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Gilbert Gottfried

Gilbert Gottfried (born February 28, 1955) is an American actor, voice actor and stand-up comedian best known for his trademark comedic persona of speaking in a loud, grating tone of voice and squinting. He has played numerous roles in film and television, perhaps most notably voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin (1992), and co-starred in the Problem Child movies. He is also known for voicing Digit in the children's cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase, and the Aflac Duck until 2011. Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1955, Gottfried is the youngest of three children. At age fifteen, Gilbert Gottfried began doing amateur stand-up in New York City and, after a few years, became known around New York as "the comedian's comedian." In 1980, Saturday Night Live was being retooled with a new staff and new comedians; the producers noticed Gottfried and hired him as a cast member. During the 1980–1981 season, Gottfried's persona in SNL sketches was very different from his later characterization: he rarely (if ever) spoke in his trademark screeching, obnoxious voice and never squinted. During his 12-episode stint, he was given very little airtime and seldom used in sketches.

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Gilbert Gottfried -- Sorry About the Tsunami Jokes

Gilbert Gottfried
Sorry About the Tsunami Jokes

Gilbert Gottfried is eating his incredibly tasteless words -- in fact, the comic just took to Twitter to make a public apology after mocking the victims of the tsunami in Japan ... writing, "I… READ MORE >

Howard Stern -- Aflac Had 'No Reason' to Fire Gilbert

Howard Stern
Aflac Had 'No Reason' to Fire Gilbert

Howard Stern is lashing out at Aflac for firing Gilbert Gottfried -- the voice behind their famous duck mascot -- claiming the comic's tasteless Japanese tsunami jokes were just Gilbert being… READ MORE >

- 1598 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried Fired by Aflac Over Japan Tweets

Gilbert Gottfried
Fired by Aflac Over Japan Tweets

Gilbert Gottfried was fired by Aflac from his gig as the voice of its duck mascot in the wake of his controversial series of tweets about the earthquake in Japan.The company released a statement… READ MORE >

- 1599 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried -- SHOCKING Japan Tsunami Jokes

Gilbert Gottfried
SHOCKING Japan Tsunami Jokes

As the death toll creeps towards 3,000 ... and the fear of a nuclear disaster looms ... comedian Gilbert Gottfried decided the timing was right for some completely tasteless Japan tsunami jokes.… READ MORE >

- 1600 days ago
Lampanelli: Giraldo Would've Loved Gottfried Burn

Lampanelli:
Giraldo Would've Loved Gottfried Burn

Lisa Lampanelli didn't think Gilbert Gottfried was out of line when he cracked a cremation joke about Greg Giraldo just hours after his death -- in fact, Lisa thinks Greg would've appreciated… READ MORE >

- 1760 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried Roasts Greg Giraldo -- Too Soon?!

Gilbert Gottfried
Roasts Greg Giraldo -- Too Soon?!

Just hours after Greg Giraldo passed away, one of his former Roast-mates -- Gilbert Gottfried -- was already making a joke out of the situation ... but did he go too far?! Earlier today, Gottfried… READ MORE >

- 1765 days ago
Gilbert Gottfried -- I'm Not Done Roasting Lampanelli!

Gilbert Gottfried
I'm Not Done Roasting Lampanelli!

Gilbert Gottfried claims some of his best material got cut from the "Comedy Central Roast of David Hasselhoff" -- but last night in NY, dude put the crosshairs right back on fellow roaster Lisa… READ MORE >

- 1799 days ago

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