“Somewhere between Mark Twain and a birthday clown” is how Dave Atell describes Gilbert Gottfried, the loudmouth comedian who has mystifyingly endured for decades. And decades. (You know him as the parrot in Aladdin, and the duck in those damn Affleck commercials). Gilbert, a new documentary by director/longtime friend of WOW Neil Berkeley, looks beyond the bombast of his onstage persona and discovers a shy, soft-spoken (!!!), and surprising warm human being. In addition to fascinating footage of Gilbert as a young man at the start of his career, and his homelife now with his wife and adorable kids, are interviews with Whoopi Goldberg, Jay Leno, Jeff Ross, Howie Mandel, Arsenio Hall and dozens of others, paying tribute. I never much liked the guy. Now he might be one of my favorite comedians ever. Watch the trailer below.
And, if you’re in the LA area, check one of out the Q&As with him tomorrow night.
(bottom photo: Pacific Coast News)