Saturday, May 25, 2024

RIP Gilbert Gottfried, Brilliant Comic Whether He Was Quacking or Telling Dirty Jokes


I’m a little late posting about Gilbert Gottfried’s death from a long term heart condition.

He was 67, the same age as his close friend Bob Saget, which is not a great coincidence. Also, the two of them told the dirtiest joke ever, “The Aristrocrats.” They are probably telling it now in heaven to Don Rickles.

I didn’t know Gilbert well, but I admired him because he was so hilarious in public and soft spoken in real life. He was absolutely lovely even when he was quacking for Aflac.

Condolences to his family. He was too young to die, and will be sorely missed. He would have made a great old comic.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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