Frank Santopadre is an American comedy writer and producer for television, radio and live events, currently working as a staff writer on ABC's The View and as the co-producer and co-hosts of Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast!.
Gilbert and Frank welcome Emmy-winning writer-director David Mandel for a revealing and rewarding conversation about the origin of classic "Seinfeld" gags (man hands, "Bizarro" Jerry), the inner workings of "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the brilliance of Bob Einstein and Jerry Stiller, the ruthless humor of HBO's "Veep" and David's memorabilia-themed podcast "The Stuff Dreams Are Made Of." Also, Orson Welles gaslights studio bosses, Michael McKean sends up Robert Evans, Gilbert runs afoul of Kelsey Grammer and Billy Wilder (almost) directs the Marx Brothers. PLUS: Nerf Crotch Bat! In praise of Phil Hartman! Larry David blows a fuse! "Abbott and Costello Meet Al Pacino"! And "LIVE from New York, it's the Planet of the Apes"! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Gilbert and Frank talk to Emmy-nominated TV and film director Ken Kwapis about working with primates, borrowing from Buster Keaton, falling in (and out of) love with movies, adapting "The Office" for American television and his new memoir, "But What I REALLY Want to Do is Direct." Also, Charlie Chaplin walks a tightrope, Alan Arkin (reluctantly) plays volleyball, Steve Coogan seduces a Keebler elf and Ken finds inspiration in "The Bellboy" and "A Night at the Opera." PLUS: "American Graffiti"! In praise of drive-in theaters! The cinema of Joan Micklin Silver! The comic mastery of Steve Carell! And Ken shares memories of Peter Falk, Faye Dunaway, Robert Redford and Captain Kangaroo! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Film critic, Hollywood historian and Turner Classics Movies host Ben Mankiewicz joins Gilbert and Frank to talk about his famous family, the depiction of his grandfather in David Fincher's "Mank," the real authorship of "Citizen Kane" and his well-received TCM podcast "The Plot Thickens." Also, Mickey Rooney finds religion, Harpo Marx attends a seder, Jerry Lewis leaves a mysterious voicemail and Ben remembers the late, great Robert Osborne. PLUS: "Duck Soup"! "Mad Dog of Europe"! Tony Curtis: fashion icon! Kirk Douglas knocks Joseph Mankiewicz! And Ben interviews Sophia Loren, Ernest Borgnine and Max von Sydow! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Gilbert and Frank celebrate the 100th (!) birthday of Mad magazine cartoonist Al Jaffee with this encore episode from 2016, featuring Al and longtime Mad writer Dick DeBartolo, who discuss their friendships with publisher William M. Gaines, their admiration of Jack Davis and Mort Drucker and the secret origin of the term "potrzebie." Also, Al remembers Harvey Kurtzman, Dick falls for Lauren Bacall, Stephen Colbert pays tribute to a comedy hero and Gilbert bashes "Up the Academy." PLUS: Gloria Swanson! "To Tell the Truth"! "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions"! Al parties with Jason Robards! And the warped genius of Don Martin! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
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New York, USA
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3 weeks, 6 days
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