Comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried has passed. And I'm going to miss him.
Gottfried was someone it seems literally everyone knew, and he was a YMMV kind of personality, drifting between doing stuff for kids to telling deeply dark jokes at Friar's Club Roasts. And, yeah, he was the voice of both the AFLAC Duck (until he went dark and got fired), and Iago from Aladdin, but he was also the voice of Mr. Mxyzptlk on Superman: The Animated Series, and is now what I hear in my head when I see the character in new or old comics.
But, really, I think of Gottfried as part of the two-headed hosting beast of USA's Up All Night schlock movie program. One night would be the lovely and hilarious Rhonda Shear, and the next you'd get Gottfried hosting you through A Polish Vampire in Burbank, Cannibal Women of the Avocado Jungle, etc... He would wander the streets, amusement parks, bars, whatever... and be there with you in the wee hours as you made it to the end of H.O.T.S. or whatever. He was truly a pal (and I also kind of wanted his job).
I do love how he knew what he was, embraced it, and was always the funniest @#$%ing dude in whatever he was in. Truly, never afraid to go there.
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