Gilbert Gottfried is the subject of a new documentary.

Gilbert Gottfried Cannot Pass Up a Freebie

Gilbert Gottfried Cannot Pass Up a Freebie

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Nov. 17 2017 7:08 PM

At Home With Gilbert Gottfried

Comedian, voice actor, and lifelong hoarder of tiny soaps.

Dara Kravitz Gottfried, Gilbert Gottfried, and Neil Berkeley on April 25 in New York City.

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Listen to Episode 873 of Slate’s The Gist:


Comedian Gilbert Gottfried is known for his notorious voice and jokes that toe the borderline between daring and tasteless. In the documentary Gilbert, we see his softer side: his wife, Dara, rubs schmutz off his robe, his kids hug him goodbye before padding off to school, he sweet-talks a hotel concierge into giving him free deodorant. Gottfried, Dara, and the film’s director Neil Berkeley joined Mike to talk about what makes Gilbert special.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.