Last time Gilbert Gottfried was in town, the comedian made global headlines over his Twitter jokes about the tsunami in Japan.
He's hoping for a little less drama this weekend while he's here for two shows Saturday at Sarcasm at the Cherry Hill Crowne Plaza.
"The funny thing about it is the news stations made my jokes bigger than the actual tsunami," says Gottfried, who lost his gig as the Aflac spokesduck as a result of his jokes. "It was 'Gilbert makes tsunami jokes' and 'Oh there was a tsunami somewhere,' " he said.
The recent author of the memoir "Rubber Balls and Liquor," Gottfried inspired the film "The Aristocrats," about a filthy joke comedians rarely tell in public, after he delivered it at the Comedy Central roast of Hugh Hefner. We asked Gottfried, who has also roasted locally raised Bob Saget, Wharton grad Donald Trump, and Joan Rivers, whether it's more fun to roast someone he's friendly with. "I'm happy to get up and f--- with anybody," he admitted.
Gottfried says Henny Youngman and Milton Berle were among his comedy inspirations.
"Now watching comedians is like going to work on my day off," says Gottfried. On the competitive nature of comics he cited a joke that he didn't write but says he has always loved.
"How many comedians does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 100. One to screw it and 99 to say, 'How did he get a lightbulb? - he sucks.' "
WPST's Mike Newman and Dave Primiano will open for Gottfried's Sarcasm shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $25 at sarcasmcomedy.com.