Daniel McKeague (who did an impression of Gottfried) on April 26, 2011.
- Saturday Night Live: Various sketches (1980–1981)
- Bad Medicine: Tony Sandoval (1985)
- Beverly Hills Cop II: Sidney Bernstein (1987)
- Hot to Trot: Dentist (1988)
- The Adventures of Ford Fairlane: Johnny Crunch (1990)
- Look Who's Talking Too: Joey (1990)
- Superboy: Nick-Nack (1990)
- Problem Child: Mr. Peabody (1990)
- Problem Child 2: Mr. Peabody (1991)
- Night Court (TV series): as Oscar Brown (1991)
- Aladdin: Iago the Parrot (voice) (1992)
- Highway to Hell: Hitler (1992)
- Bonkers: Two-Bits (1993–1995)
- Problem Child (TV series): Mr. Peabody (1993)
- Aladdin: The Return of Jafar: Iago the Parrot (voice) (1994)
- Thumbelina: Berkeley Beetle (voice) (1994)
- Saved By The Bell: Wedding In Las Vegas: Burt Banner (1994)
- Double Dragon (1994)
- Beavis and Butthead: Gus Baker (1994)
- The Ren & Stimpy Show: Jerry the Bellybutton Elf / Porkchop Monster (voice) (1994)
- Duckman: (recurring role) Art DeSalvo (1994–1997)
- Married... With Children: Ship Happens: Part 2 (1995)
- Adventures in Wonderland (TV series) : Mike McNasty (1995)
- Problem Child 3: Junior In Love: Dr. Peabody (1995)
- The Cosby Show patient (1987)
- Bump in the Night: Stink Bug (1995)
- Twisted Tales of Felix the Cat: Additional Characters (1995–1996)
- Aladdin (TV series): Iago the Parrot (1994–1995)
- Aladdin and the King of Thieves: Iago the Parrot (1996)
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?: Roy (1996)
- In the House: Mr. Comstock (1996)
- Superman: The Animated Series: Mr Mxyzptlk (1996–2000)
- Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996)
- Big Bag (Troubles the Cat segment) (1996)
- Def Jam's How to Be a Player (1997)
- Bear in the Big Blue House: Large Possum (voice) (1997)
- Noddy (1998) – Jack Frost in episode: "Jack Frost is Coming to Town"
- Hercules: Cilon (1998)
- Dr. Dolittle: Compulsive Dog (voice) (1998)
- Dilbert TV Series ep. Hunger: Accounting Troll (voice) (1999)
- Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (TV series): As himself in episodes 503 and 506 (1999)
- Clerks: The Animated Series: the voice of Jerry Seinfeld and Patrick Swayze (2000)
- MADtv: special appearance, one episode (1997)
- Timon & Pumbaa: The Woodpecker
- The Fairly Oddparents: Dr. Bender / Wendel (2001–2005)
- Disney's House of Mouse and Mickey's House of Villains: Iago the Parrot
- Kingdom Hearts: Iago the Parrot (2002)
- Kingdom Hearts II: Iago the Parrot (2006)
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Season 3, Episode: Last Laugh: Comic (2003)
- Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events: Duck (2004)
- Celebrity Deathmatch :As himself in episode Gottfried in the Arena
- Cyberchase: Digit and Widget (2002-present)
- The Aristocrats (2005)
- Back by Midnight (2002): Security Guard
- Becker: A plastic surgeon
- Meet Wally Sparks: Harry Karp
- The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: various sketches
- Son of the Beach: Noccus Johnstein in both "Chip's A Goy" and Hamm Stroker's Suck My Blood:(2002)
- VH1's Celebrity Paranormal Project and I Love Toys
- Billy and Mandy Save Christmas: Santa Claus (voice)
- Farce of the Penguins: "I'm Freezing My Nuts Off" Penguin (voice) (2007)
- Family Guy: Peter's Horse (voice)
- My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Rick Platypus (voice)
- El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera: El Cerdo (voice)
- Hannah Montana Season 2 Episode "(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl": Barney Bitman (2008)
- VH1's I Love the New Millennium: 4 Episodes (2008)
- The Emperor's New School 2.season 11 Episodes (12.03.2007)
- The Comedy Central Roast: Bob Saget (2008)
- The Replacements: Himself (2008)
- Back at the Barnyard: Barn Buddy (2008)
- Big & Small: Small (2008)
- Sesame Street (2008)
- Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes (1 hour Showtime Special) (2008) – live stand-up performance in Manhattan, NY. Gottfried promises 'the dirtiest joke ever told'
- The Lindabury Story (2009)
- The View – Horny the Dwarf (Joy's Month in ReView)
- The Weird Al Show: himself
- Pyramid: Himself (Celebrity Guest)
- Hollywood Squares: Himself (Regular)
- Star-ving: Himself (episode "Gilbert's Kid", 2009)
- The Comedy Central Roast: Joan Rivers (2009)
- Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy Himself (2009)
- Back at the Barnyard: Security System (2009)
- Jack and the Beanstalk: Grayson (2010)
- 'Til Death Guest starred as Tommy (2010)
- Stripperland (2010)
- The Comedy Central Roast: David Hasselhoff (2010)
- Robotomy: Tickle Me Psycho (2010)
- The Comedy Central Roast: Donald Trump (2011)
- Law & Order: SVU (2011)
- The Comedy Central Roast: Roseanne Barr (2012)
- The Burn with Jeff Ross (2012)
- Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off (2013)
- Celebrity Wife Swap Episode: "Gilbert Gottfried/Alan Thicke" (2013)
- Beecher Baby Bouncer (2013)
- MAD (2013) - Linkong, Father and Crash
- Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (2014) - Ranginald Bagel
- A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014)
- MTV (1980s)
- Hot Bites (1981)
- Pepsi (1991)
- Pop-Tarts: Voice of the Toaster (1995)
- Aflac: Voice of the Aflac Duck (2000–2011)
- Windows XP: Voice of Clippy (2001)
- Glad (2003)
- Shoedini (2010–present)
- Eastern Automtove Group commercials (2012–present)
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