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‘Gilbert’ Biopic Reveals Man Behind The Comedian’s Mask



Most people know Gilbert Gottfried as a filthy-mouthed comedian who makes inappropriate jokes at inappropriate times. In the upcoming documentary "Gilbert", the audience will see more of the actor's private and personal moments.

Making its debut at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival last April, "Gilbert" has director Neil Berkeley following Gottfried on and off the stage and dwells more about the stand-up comedian's daily life. According to Entertainment Weekly, Gilbert never really gave a go signal for the film to be made. He continued to follow the comedian for more than a year, resulting into the documentary.

As seen on the trailer for the "Gilbert" documentary, other comedians and celebrities appeared in the documentary to talk about Gottfried. Some big names that could be seen include Jay Leno, Whoopi Goldberg, and Lewis Black, Slash Film reported. Additionally, Howie Mendel and Ira Glass, among others, also give their praise of the voice actor through some blurbs.

Beyond the character's career, "Gilbert" looks after the actor's family and daily life as well. The trailer takes a peek on his interactions with his wife and children. Surprisingly, he does not speak with the iconic grating voice that made him a household name. His money-saving tricks were also seen, like how he opts to take the bus or live in cheap motels when traveling.  

Starting his career in stand-up comedy at the age of 15, Gilbert Gottfried later became known as the "comedian's comedian." He then appeared in several television shows like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Amazing Live Sea Monkeys" and lent his voice for several television shows, movies, and advertisements. Iago from "Alladin" and the Aflac duck are some of his most memorable characters.

Gottfried is also known for his inappropriate comedy. His jokes referring to the 9/11 bombing, the Japan tsunami incident and stabs at Paul Rubens' arrest in 1991 has brought the comedian into hot water, with the latter resulted in him getting blacklisted at the Primetime Emmy Awards.

"Gilbert" will premiere at select theatres in November 2017. 


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