Episode 32 Gilbert Gottfried

This week we journey back in time and into the dark reaches of the 5MTS audio vault to bring you Gilbert Gottfried. At the young age of 15, Gilbert... See More

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This week we journey back in time and into the dark reaches of the 5MTS audio vault to bring you Gilbert Gottfried.

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City, after a few short years, became known around town as “the comedian’s comedian.” After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late night comedy show Saturday Night Live became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn’t until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to several television appearances on “The Cosby Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”

After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic “Aladdin,” Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voice over talents, lending his voice to several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. Gottfried also is the voice of DIGIT in the long running PBS Series “Cyberchase.” His signature voice can also be heard on the Comedy Central series, “The Annoying Orange, the voice of the horse on “Family Guy,” Mr. Mxyzptlk in the new “Lego Batman 3 – Beyond Gotham” video game, and Abraham Lincoln in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

This week we journey back in time and into the dark reaches of the 5MTS audio vault to bring you Gilbert Gottfried.

At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City, after a few short years, became known around town as “the comedian’s comedian.” After spending several years mastering the art of stand-up comedy, producers of the legendary NBC late night comedy show Saturday Night Live became aware of Gottfried and, in 1980, hired him as a cast member. It wasn’t until a few years later when his true notoriety would begin when MTV hired him for a series of improvised and hilarious promos for the newly formed channel. This led to several television appearances on “The Cosby Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”

After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, IAGO, in the Disney classic “Aladdin,” Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voice over talents, lending his voice to several commercials, cartoons and movies, including the frustrated duck in the AFLAC Insurance commercials. Gottfried also is the voice of DIGIT in the long running PBS Series “Cyberchase.” His signature voice can also be heard on the Comedy Central series, “The Annoying Orange, the voice of the horse on “Family Guy,” Mr. Mxyzptlk in the new “Lego Batman 3 – Beyond Gotham” video game, and Abraham Lincoln in A Million Ways to Die in the West.

Host Info

Phil Iazzetta

In the 1980’s, you could find Phil Iazzetta either playing baseball on the streets of Queens, or at the NYC or Metropolitan Opera playing the role of Trouble in Puccini’s “Madame Butterfly,” performing with the likes of Placido Domingo and Renata Scotto.

Alongside Phil’s incredible early operatic beginnings, he appeared as a semi-regular on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “Friday Night Videos,” as well as several national advertising campaigns for Thundercats, Holly Farms and the WWE.

Furthering his entertainment career, Phil ventured into the world of radio as a co-host and beat reporter for several New York radio stations including WLIB and WFAS, before jumping to the ABC radio network with over 125 million listeners.

In 2002 Phil became the host of Sirius’ radio first “live” call in sports program, leading to a four-year run as host of Raw Dog, an uncensored comedy channel and daily talk show. Phil served as a founding member of Howard Stern’s Howard 100 news team and has worked on air for National Lampoon Radio as well as serving as Lampoon’s Vice President.

Today, Phil brings his incredible resume to Bleav, interviewing the biggest names in comedy and entertainment. Phil can also be heard as the on-air voice for iHeart’s most listened to station—24/7 Comedy.