Listen: Clarence, Groucho Marx, Bruce discussed on Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast
"Best for one of the best moments of my life. Tell us about working for share don another larger than life. Yeah share that with you know. I have fond memories of working for share because that's that's where I met my wife. Yeah you know she. She introduced traduced us. It was it was fortuitous for me. you know that was that was the share special with George Slaughter. George hired me to write the share special special and we went to we went to New York together. We went to see Bette midler and she was going to be on it and we went to flew down to Washington. DC Sharon Sharon. I see Elton John flew back on the starship that famous rock and roll airplane. We came back on that with Elton and you know it was is again your shot of a cannon you know. I was into this other world. Cher was as exotic and and and as desirable as a human being could be at that point in time and it was a thrill to do that show again. There were all these incredible people that showed up you know he had even Bowie there for Tina Turner Tina Turner Charles it you name 'em. They were there deputy. David Bowie came in with his assistant at the time was redhead woman. I forget her name but we walked into the rehearsal halls over at CBS over here in Fairfax X and she was dressed in this black dress a see through dress that had she had nothing on underneath it and you were supposed to just conduct business like like you know there's nothing unusual about this and he never referred nobody ever referred to the fact that this is a naked woman here talking to us but Bowie was great. He was he was. He's the one I remember the most I think because I was so of course can stuff that special that that pilot or that special is good with with Bette midler and Elton at Elton's doing comedy skits Yeah Yeah. He's yeah when we went to see him. At the Sherry Netherlands the first time we saw him and he was running around the the sweet sweet up there doing his grandmother because there's a bit in the right and the special where he plays an old person a wheelchair. He was doing his grandmother. Yeah he was he was great. Fun said the show was fabulous anything about captain kangaroo. I don't remember humble. I don't WanNA maligned. Let's talk about a little bit about the big man the book which he wrote a two thousand and nine I think yeah this is what I actually met you when you and Clarence were on the Joy Behar show plugging this book ten ten years ago and it's a wonderful read not only because it's a it's a great rock and roll book but it's also filled with fantastic anecdotes in some of your anecdotes as well as stories about you in and Clarence the the Groucho phone booth story can you can you comment on it. I can comment on it. Listen the Clarence told a lot of stories. It was a storyteller and I can't verify whether you know did he play nine ball with Fidel Castro. I don't know that he did so so he claims that he did. He claims he was there with hundred Thompson and they they're playing nine ball was Fidel Castro. I don't know if it's true. I'd like to believe is true. I haven't really really tried to disprove it so the Groucho Marx story is you know Groucho was walking down the street and he picked up a phone in a phone booth that was ringing and it was clarence in Clarence who had been given a phone number by girly tried to pick up in a bar lovey and she she said yeah she said this is my phone number and really wasn't was the number of this phone booth and it was answered serendipitous the sleepy bye Groucho Marx that is wild yeah how much does that Sinatra story about Sinatra meeting eating with him and wanting to cover born to run as far as I know ospel Frank I. I certainly hope it's true I wrote it. I wrote it the way that he told all the to me and I. I hope that it's true that frank wanted to wanted to do porn to run time what we wanted to do as a ballot you yeah Mrs version of Mrs Robinson with Jili. We references chilly chilly yeah yeah chilly. I met Jili before I met frank you know I wanted to. I wanted to be in that world. When I was in high school. Even before I met sloppy I would drive to New York and hang out in Gylys and I got to know the guy the cabdriver who drove him this guy named Artie while and he introduced me to Jili and I started to hang out in Gylys. That's the first time I met frank was in Gylys now Gillian billion his wife. His wife was honey as her name was honey. Just jump back story. How did he find out he was stalking. Groucho Marx. How groucho introduced himself. Oh introduced himself on the phone but Clarence didn't know who Groucho Marx was sir. Do you tell the Deniro the painting story too because that's a great story in the book. The Deniro story is is. Are you talking to me. That's you know that that you know Bruce has addressed this this story to and it might be urban a a an urban What do you call it. yeah an urban myth but according to talking to me thing that he did in taxi driver he got from Bruce that Bruce was he went to Bruce Concert early on and Bruce was standing onstage and people were yelling bruise brews and Bruce stood there and said. Are you talking to me. I'm the only one here are you talking to me and the Deniro says that that's where where he got that bit freely old driver. That's cool at some point in the book. Clarence says that that springsteen was funny that he could have been a comedy writer. Is he funny funny. He yeah he is funny. He is funny. You know I'll tell you I'll tell you a story. when Clarence died I was down in Florida for for the funeral. You know we're all in the hospital for that last week. It was really really a difficult week. Bruce was amazing that week bringing people together and anyway after Clarence died where we were up in his apartment clearances apartment. We're getting ready to to go to to the church thinking thinking and at one point time that's just bruce I there. I said you know clarence us to tell dirty jokes all the time yeah so I said did Clarence tell you the the Willie Nelson Joke and Bruce said No. I said okay sit heritages. It says what's the last thing you wanNA. WanNa hear when you're blowing Willie Nelson and Brusett oh Jia. I said I'm not Willie Nelson so he doesn't laugh right. He he walks over into the kitchen. He leans up against the counter. He looks down. He says looks up finally says you know that's really funny. My heart stop don't make so many good stories in the book at one of my favorites. Is Your Robert Altman story which you have to tell Gilbert quick. That does a true story. I'm at an apartment in a full floor apartment on Park Avenue with these with very socially elite upwardly mobile people who I have nothing in common with and the hosts came over to me he said there's somebody else in show business here so I said Oh great good anything you think and he says come with me and he says Bob and he says this is don realises. This is Bob Altman. It's Robert Altman right yeah and Robert Altman turns to means this shakes hands. He says urine show business so I said yeah he said. Do you have any dope said no and he walked away. Path never said another word and I went back to talking to defeat or whoever uh-huh and we worked together twice we did yes okay we we had. Jim burroughs air last week and Gilbert was that was riding him for never never happy to see you. Did we probably met through through through Jimmy Valley early on you Jimmy. Yeah I have a great Jimmy Valley Story. I've got to tell you this yeah. Jimmy Valley is writing Jimmy Valley for those of you. Listening thing is a very very funny combat. He was working on my wife and kids. We're in Vegas. Me Damon Dean Laurie another writer and Jimmy are in Le Circ this fabulous restaurant where drunk we've just wrapped the Michael Jordan episode and it's after dinner and I said the Damon. Why don't we get a Louis the thirteenth. It's this fancy brandy. It's like five hundred dollars. An ounce Damon says yeah so the Maitre d' come so we ordered one and Damon says hey do you have anything anything better than Louis. The thirteenth and the guy says in eighteen fifty."