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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 Jeremy Gottfried (born February 28, 1955 in Brooklyn, New York), Everybody's favorite squinty-eyed, grating-voiced, pint-sized, obnoxious, hilarious stand-up comic and voice actor. Known as Iago in the Aladdin franchise (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). Gottfried only had one recurring character (Leo Waxman, wife of Denny Dillon's Pinky Waxman, a Jewish couple who host a talk show called What's It All About)note  and two celebrity impressions: controversial film director Roman Polanski, and David A. Stockman (director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Ronald Reagan).


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 finding insensitive jokes about current events "too soon". 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. He even played a character in one episode of The Angry Video Game Nerd.

Has done a Dramatic Reading of Fifty Shades of Grey. He also does dramatic readings of UK statute law for the UK broadcast of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver every time the show uses a clip of House of Commons debate (footage of which cannot be broadcast for comedic purposes in the United Kingdom, so Gottfried's reading is an intentionally bad substitute for the British market). Also, according to the same show, Jared Kushner sounds suspiciously like Gottfried. ("'Wait, you just recorded Gilbert Gottfried over him!' Well, you can never know!")

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