FROM Neil Berkeley
Gilbert Gottfried on why it's never too soon to joke about a sensitive subject Gilbert Gottfried’s comedy is adult, offensive, over-the-line. But you probably don’t know very much about Gottfried as a person. The documentary “Gilbert” wants to change that. We hear from Gottfried, his wife Dara Kravitz-Gottfried, and “Gilbert” director Neil Berkeley.
Director Neil Berkeley on 'Gilbert' Whether he’s doing stand-up, acting in movies like Beverly Hills Cop 2, or performing as the famous parrot in Disney’s Aladdin, the screeching voice of Gilbert Gottfried is unmistakable. But a new documentary called Gilbert offers a very different perspective on the comedian, who rose to prominence doing stand-up in the 1980s and went on to rack up scores of film and TV credits. He’s also done memorable voice over work like the Aflac insurance duck. Despite his abrasive on-stage persona, Gottfried is a family man -- a devoted husband, father and brother who spends much of his time off-stage living a mundane life in New York. Gottfried and his wife Dara have been married for more than a decade. Their two young kids know their dad travels most weekends to perform, but needless to say, know nothing of Gottfried’s often very off-color routines. Neil Berkeley is the director of Gilbert, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon. This is the third documentary Berkeley has made about a creative, complicated man in show business. His previous films are Beauty Is Embarrassing about artist Wayne White and Harmontown, about showrunner Dan Harmon. He recently spoke to KCRW’s Matt Holzman about what he’s learned from following all three men, and about his long quest to make a movie about Gottfried, which included the risky strategy of not having Gottfried sign a release until the movie was finished.
Gilbert Gottfried on his over-the-line, offensive comedy The new documentary, ‘Gilbert,’ premieres Friday at Laemmle's Monica. It profiles comedian Gilbert Gottfried. He joins us to discuss why it’s never too soon to joke about a sensitive subject, and how he uses scandal in his comedy.
A Visit to ‘Harmontown’ Dan Harmon came to fame as the creator of the quirky sitcom Community. Then, he became infamous for his very public feud with Community star Chevy Chase. After being fired from the TV show he created, Harmon decided to take his comedy podcast, Harmontown, on tour across the country. Filmmaker Neil Berkeley went along, and the result is the new documentary Harmontown.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Morgan Parker: There Are More Beautiful Things than Beyoncé Morgan Parker says that the poems in her book There Are Things More Beautiful than Beyoncé take a stand against the clichés of the dominant culture.
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?