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Yesterday my partner and I went to see "Gilbert" a documentary about comedian Gilbert Gottfried.
It was touching, insightful and much more then we expected. We were basically hoping for a matinee laugh, but I was curious how this hilarious manic and crude comedian is a husband and father of two.
It gave a compelling view of his close relationship with his sisters (one a talented photographer, both un-married), his family life, his quirky inclinations, and his life "on the road". That man works hard.
Gilbert's off-stage persona was uncomfortable and soft spoken, making his Jekyll and Hyde transition on and off stage even more fascinating.
If you like Gilbert Gottfried, I highly recommend it.
Have a great day- Jim
Did you hear him tell "The World's Dirtiest Joke" ?
I like his schtick.
What is schtick? Being able to deliver on stage pornographic garbage like Aristocrats and get a lot of laughter and applause from a sick audience?
Hi Bill - I think I see your point but I disagree with labeling Gilbert's audience as "sick".
I can understand being offended by "The Aristocrats" joke. One can say it's the easy way out to yell a bunch of gross stuff, instead of honing in on well-crafted humor with a compelling story, laced with masterful comedic timing. Me? I think it's healthy to go over the line by challenging social behaviour with a no-holds-barred improvisation on how corrupted, disgusting and stomach-churning this family can be- who call themselves "The Aristocrats". I think it's gut-busting funny.
Taboos and subject matter that might be inappropriate or untimely help balance the sadness, confusion and anxiety of awful experiences. I know after experiencing 9/11 first hand - I found Gilbert's outrageous 9/11 humor funny and strangely consoling.
One of the things that impressed me in the documentary was how devoted Gilbert Gottfried was to his family. He would visit his sisters everyday. So... after the film I called my mother and she made a joke about my father, who died 4 years ago - saying he must be happy (in Heaven) because he was buried in his "*** damn favorite jacket!!!". A raggedy jacket he loved, that my mother always wanted to throw away. Some might think this disrespectful, crass or inappropriate - but it helped us pay tribute to who he was, and deal with the loss. We laughed.
My guess is my little ramble here won't change your viewpoint, but thank you for your post. It helped articulate why I love Gilbert Gottfried.
Have a great day.
I admire your liberal (in a good way) thinking and sense of humor. My children always say I am way too liberal but now I have found the truly liberal person.
All the best
ha! Thank you Bill. Have a great day and all the best -Jim
He was fired as the voice of the "Duck" by Aflac after tweeting jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
A snippet of the "world's dirtiest joke"/ his follow up joke to the infamous 9-11 joke. There was commentary about why he chose that follow up joke - I assume you mean "The Aristocrats"?
Have a great day!
I'll look for this.
Always wanted to know more about what made him tick.
reelsmith's axiom: Its going to be used equipment when I sell it, so it may as well be used equipment when I buy it.
...what made him quack.
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