Gilbert Gottfried: The Joke that Offended HIM

Stand-up comedian Gilbert Gottfried got famous as a cast member of Saturday Night Live in the eighties, and since then, he's been everywhere: late-night shows, TV, movies, commercials. You know, he's the one with a voice like a bicycle horn who talks with his eyes closed.

In fact, after his turn as the voice of Iago the parrot in Disney's Aladdin, he became a ubiquitous voiceover talent. But for the most part, Gilbert's humor can't be considered anything close to PG. His humor is proudly raunchy and often controversial. In fact, he's gotten into trouble over comments he made about 9/11 and was fired as the voice of the Aflac duck for tweets about the Japanese Tsunami.

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He stopped by Daily Shot to talk to Ali about his stand-up show at NYC comedy club Carolines, and they discussed the line comedians walk with their audiences.

“People pick and choose what to be offended by,” Gilbert says, citing Mel Gibson’s racist, sexist, violent and anti-semitic rants. “After I heard all of that, all I could think of was ‘wait a minute, what did he say about the Jews?’”

In spite of his off-color sense of humor, and probably because of it, the comedian is still packing the house at his standup shows, and has a memoir out called Rubber Balls and Liquor.

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Ali quizzed Gilbert on her favorite dance style, twerking, and the latest version sweeping the internet, twogging. What did Gilbert think of the butt-shaking dance with dogs? You’ll just have to watch to find out.