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Creator / Gilbert Gottfried

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"If they'd wanted a nice parrot, they wouldn't have asked for me."
Gilbert Gottfried on his role in Aladdin (paraphrased)

Gilbert Gottfried (born Feb. 28, 1955), Everybody's favorite squinty-eyed, grating-voiced, pint-sized, obnoxious, hilarious stand-up comic and voice actor. Known as Iago in the Aladdin films (and by extension, the Kingdom Hearts series and House of Mouse), Igor Peabody in the Problem Child movies, Mr. Mxyzptlk in Superman: The Animated Series (a role he would later reprise in LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham, Lego DC Super-Villains, and Justice League Action), Jerry the Bellybutton Elf from The Ren & Stimpy Show, Art De Salvo from Duckman, a troll from Dilbert, deranged dentist Dr. Bender and his son, Wendell, from a few episodes of The Fairly OddParents, Patrick Swayze and Jerry Seinfeld from Clerks: The Animated Series, Santa Claus from The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Digit from Cyberchase, monster toy Tickle Me Psycho on Robotomy, the Aflac duck, and years of comedy routines.


Gottfried was also a cast member on the NBC sketch show Saturday Night Live... during its widely-panned sixth season (1980-1981; the first season after Lorne Michaels and the remnants of the original "Not Ready For Primetime" cast left the show due to creative exhaustion). During those years, Gottfried had a full head of curly black hair, rarely if ever squinted, and actually had an indoor voice (though it did escalate into a No Indoor Voice from time-to-time. Still, if you ever watch a Jean Doumanian-era SNL sketch, you'll be shocked to find that, once upon a time, Gilbert Gottfried was more-or-less soft-spoken).

He also, along with Rhonda Shear, hosted the USA Network's enduring late night B-Movie showcase, USA Up All Night, from 1989 to 1998.

Gottfried caught some heat while speaking at a roast soon after 9/11 and making an Empire State Building joke that popularized the Too Soon meme. He then saved himself by doing a take on The Aristocrats that opens up the documentary of the same name. He has been fired by Aflac for making jokes about the 2011 Japanese earthquake on his Twitter, showing that he has no fear of offensive jokes, nor enough sense to keep from making light of Japan's national crisis while also representing Japan's top insurer. He has since responded to this by apologizing after virtually every joke. He's also shown sincerety for the loss of a couple of comedians, as shown in this article mourning the death of Robin Williams.


He co-hosts a Podcast, Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast with his friend Frank Santopadre, where they interview old movie, television, music, and stand-up comedy stars.

Has done a Dramatic Reading of Fifty Shades of Grey.

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