COMEDIAN GILBERT GOTTFRIED DEAD AT 67
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Gilbert Gottfried is dead. A publicist for the actor and standup comic says Gottfried had a rare genetic muscle disease that can trigger a dangerously abnormal heartbeat. He was 67 years old. In a statement, the comedian’s family urged people to “keep laughing as loud as possible” to honor his memory. During his career, his iconic voice won Gottfried notice – but it was his edgy material that made him a favorite of his fellow comedians. Colin Quinn said on Twitter that Gottfried was the first comic he saw who would take the stage and – “all the other comics would go in the room to watch.”
GILBERT GOTTFRIED HAD WIDE-RANGING CAREER
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Have voice, will travel – some would say that was Gilbert Gottfried’s comedy mantra. His distinctively, nasally whine helped get him noticed right from the start of his career – and helped him spread his wings. First there were appearance on MTV in its early days and a short run as a cast member on “Saturday Night Live.” Gottfried also did regular voice work for children’ TV shows and movies. The biggest of his movie voice roles was playing the parrot Iago in Disney’s “Aladdin.” He was also the voice of the Aflac duck in numerous ads for the insurance carrier.
GILBERT GOTTFRIED – REACTION QUOTES
NEW YORK (AP) – Reactions to the death of comedian Gilbert Gottfried:
– “I am so sad to read about the passing of Gilbert Gottfried. Funny, politically incorrect but a softie on the inside. We met many times; he even pranked me on a plane, replacing my intepreter(at)655jack (they’re like twins).” – Oscar winning actor Marlee Matlin, on Twitter.
– “Nobody was funnier than (at)RealGilbert on a roll. He could put you into convulsive hysterics. He was also the sweetest man. His podcast is a comedy treasure. What a terrible loss.” – Director Judd Apatow on Twitter.
– “Opening for Gilbert Gottfried at Carolines and Princeton Catch was one of the great thrills of my early stand up life. He could leave you gasping for breath.just indescribably unusually hilarious.” – Jon Stewart on Twitter.
– “I shall miss you, my friend, my sometimes foil, my always pain in my side, usually from the belly laughs. The heavens are a great deal louder with you out there now, I’m sure. Keep ’em shaking their heads and smiling, Gilbert.” – “Star Trek” actor and Gottfried roast victim George Takei, on Twitter.
– “Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh so hard that day on set, I could barely do my job. A wholly original comic, and an equally kind and humble guy behind the scenes. He will be missed.” – Seth MacFarlane, who posted a scene they did together in “A Million Ways to Die in the West.”
– “Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift.” – “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander, on Twitter.
– “Sad to hear of the passing of the groundbreaking and legendary Gilbert Gottfried. Here was the last time I saw you in Miami. My condolences to the family and friends of this genius comic, artist, and provocateur. Comedy mourns tonight.” – comedian Tom Green.
– “The funniest person I’ve ever known.” – actor-writer Matt Oswalt.
– “Gilbert Gottfried was never not funny. He was a lovely guy, always friendly & made many people happy.” – Dane Cook, via Twitter.
– “The first comedian I saw who would go on and all the other comics would go in the room to watch,” – standup comic Colin Quinn, via Twitter.
– “This is a sad day.” – Tiffany Haddish on Twitter.
HAWAII COUPLE DROPS REQUEST FOR RESTRAINING ORDER AGAINST “THE FLASH” ACTOR
HONOLULU (AP) – A Hawaii couple has dropped their bid for a temporary restraining order against actor Ezra Miller, best known for playing “The Flash” in “Justice League” movies. Court documents say a judge dismissed the restraining order yesterday after the couple asked the judge to pull it back. In their complaint, the couple said Miller burst into their bedroom and threatened them. An attorney for the couple wouldn’t say why his clients dropped the complaint. Earlier in the same week, police reported Miller was arrested at a karaoke bar; police say he started acting out after getting upset about the choice of music that patrons insisted on singing.
TIGER WOODS HELPS BOOST MASTERS RATINGS
NEW YORK (AP) – Tiger Woods may not have won this year’s Masters golf tournament and the green blazer that goes with it. But his return to competitive gol saw him dress up the ratings for CBS. Nielsen reports the final round of the tournament on Sunday averaged 10.18 million viewers – the highest for any golf telecast since 2019. That was the last time Woods won the Masters