Episodes
GGACP marks the 60th anniversary of the FINAL episode of CBS' “The Twilight Zone” (aired June 19, 1964) by revisiting this panel discussion from 2019, featuring author-historian Gary Gerani, Rod Serling Memorial Foundation founder Nick Parisi and Rod Serling’s daughter Anne Serling. In this episode, the panel looks back at one of the most groundbreaking and influential programs in television history — and the visionary behind it. Also: Desi Arnaz leads the way, Ray Bradbury lends a hand,...
Published 06/20/24
GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary (released June 14, 1974) of Alan Pakula's classic paranoia thriller "The Parallax View" (also featuring podcast guest Paula Prentiss) with this ENCORE of a conversation and critical analysis from 2015. In this episode: Warren Beatty takes on the Warren Commission! Billy (“you can call me ‘Ray'”) Saluga “joins” the cast of SNL! The enigma of Randy Quaid! And Gilbert sings the praises of "The Last Detail"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...
Published 06/17/24
GGACP continues its celebration of the birthday of actor and raconteur Malcolm McDowell (b. June 13) by revisiting PART TWO of a memorable two-part episode from 2020. In this episode, Malcolm talks about the art and design of "A Clockwork Orange," the troubled history of "Caligula," the awkward truth about H.G. Wells and the lives and careers of screen legends John Gielgud, James Mason, Peter O'Toole and Robert Shaw. Also, Anthony Quinn grunts, Gene Kelly turns a cold shoulder, Albert Finney...
Published 06/13/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of legendary actor Malcolm McDowell (b. June 13) with this ENCORE of the first part of an unforgettable 2-part episode from 2020. In this installment, Malcolm weighs in on a number of essential topics, including the birth of the Beatles, the eccentricities of Stanley Kubrick, the intensity of James Cagney and the “friendship” of Danny Kaye and Laurence Olivier. Also, John Lennon has a laugh, Ian Holm holds a grudge, Mick Jagger considers “A Clockwork Orange” and...
Published 06/10/24
GGACP celebrates ten (10!) years since its debut on June 1, 2014 by revisiting the very first episode of the podcast, featuring a memorable interview with comedian, author and talk show legend Dick Cavett. In this episode, Dick shares personal stories about Jack Benny, Johnny Carson, Katharine Hepburn, John Lennon and Groucho Marx (among others) and talks about the time a guest dropped dead on his set (yes, it happened). Also, Dick recalls writing for Jack Paar and Jerry Lewis and favors...
Published 06/06/24
GGACP celebrates the beginning of Pride Month by presenting this ENCORE of a "special quarantine podcast" from 2020, featuring actor, singer, comedian and friend of the show Mario Cantone. In this episode, Mario joins Gil and Frank for a highly amusing conversation about teen idols, classic game shows, favorite Hitchcock flicks, the versatility of Jack Lemmon and the difference between impressionists and comedian-impressionists. Also, “Mildred Pierce” turns 75, Julia Child fillets the Little...
Published 06/03/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of veteran character actor and friend of the podcast Sandy Helberg (born May 28) by revisiting this wide-ranging and wildly amusing interview from 2019. In this episode, Sandy regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about Groucho Marx, Freddy Mercury, Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra and Ringo Starr and shares memories of appearing in "High Anxiety," "Spaceballs" and "History of the World." Also, Broderick Crawford hits the sauce, Humphrey Bogart patrols the coast,...
Published 05/30/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy-nominated actress Lee Meriwether (b. May 27) with this ENCORE of a rare two-part installment featuring not one, but TWO of the actresses to play Catwoman during the run of the classic 1966 “Batman” series (along with Julie Newmar). In these episodes: Lee looks back on her reign as Miss America, impersonates Ed Wynn and threatens (promises?) to discipline Gilbert. Next up, Julie reminisces about working with everyone from Michael Rennie to Chad &...
Published 05/27/24
GGACP celebrates the 55th anniversary of one of the most successful pop tunes of all time, the Archies' "Sugar, Sugar" (released May 24, 1969) by revisiting this 2017 interview with vocalist, record producer and Archies lead singer Ron Dante. In this episode, Ron joins Gilbert and Frank for an engaging conversation about the history of the legendary Brill Building, the birth of bubblegum music, the magic touch of Don Kirshner (and Barry Manilow) and the lost art of commercial jingles. Also,...
Published 05/23/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Emmy award-winning writer and friend of the podcast Alan Zweibel (b. May 20) by presenting this ENCORE of an interview from 2015. In this episode, Alan talks about penning jokes for Catskills comics, contributing to the glory days of “Saturday Night Live," co-creating the groundbreaking “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” and collaborating with everyone from Gilda Radner to Rob Reiner to Billy Crystal. Also: Alan heckles Larry David, “borrows from” Paul Simon, turns...
Published 05/20/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor, film historian, memorabilia collector and “Monster Kid” Bob Burns by revisiting this wide-ranging interview from 2017. In this episode, Bob regales Gilbert and Frank with stories about meeting Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Vincent Price, George Pal and William Castle, among others. Also, Bob mentors Rick Baker, tours with Eddie Munster, brings Lon Chaney Jr. to tears and visits the set of “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” PLUS: “Shock Theater”! Ray “Crash”...
Published 05/16/24
GGACP salutes the life and career of the late, legendary producer-director Roger Corman by presenting this ENCORE of a memorable interview from back in 2014. In this episode, Roger recalls meeting longtime friend and collaborator Jack Nicholson, reveals the reason the Hell’s Angels threatened to murder him and explains why “a monster should always be bigger than a leading lady.” Also, Roger works with Robert De Niro, Bruce Dern, Dennis Hopper and Charles Bronson and helps launch the directing...
Published 05/13/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles (b. May 8, 1926) by revisiting this tribute mini-ep from 2017. In this episode: “The Pride and the Passion”! "X: The Man with the X-ray Eyes"! Rickles and Newhart see the world! Don zings the commander in chief! Fambino Bambazzo buys the farm! And Gilbert reboots "C.P.O. Sharkey"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/09/24
GGACP celebrates May's Jewish Heritage Month by presenting this ENCORE of a 2014 interview with legendary comedian, director and host of Showtime’s “Inside Comedy” series, David Steinberg. In this episode, David talks about his years-long friendships with Jack Benny and George Burns, his 140+ appearances on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and how his standup act landed him on Richard Nixon’s enemies list. Also: the Smothers Brothers get hate mail and David directs Gilbert in an episode of “Mad...
Published 05/06/24
GGACP once again remembers our late, lovable pal Paul "Raybone" Raeburn by revisiting this mini-show from 2018, as Gilbert "reinterprets" compositions by Elton John, Kris Kristofferson, and podcast guests Charles Fox and Paul Williams. Also in this episode: Moms Mabley! The genius of Roger Miller! The Paul Raybone Band! Paging Gordon Lightfoot! And Ed Sullivan blows the joke!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 05/02/24
GGACP bids a heartfelt farewell to our late colleague and occasional "researcher," the much-beloved Paul "Raybone"Raeburn, with this ENCORE of a mini-episode from 2019. This week: McCartney & Lennon!? “Surfin’ Bird”! “Sunshine, Lollipops and Rainbows”! Gilbert covers Cyrkle! And the not-quite-triumphant return of Zager and Evans! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/29/24
GGACP celebrates the 25th anniversary of Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor's dark comedy "Election" (released April 23, 1999) by revisiting this "Colossal Obsessions" mini-ep from 2015. In this episode: "Lord Love a Duck"! Appreciating Matthew Broderick! The genius of Bruce Jay Friedman! Jerry Stiller and Jack Gilford eat a sandwich! And the not-so-guilty pleasure of “cringe comedies”! PLUS: Gilbert praises "Save the Tiger"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Published 04/25/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday (b. April 22, 1926) of Edna Garrett and Sylvia Schnauser herself, late character actress Charlotte Rae by presenting this ENCORE of an interview from 2016. In this episode, Charlotte looks back at some of the highs (and lows) of her life and career, and shares her memories of working on the 1950s nightclub circuit as well as on the much-loved sitcoms “Car 54, Where Are You?”, “Diff’rent Strokes” and “The Facts of Life.” Also, Charlotte lauds Nat Hiken, rooms with...
Published 04/22/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of Oscar-nominated actor Eric Roberts (b. April 18) by revisiting this 2020 interview with Eric and actress/casting director Eliza Roberts. In this episode, Eric and Eliza talk about their five decades in Hollywood and share entertaining stories about Bob Fosse, Tony Curtis, Rod Steiger, Sterling Hayden, Mickey Rourke and Shelly Winters (to name a few). Also, Roger Corman strikes a deal, Eric shares the screen with the King of Pop, Gilbert praises “The Pope of...
Published 04/18/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of “Man of a Thousand Voices” Billy West (b. April 16) with this ENCORE presentation of Billy's first appearance back in 2014. In this episode, Billy West talks about his memorable work on “Ren & Stimpy,” Matt Groening’s “Futurama,” “Looney Tunes” cartoons and of course, “The Howard Stern Show,” where he won over listeners with his outrageous impressions of Larry Fine, Lucille Ball and Jackie Martling (among others). Also, the boys discuss Bud Abbott, Peter...
Published 04/15/24
GGACP celebrates the 50th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece "The Conversation" (originally opened April 7, 1972) by revisiting this mini-episode from 2015, as Gilbert praises the classic thriller he previously introduced on Turner Classic Movies. Also, Robert Duvall makes the scene, Harrison Ford makes a bold choice, Allen Garfield becomes Allen Goorwitz and the boys look back at the short -- but memorable -- career of John Cazale. PLUS: Frank recommends the Cary Grant-Audrey...
Published 04/11/24
GGACP celebrates April's National Humor Month by featuring this ENCORE of a memorable 2020 interview with comedian, actor and master impressionist John Byner. In this episode, John shares anecdotes about James Cagney, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, Ed Sullivan and Jackie Vernon (to name a few) and talks about his engrossing memoir “Five Minutes Mr Byner: Lifetime of Laughter.”Also, Jack Carter lashes out, George Jessel lawyers up, Joey Bishop promotes a boxing match and Billy Barty sits on Bob...
Published 04/08/24
To coincide with the recent screening of the in-progress Drew Friedman documentary, GGACP revisits this CLASSIC conversation as guests (and friends) Drew Friedman, Rupert Holmes and Richard Kind help celebrate the show's 200th episode. Topics include: the cinema of Fred Gwynne, the unpredictability of Jerry Lewis, the long-lost child of Uncle Miltie and the risks and rewards of meeting one’s heroes. Also, Drew puts Groucho to bed, Rupert lunches with Frank Capra, Richard lives up to his name...
Published 04/04/24
GGACP celebrates the birthday of actor, writer, comedian and friend of the podcast Gabe Kaplan (b. March 31) with this ENCORE of a memorable interview from 2021. In this episode, Gabe joins Gilbert and Frank for a hilarious conversation about working strip clubs and Burlesque houses, meeting (and portraying) Groucho Marx, the clunkiness of the Dean Martin Roasts and the backstage drama of "Welcome Back Kotter." Also, Jack Carter buys a shirt, Buddy Hackett makes an omelet, Pat McCormick...
Published 04/01/24