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Gilbert Gottfried
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Gottfried in 2020
Birth nameGilbert Jeremy Gottfried
Born(1955-02-28)February 28, 1955
New York City, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 2022(2022-04-12) (aged 67)
New York City, U.S.
Resting placeWestchester Hills Cemetery
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television
Years active1970–2022
Genres
Subject(s)
  • Religion
  • race relations
  • racism
  • popular culture
  • sex
  • cinema
Spouse
Dara Kravitz
(m. 2007)
Children2
Relative(s)Arlene Gottfried (sister)
Websitegilbertgottfried.com

Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried (February 28, 1955 – April 12, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian and actor known for his exaggerated shrill voice, strong New York accent, and his edgy sense of humor.[1] His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the scarlet macaw Iago in the Aladdin animated films and series, Digit LeBoid in Cyberchase, Kraang Subprime in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the Aflac Duck. He was also known for his role as Mr. Peabody in the Problem Child film series.

Gottfried hosted the podcast Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast (2014–2022), which featured discussions of classic movies and celebrity interviews, most often with veteran actors, comedians, musicians, and comedy writers. The documentary Gilbert (2017) explored his life and career; it won the Special Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2017 deadCENTER Film Festival.[2]

Early life[edit]

Gilbert Jeremy Gottfried was born on February 28, 1955, in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York City,[3] the son of homemaker Lillian Zimmerman and hardware store owner Max Gottfried. His father and grandfather ran the store, above which the family lived.[4] He was raised in a Jewish family but later said of his unusual upbringing, "I ate pork. We weren't that aware of the holidays or anything like that, but were aware of being Jewish. It's like I kind of knew that even though I was never bar mitzvahed and we didn't follow the holidays, I knew that if the Nazis came back, I'd be in the same train coach with everyone else."[5] He was the younger brother of Karen and photographer Arlene Gottfried (1950–2017).[6] From Coney Island, the family moved to Brooklyn's Crown Heights, followed by Borough Park.[7]

Career[edit]

Gottfried's first routine on stage was at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, during one of its Hootenanny Night events, when he was fifteen.[8] His two sisters accompanied him, having thought the performances their brother did for the family were good enough for the stage and encouraged Gottfried to try it out.[9] His early routines focused on impressions of old time actors and celebrities, including Boris Karloff and Humphrey Bogart.[7][10] From there he worked the local comedy circuit and became known in the area as a "comedian's comedian",[11] and started to perform edgier material when he got bored of his usual routines. One such incident occurred when Gottfried opened for singer Belinda Carlisle, which was attended by younger girls and their mothers: "I tried doing my regular act for about five minutes, then I just launched into the filthiest stuff I could think of. And the next day, I got a call from my agent saying 'Everybody there loved you', which is show business talk for, 'You're fired.'[7]

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 for season 6.[12][13] Gottfried's persona during SNL sketches was very different from his later characterization: he rarely spoke in his trademark obnoxiously screeching voice and never squinted. During his 12-episode stint, he was seldom used in sketches. Gottfried recalled that a low point was having to play a corpse in a sketch about a sports organist hired to play inappropriate music at a funeral. He did have 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 Roman Polanski.[14]

Gottfried in 1991

In April 1987, Gottfried headlined a half-hour comedy special that aired as part of the Cinemax Comedy Experiment series. It was followed by the sitcom pilot Norman's Corner, co-written by Larry David prior to creating Seinfeld, which saw Gottfried as the titular character.[15] Gottfried played accountant Sidney Bernstein in the 1987 film Beverly Hills Cop II, in which he reunited with friend and fellow SNL alumnus Eddie Murphy.[16] Also in 1987, Gottfried made his debut appearance on The Howard Stern Show. He went on to make numerous appearances on the radio show over the next 25 years.[15]

Although not a regular, Gottfried appeared in The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys, as well as 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 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. However, the character was ultimately recast to Alan Tudyk for the 2019 remake. He also voiced Berkeley Beetle in 1994's Thumbelina. He was the host of the Saturday edition of USA Up All Night for its entire run from 1989 to 1998.[17][18]

Gottfried was a recurring guest star during the Tom Bergeron era of The Hollywood Squares and became the center of attention in a bizarre episode that aired October 1, 1999. In this episode, the two contestants made nine consecutive incorrect guesses, six of which were to be game-deciding questions asked to Gottfried. Magician Penn Jillette, who was a guest alongside his magic partner Teller on the same episode, berated a contestant earlier for giving an incorrect guess by shouting, "You fool!" Gottfried himself then began to use the phrase, with most of the other stars (including Bergeron himself) eventually joining in with every successive wrong guess, beginning with the second question he was asked. As a consequence, it took the episode's entire half hour to play only one game. Appropriately, the episode became known as the "You Fool!" episode.[19][20] Gottfried was temporarily fired from Hollywood Squares after this incident returning about a month later.[9]

Gottfried provided the voice of the duck in the Aflac commercials and Digit in Cyberchase, as well as the crazed dentist Dr. Bender and his son Wendell in The Fairly OddParents, and Mister Mxyzptlk (pronounced "Mikz-yez-pit-lik") in Superman: The Animated Series. He reprised his role as Mxyzptlk in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Justice League Action, and Lego DC Super-Villains. He also played a nasty wisecracking criminal genius named Nick Knack in two episodes of Superboy (he also co-wrote an issue of Superboy: The Comic Book, which featured Nick Knack's origin). Gottfried made regular appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[21][22]

Gottfried at the Writers Guild of America East Solidarity Rally in November 2007

In 2004, Comedy Central featured Gottfried's stand-up material for Shorties Watchin' Shorties.[23] 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".[24][25]

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.[26] In 2011, Gottfried appeared in the episode "Lost Traveller" 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.[27] 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.[28]

In 2011, Gottfried published his only book, Rubber Balls and Liquor.[15]

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 that year he appeared on ABC's Celebrity Wife Swap. He swapped wives with Alan Thicke.[29] He was also a commentator on truTV Presents: World's Dumbest....[30][31]

Gottfried in 2016

On May 28, 2014, Sideshow Network premiered Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, an interview series where Gottfried and his co-host Frank Santopadre discussed classic movies and talk to "Hollywood legends and behind-the-scenes talents" who shaped Gottfried's childhood and influenced his comedy.[32] His first guest was Dick Cavett.[33] His final guest was Brenda Vaccaro, in a two part episode released on April 25 and May 2, 2022.[34] Gottfried would be hospitalised a few hours after the episode's recording.[35] The fate of the podcast is uncertain at this time, following Gottfried's death.

Gottfried was the third contestant fired during the fourteenth season of the NBC reality show The Celebrity Apprentice. In 2016 he played the 'Pig Man' in a comedy/fantasy film Abnormal Attraction.[36]

In 2017 he appeared as himself in Episodes, where a contestant on a fictional TV endurance game show is penalized with "48 hours of Gilbert Gottfried".[37]

On June 10, 2018, Gottfried appeared in a special segment of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver where, for UK viewers only, a segment about the UK's law restricting broadcast of debates from the Houses of Parliament was replaced by five minutes of him reading "3-star Yelp reviews" along with host John Oliver telling the audience "you brought this on yourself because of your stupid law". He returned on November 18, 2018, in the show's last episode of the year to read out extracts from the Brexit agreement, again for UK viewers only.[38] He had previously performed as "the real voice of Jared Kushner" in dubbed film clips on the show.[39][40]

On July 31, 2019, Gottfried appeared as a guest in episode 170 of the Angry Video Game Nerd.[41] On January 10, 2022, he guest-starred as God on the season finale of Smiling Friends.[42]

Style and legacy[edit]

Danny Gallagher of the Dallas Observer wrote that "Gottfried has one of the most original formulas in the history of comedy", adding, "You don't just laugh at the punchline when Gilbert Gottfried tells a joke. You laugh at the setup. You laugh at his comments about the joke. You even laugh at the segues between his jokes."[43] Eric Falwell wrote of his influence in The Atlantic: "Gottfried's work as a stand-up shaped many comics today, whether they would say as much or not. He was a figure who ... pushed stand-up to move beyond the realm of the merely observational and create space for the absurd."[44]

Gottfried was known for speaking in a loud and grating voice, which was not his natural speaking voice.[45] Mark Binneli of Rolling Stone described Gottfried as a "squinting, squawking mass of contradictions", noting his status as "one of America's filthiest stand-ups" while simultaneously being "one of the most successful voice-over artists in children's entertainment".[46] He was also known for joking about recent tragedies, prompting fellow comedian Bill Maher to dub him the "King of Too Soon".[47] In a July 2012 op-ed for CNN, he wrote, "I have always felt comedy and tragedy are roommates. If you look up comedy and tragedy, you will find a very old picture of two masks. One mask is tragedy. It looks like it's crying. The other mask is comedy. It looks like it's laughing. Nowadays, we would say, 'How tasteless and insensitive. A comedy mask is laughing at a tragedy mask.'"[48]

Incidents[edit]

1991 Emmy Awards performance[edit]

At the 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards, Gottfried told a series of masturbation jokes in reference to Paul Reubens's arrest for masturbating in an adult movie theater.[49] Viewers in the Eastern time zone saw the entire set live, but Fox censored the broadcast for the West Coast delay.[50] Fox issued an apology, calling the jokes "irresponsible and insulting".[49] Gottfried said that producers stated he would not be invited back,[51] and Rolling Stone wrote that the monologue resulted in his blacklisting.[46]

9/11 joke and The Aristocrats[edit]

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!" Realizing he had lost the audience "bigger than anybody has ever lost an audience",[52] Gottfried abandoned his prepared remarks and launched into the famous Aristocrats joke, which won back the audience.[53] Penn Jillette and Paul Provenza used Gottfried's monologue as a segment in their 2005 film The Aristocrats.[54]

Aflac firing[edit]

In March 2011, Gottfried tweeted twelve jokes about the earthquake disaster in Japan.[55] Aflac, which does 75% of its business in Japan, responded by dismissing Gottfried from voicing its mascot and announcing a casting call for his replacement.[56] He was replaced by Daniel McKeague (who did an impression of Gottfried) on April 26, 2011.[57]

Personal life[edit]

In 1992, Gottfried suffered from a burst appendix and was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery. His doctors informed him that had another hour passed without treatment, he would have died.[8]

In the late 1990s, Gottfried met Dara Kravitz at a Grammy Awards party. They were married in 2007 and had a daughter named Lily and a son named Max, both were named after his parents.[58] He was a longtime resident of the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan.[59]

Gottfried was known for his frugality. He often walked instead of using public transportation, because he did not want to pay the fares; illustrator Drew Friedman also recalled that Gottfried would visit his apartment unannounced in the late 1980s to watch films on his VCR, because he did not want to buy one himself.[15]

Podcast[edit]

Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast launched on June 1, 2014. GGACP was a long form interview podcast and was hosted by not only Gottfried, but his friend and professional comedy writer, Frank Santopadre. Gottfried's wife, Dara, served as executive producer, and it was recorded weekly until his death in 2022.

Standard episodes ran about an hour in length and featured interviews with a variety of entertainers, writers, and directors including: George Takei, Brenda Vaccaro, Bob Costas, Susie Essman, Alan Arkin, Phil Rosenthal and many more. Several guests made more than one appearance, but none more often than Mario Cantone. Cantone would annually help Gottfried and Santopadre celebrate the Christmas season with a mixture of songs, jokes and cheer.

Its title, the 'Amazing Colossal Podcast,' is a reference to the 1957 black-and-white science fiction film The Amazing Colossal Man directed by Bert I. Gordon.[60] Gottfried's chaotic comedic riffing and Santopadre's earnest interviewing offered the show a style all its own.

Starting in 2015, the podcast featured shorter mini-episodes around half an hour in length on more specific topics like particular character actors, films, or songs.[61] The mini-episodes were later rebranded as Amazing Colossal Obsessions.

Death[edit]

On April 12, 2022, at the age of 67, Gottfried died in Manhattan from recurrent ventricular tachycardia, complicated by type II myotonic dystrophy. He had not made his condition public.[62][63][64]

Gottfried was scheduled to appear as a special guest at the Ebertfest film festival to discuss the documentary film about him, Gilbert.[65][66] In the aftermath of his death, Ebertfest announced it would be dedicating their 2022 event to the memories of Gottfried and Sidney Poitier.[67] He was also posthumously inducted into the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards' Monster Kid Hall of Fame.[68]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Label Formats
2005 Dirty Jokes Image Entertainment[69] CD/DVD

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1984 The House of God Paramedic
1985 Bad Medicine Tony Sandoval
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II[70] Sidney Bernstein
1988 Hot to Trot Dentist
Katy Meets the Aliens X (voice)
1989 Never on Tuesday Lucky Larry Lupin
1990 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane Johnny Crunch Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Seriously...Phil Collins Roger
Problem Child Mr. Peabody Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Supporting Actor
Look Who's Talking Too Joey, The Baby Gym Instructor
1991 Problem Child 2 Mr. Peabody
Horror Hall of Fame 2 Boris
Highway to Hell Hitler
1992 Aladdin Iago the Parrot (voice)
1994 House Party 3 Luggage Clerk
Thumbelina Berkeley Beetle (Mr. Beetle) (voice)
The Return of Jafar Iago the Parrot (voice) Direct-to-video
Saved by the Bell: Wedding in Las Vegas Burt Banner
Double Dragon Walter
1995 The Magic Gift of the Snowman Charlatan (voice)
Problem Child 3: Junior in Love Dr. Peabody
1996 Aladdin and the King of Thieves Iago the Parrot (voice) Direct-to-video
Be Cool about Fire Safety! Seemore Smoke (voice)
Escape from It's a Wonderful Life Angry man on porch
1997 Meet Wally Sparks Mr. Harry Karp
Def Jam's How to Be a Player Tony the Doorman
1998 Dr. Dolittle Compulsive Dog (voice)
1999 Goosed Alan Levy
2001 Longshot Mr. Chadwick
2002 Mickey's House of Villains Iago the Parrot (voice) Direct-to-video
2004 The Amazing Floydini Magic Store owner
Back by Midnight Security Guard
Funky Monkey Dr. Spleen
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Duck (voice) Uncredited
2005 The Aristocrats Himself
2006 Farce of the Penguins "I'm Freezing My Nuts Off" Penguin (voice)
2007 Disney Princess Enchanted Tales: Follow Your Dreams Iago the Parrot (voice) Direct-to-video
2008 Gilbert Gottfried: Dirty Jokes Himself
2009 The Lindabury Story Himself
Jack and the Beanstalk Grayson the Goose
2011 Miss December The Police Officer
2013 Beecher Baby Bouncer Himself Short
2014 A Million Ways to Die in the West Abraham Lincoln
2016 The Comedian's Guide to Survival Himself
Director’s Cut Superintendent
Unbelievable!!!!! Major LeGrande Bushe
Gender Bender Dr. Montalto
Life, Animated Himself
The Comedian Gilbert Gottfried
Hospital Arrest Jerome Carter
2017 Gilbert Himself
80s Creature House Grim Reaper
Animal Crackers Mario Zucchini (voice)
2018 Abnormal Attraction Pig Man[36]
Boy Band Mort (voice)
The Last Sharknado: It’s About Time Rand McDonald
2019 Super Gidget Infestor (voice) Short
2020 A Wrestling Christmas Miracle Rice
The Truth About Santa Claus Dr. Leland

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1980–1981 Saturday Night Live[70] Various characters Cast member; 12 episodes
1983–1984 Thicke of the Night
1987 The Cosby Show Mr. Babcock "Say Hello to a Good Buy"
1989–1998 USA Up All Night Saturday night host
1990 Superboy Nick Knack 2 episodes
1991 Night Court Oscar Brown
1993–1995 Bonkers Two-Bits (voice) 2 episodes
1993-1994 Bobby's World Karate Sensei, Mad Scientist (voice) 2 Episodes
1993 Problem Child Mr. Peabody (voice)
1993–1994 Late Night with Conan O'Brien Various skits
1994 Living Single Larry Friedlander
1994–1995 Aladdin Iago the Parrot (voice) 83 episodes
1994 The Ren & Stimpy Show Jerry the Bellybutton Elf / Adonis (voice)
1994–1997 Duckman Art DeSalvo (voice) Recurring role; 4 episodes
1994–1995 Wings Lewis Guest role; 3 episodes
1995 Married... with Children Himself "Ship Happens"
Adventures in Wonderland Mike McNasty "Pie Noon"
The Parent 'Hood Pizza Manager "Pizza Man"
Mad About You Spanky's Master "The Couple"
Bump in the Night Stink Bug (voice)
Aladdin on Ice Iago the Parrot (voice) TV movie
1996 Are You Afraid of the Dark? Roy "The Tale of Station 109.1"
In the House Mr. Comstock
Escape From It's a Wonderful Life Angry Man on Porch
1997–1998 Superman: The Animated Series Mister Mxyzptlk (voice) 2 episodes
1997 Muppets Tonight Himself episode 207
The Weird Al Show
1998 Cosby Cellmate "Fifteen Minutes of Fame"
Noddy Jack Frost "Jack Frost is Coming to Town"[71]
Hercules Minister Clion (voice)
1998–2004 Hollywood Squares Himself Regular
1999 Dilbert Accounting Troll (voice) "Hunger"
Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist Himself Episodes 503 and 506
Timon & Pumbaa The Woodpecker (voice)
2000 Clerks: The Animated Series Jerry Seinfeld, Patrick Swayze (voices)
2001–2002 The Fairly OddParents Dr. Bender / Wendell (voices) 3 episodes
2001–2003 Disney's House of Mouse Iago the Parrot (voice) 7 episodes
2002–2022 Cyberchase Digit, Widget (voices) Daytime Emmy [Nominee]
Outstanding New Approaches - Daytime Children's
Daytime Emmy Awards 2007
2002 Bear in the Big Blue House Large Possum (voice) "Welcome to Woodland Valley Part 2"
Son of the Beach Noccus Johnstein "Chip's A Goy" and Hamm Stroker's Suck My Blood
Celebrity Deathmatch Himself (voice) "Gottfried in the Arena"
2003 Becker Alan
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Comic "Last Laugh"
2004 Home Movies Tonko the Parrot (voice)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Various sketches 8 episodes
Celebrity Paranormal Project
I Love Toys
Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments Himself Part I: 100-81
2005 Billy and Mandy Save Christmas Santa Claus (voice) TV movie
2007 The Emperor's New School Additional voices Season 2, Episode 11
Family Guy Horse (voice) / Dog Whistle (voice) Episode: "Boys Do Cry" / "Big Trouble in Little Quahog"
My Gym Partner's a Monkey Rick Platypus (voice) "That Darn Platypus"
2008 Hannah Montana Barney Bitman "(We're So Sorry) Uncle Earl"
I Love the New Millennium 4 Episodes
Comedy Central Roast: Bob Saget Himself
The Replacements "A Buzzwork Orange"
Back at the Barnyard Barn Buddy (voice) "Barn Buddy"
Sesame Street Denny the Distractor "Hurry Up, You're Running Out of Time"
The View Horny the Dwarf Joy's Month in ReView
SeeMore's Playhouse Himself "Marching Orders"
Pyramid Celebrity Guest
2009 Star-ving "Gilbert's Kid"
Comedy Central Roast: Joan Rivers Himself
Seth MacFarlane's Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy
2010 'Til Death Tommy Guest starred
Comedy Central Roast: David Hasselhoff Himself
Robotomy Tickle Me Psycho (voice) "The Playdate"
2011 Comedy Central Roast: Donald Trump Himself
Roast of Facebook Twitter
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Leo Gerber 2 episodes
2012 Comedy Central Roast: Roseanne Barr Himself
The Burn with Jeff Ross
2013–2014 TruTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
2013 Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off
Celebrity Wife Swap "Gilbert Gottfried/Alan Thicke"
Mad Linkong, Father, Crash (voices)
2014 Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja Ranginald Bagel (voice)
The Celebrity Apprentice 7 Himself
Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends
Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas Mr. Greenway (voice)
Last Comic Standing Himself
Big Brother 16 Otev (voice)
Newbridge Tourism Board Presents: We're Newbridge, We're Comin' To Get Ya! Himself
Anger Management Dudley Guest starred
2014–2016 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Kraang Subprime (voice) 6 episodes
2016 Mighty Magiswords Prohyas' Stomach (voice) Guest starred
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens Ron McDonald TV movie
2017 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Strip Club MC Episode: "Pilot"
Justice League Action Mister Mxyztplk (voice) 3 episodes
2017–2019 Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Jared Kushner (voice) / Himself 4 episodes
2017 Sharknado 5: Global Swarming Ron McDonald TV movie
Episodes Himself Season 5, Episode 1
Cash Cab
The Untitled Action Bronson Show Season 1, Episode 7
2018 Crashing Episode: "The Atheist"
The Last Sharknado: It's About Time Rand McDonald TV Movie
The Tom and Jerry Show Genie (voice) Episode: "Meanie Genie"
Arrested Development ShoeDini Advertiser (voice) Episode: "Sinking Feelings"
Jay Leno's Garage Himself Episode: "In Harm's Way"
2019 The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Himself/Redaction/Samantha/Lord Sexy 3 episodes
Critters: A New Binge Uncle 5 episodes
Historical Roasts Adolf Hitler Episode: "Anne Frank"
SpongeBob SquarePants Himself (cameo)
Sal (voice)
"SpongeBob's Big Birthday Blowout"
"The Hankering"
Teen Titans Go! Coal Miner (voice) Episode: "Christmas Crusaders"
2020 Karate Tortoise Rat Bastard Legend of the Shelled Vigilante
2021 Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years Shecky (voice) Episode: "Wise Kraken"
2022 Smiling Friends God (voice) Episode: "Charlie Dies and Doesn't Come Back", Final Role

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
1999 Disney's Arcade Frenzy Iago the Parrot
2001 Disney's Aladdin in Nasira's Revenge
2002 Kingdom Hearts
2006 Kingdom Hearts II
2014 Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Mister Mxyzptlk
2018 Lego DC Super-Villains Mister Mxyzptlk
2020 Angry Video Game Nerd 1 & 2 Deluxe Fred Fuchs

Web[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 CollegeHumor Himself Episode: "Gilbert Gottfried Reads 50 Shades of Grey"[28]
2019 Angry Video Game Nerd Fred Fuchs Episode: "Life of Black Tiger"
2020 The Adventures of Autism Cat Hindaril Episode: "I’VE GOT MY EYE ON YOU"
2021 SicCooper Himself Episode: "We Purchased Another Small Sega Master System Collection + More!"[72]

Commercials[edit]

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