At the young age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried began doing stand-up at open mike nights in New York City and, 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" (1975), 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" (1984) and "Late Night with David Letterman" (1982).
Gottfried's work in television soon led to roles in film. Most notable was his improvised scene as business manager "Sidney Bernstein" in the hit sequel, Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), for which the New York Daily News said that "Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene". Aside from his glowing reputation in comedy clubs, Gottfried began to gain a reputation as the king of quirky roles in both movies and television. He appeared in such movies as Problem Child (1990), Problem Child 2 (1991), Look Who's Talking Too (1990) and The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990). He was also the host of the very popular late night movie series, "USA Up All Night" (1986).
After his stellar performance as the wise cracking parrot, "Iago", in the Disney classic, Aladdin (1992), Gottfried became one of the most recognizable voice-over talents. His signature voice can be heard in 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" (2002).
Gottfried has been a regular on the new "Hollywood Squares" (1998) and is a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) and "Howard Stern on Demand" (2005). Gottfried recently appeared in the hit comedy documentary, The Aristocrats (2005), with Entertainment Weekly saying that "out of the 101 comedians who appear on screen, no one is funnier - or more disgusting - than Gilbert Gottfried". "Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes" was recently released on both DVD and CD, featuring 50 non-stop minutes of Gottfried telling the funniest and filthiest jokes, ever. The show was filmed live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City. Also featured on the DVD are some of the funniest bonus features ever, including wild stories, indignant ranting and celebrity impressions that will leave viewers crying for more. For this live performance, Gottfried puts aside political correctness and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. At the end of the show, Gottfried tells what is known among comedians as the "Dirtiest Joke of All Time", which is also the basis for The Aristocrats (2005).
Gottfried is one of the most sought-after comedians, and regularly performs live to sold-out audiences across North America.
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Loud, raspy shouting
Heavy Brooklyn accent
When doing standup, he used to keep his eyes squinted shut out of nervousness. This later became a trademark of his.
When Microsoft came out with XP and decided to discontinue Clippy, the paperclip office assistant, they did a series of online clips about Clippy's reaction to this. Gilbert provided Clippy's voice.
Did the voice of the Toaster for Pop Tart commercials.
Biography in: "Who's Who in Comedy" by Ronald L. Smith, pg. 189-190. New York: Facts on File, 1992. ISBN 0816023387
Once opened for a The Go-Gos concert. His R-rated act was not a big hit with the audience, the majority of the audience being made up of teenage girls. Even Gottfried was surprised he was booked that night. Gilbert joked about this on the Howard Stern radio show.
He is part of a sort club of celebrities who have portrayed puppets on Comedy Central's show "Crank Yankers" (2002).
Was the voice of the AFLAC (American Family Life Assurance Company) duck until he was fired after tweeting controversial jokes about the 2011 in Japan tsunami [March 14, 2011].
Although he has a notoriously raunchy, X-rated stand-up act, he is probably best known for his family oriented roles as Iago the parrot in the Aladdin films and TV series and Mr. Peabody in the Problem Child films and TV series.
His girlfriend, Dara Kravitz, is expecting their first child, a daughter, due June 2007.
The character he created was originally named "Murray Abramowitz" and took the credit for Al Jolson's career, among others. He debuted the character on the stage at the Original Improvisation in New York City alongside fellow comedian Joe Piscopo.
Frequently names Iago as his favorite role.
Daughter, Lily Aster Gottfried born on June 12th, 2007.
Frequent guest on "The Howard Stern Radio Show" (1998), has had more appearances than any other celebrity.
Known for his impersonations of Bela Lugosi, Jerry Seinfeld, Artie Lange, an older Groucho Marx, Patrick Swayze and Andrew Dice Clay. Two of which (Lugosi and Clay) have become the characters "Dracula Gottfried" and "Dice Gottfried".
Was considered for the role of Balki Bartokomous in "Perfect Strangers" (1986).
The only actor to appear in all three Problem Child (1990) films, as well as the accompanying animated series.
Son, Max Aaron Gottfried born on May 18th, 2009.
Lives in an apartment in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood.
The pressure to being a comedian is being funny, but I've given that up, so there is no pressure whatsoever.
[on his character from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)] I playing a nerdy, well, yeah, I'm really playing someone nerdy. That's kind of like me saying "I'm playing someone Jewish".
[on "Saturday Night Live" (1975)] I was there right after the original cast left, and so back then it was like "How dare they continue Saturday Night Live without the original cast of people?" Back then it would be like if in the middle of Beatlemania you just said "Oh The Beatles are not John, Paul, George, and Ringo - it's Harry, Artie, Phil" - you know, it was an outrage. So before we even got on the air, they were already writing these articles: "Who the hell are these people?"
[on his controversial jokes] 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."
In real life I'm a tall, blond Christian.
I only beat [my children] when I'm on crystal meth. I'm proud of that.
I would show up at a party for Al Qaeda if you said there's going to be a dinner.
I love to go where it's a dark area. You never know what people will choose to be offended by.
Most people are hoping that they never find anyone like me.
[on his reluctance for interviews] The public wants to know your bank account number, your Social Security and PIN code too. I can't peek my head into a women's changing room and go, 'Well, I want to know, and I'm curious about this.'
[on his firing from the voice of the Aflac duck] It gives me a sentimental feeling about the old lynch mobs. At least they were social.
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