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Gilbert Gottfried

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Gottfried shows Kermit his underpants on Muppets Tonight.


Gottfried as "Denny the Distractor" on Sesame Street with Telly Monster and Chris

Gilbert Gottfried (b. 1955) is a stand-up comedian with a deliberately loud and obnoxious stage persona.

A cast member of Saturday Night Live for the 1980-1981 season, Gottfried appeared in only twelve episodes before being released for a re-tooling of the show. The Cosby Show would be his next break, where Gottfried honed his trademark persona.

Aside from stand-up, Gottfried has also appeared in the Problem Child movies (with John Ritter), was a regular on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Hollywood Squares. His distinct voice has also been featured as Iago in Disney's Aladdin, Mr. Mxyzptlk on Superman: The Animated Series, Digit on Cyberchase, and was the voice of the duck in Aflac commercials. For the latter, in some spots, Gottfried's voice was attached to a Jim Henson's Creature Shop animatronic incarnation of the duck.

Muppet-Related Appearances

1994: Appeared in the "She Drives Me Crazy" music video from Kermit Unpigged.

1996: Guest-starred on the Dennis Quaid episode of Muppets Tonight.

2002: Voiced a possum in the fourth season premiere of Bear in the Big Blue House, "Heroes of Woodland Valley."

2008: Appears on Sesame Street in Episode 4182 as "Denny the Distractor".

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