Gilbert Gottfried Talks About the Joke That Tore Shecky Greene, and the Friars Club Apart


Here we go again, told a joke and someone’s upset.  Sounds familiar right?  Gottfried’s been in trouble a few times before (more on that below).   This time, at least nobody is expecting an apology.

Gilbert appeared on the Show today to talk about the incident that drove long-time member to quit the . Here’s a little history about what happened.  Three days ago 88 year old comedy icon Shecky Greene walked out of a event and tore up his membership card all because Gilbert Gottfried’s act was too dirty.   He went on the Ron and Fez Show the next day to talk with Ron Bennington about why he walked out and why he won’t be going back.  Greene had said he was so angry, he wanted to fight Gottfried.   This reaction surprised many comedy fans who pointed out that Friars Club events have always had a reputation for pushing the envelope.  The story blew up on social media, leaving everyone wanting to know one thing–  what joke could be so terrible they would send a man running from the building threatening to fight Friars Club members?

Today, during Gilbert’s call to The Ron and Fez Show, he told host that he is okay with the whole thing even though he referred to the fight as “the greatest feud since John Lennon and Paul McCartney.”  He hasn’t taken the incident too seriously, in fact he threw more funny offensive jokes into the phone call with Bennington than most comedians put into their whole act; including multiple references to Adolf Hitler.

Like, for example — he told Bennington that when he was performing at the Friars Club event– he had no idea Shecky had stormed out on his act.   When he heard the news later, he was shocked, but mostly because he had a hard time believing Shecky could get out of his chair.

If my jokes are that dirty, I can get Stephen Hawkings to walk….and with his mechanical voice he’d be going, I. Resigned. From. The. Friars. Club.  Please. Cancel. My. Lunch. With. Larry. Storch. From. F. Troop.

And Gottfried  had a hard time believing Shecky’s statement that the language was worse than he had ever heard in the Navy.  “It’s like it’s the Good Ship  Lollipop that he was the commander of!” Gilbert shouted.   He added, “I dont think when we were fighting Hitler, we were like, wait, what kind of joke  just say?”

When Bennington asked him if he was worried after Shecky threatened to throw him against a wall, Gottfried said he wasn’t losing sleep over the threats.

What I like about this is Shecky tore up his membership to the Friars Club, well he tried ten times to tear it up and then he took a nap.  He’s gonna throw me against the wall? I don’t think he has the strength now to button his shirt.  He couldn’t throw Gary Coleman against the wall.

He wrapped the conversation comparing himself to Hitler, after Bennington called him a sweet fun guy.   “Hitler was the same way,” he said.  “If you caught him when he wasn’t making a speech—nicest guy in the world.”

So what was the joke?  

Gilbert isn’t saying.   “I’m kind of glad that there’s no recordings,” he told Bennington this morning, “because it’s built such a mystic thing about it, that nothing could live up to it.” Looks like you’re just going to have to leave this one up to your imagination.  At least for now.

But you can listen to the entire phone call to The Ron and Fez Show right here, right now.


A Quick n Dirty History of Gilbert Gottfried Being Quick n Dirty

Every ten years or so, Gottfried has made the news for something offensive.  In fact, his career has been announced dead several times, over controversies.  Here is a brief history of Gilbert Gottfried’s offensive comedy in the news.

1991.  Masturbation Jokes at the Emmys.  In 1991, after Pee-Wee Herman was arrested for masturbating in a porn theater, Gilbert made a few jokes that caused a stir. A few jokes like, “I can’t really sleep easy tonight knowing Pee Wee Herman is in prison.”  And “if masturbation is a crime I should be on death row.” He also made a joke about his right hand  being like  superman, and how he could crush a jar of coal into a diamond.   The performance became a national incident, in every paper.  It seemed to be  the worst thing that anyone could say on tv.  A few months later did a whole show about masturbation and it was fine.

2001.  9/11 Jokes in New York City.  In 2001, just a few days after September 11, Gottfried somehow squeezed into the headlines, after some jokes he made  during the Hugh Hefner Roast. It had only been a few days after the September 11th attacks, and Gottfried literally stopped the room. Jokes like, ‘tonight I’ll be using my Muslim name, hasn bin laid’ and the real room stopper, ‘I have to leave early tonight, I have to catch a flight to LA.  I couldn’t get a direct flight, we had to make a stop at the Empire State Building.’   Of course the room went silent, chairs screetching and all after that joke.

2011. The Tsunami.  In 2011 Gottfried created his most famous controversy, when he posted 12 Tsunami-themed jokes only days after a devastating Tsunami killed thousands of people in Japan.  This one cost him his very lucrative position as the voice of the Aflac duck, and eventually led to the insurance company replacing him with a sound-alike.  Jokes like, ‘Japan is really advanced, they don’t go to the beach.  The beach comes to them’  and, ‘I just split up with my girlfriend, but like the Japanese say, “They’ll be another one floating by any minute now”‘ became news across the country.  But, he said, he never got a single complaint from Japan.

This time around he only seemed to offend one person, albeit a comedy legend.  But then again, its only been 3 years since his last big ‘comedy crisis’ and according to the Gilbert Comedy Crisis timeline, he’s still got 7 more years before his career crashes again, so he should be okay.

You can follow Gilbert on twitter @RealGilbert and visit his website, and catch him on May 7th at Carolines Comedy Club on Broadway in New York City.  This Friday he’ll be at Headliners in Manchester New Hampshire, and on Saturday he’ll be performing at Halligan’s in Auburn Massachusetts.  The Ron and Fez Show airs weekdays from noon to 3pm eastern time on Raw Dog SiriusXM Comedy Hits 99, and you can follow the Ron and Fez Show on twitter @RonandFezSXM.


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  1. CakeTreats

    April 24, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Funny guy

  2. Punk0

    April 24, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    I recently switched on Raw Dog and heard Gilbert do what might be the most blunt joke I’ve ever heard.  Don’t try and stop me if you’ve heard it before, it’s too short.  Apologies if it’s not word for word:

    How do you get a faggot to fuck a woman?  Fill her cunt with shit.

    I, on occasion, simultaneously laugh and say, “holy shit.”  This was one of those occasions.

  3. Badger1225

    April 25, 2014 at 12:47 am

    Gilbert has his brand of comedy and those that hire him or have him speak should know what they’re getting.  The Friar’s Club is known for they’re pushing the envelope comedy.

  4. DonnieFrankBreach

    April 25, 2014 at 1:28 am

    The writer doesn’t know the difference between mystique and mystic?

  5. ScottStuit

    April 25, 2014 at 2:30 am

    Someone posted earlier that this was one of the jokes. Obviously it has not been confirmed.
    “Daughter asks father to borrow the keys to the car. Father says you know what to do. He unzips his pants and the daughter gives him oral sex and says that he tastes like sh*t. Father says, :Oh I forgot, your brother asked for the car this morning”
    He then starts explaining the joke to the audience in graphic detail in case they did not get it. That was the clean joke.”

  6. Muggies247

    April 25, 2014 at 5:53 am

    The funniest thing about Gilbert’s 911 jokes is that the crowd’s response compelled him to launch into one of the few recorded performances of “The Aristocrats,” (told in Gilbert’s inimitable style) which in turn helped spawn the documentary of the same name.

  7. nullzero00

    April 25, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    DonnieFrankBreach The writer doesn’t know how to use a comma in the article’s title, so I’d say no.

  8. o

    April 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I don’t think Shecky was actually disgusted by a joke from Gilbert, more from the fact that Gilbert hasn’t changed a joke in his act for the past 20 years.

  9. CigarsAndscotch1

    April 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    You don’t come to The Friars Club and talk like that in front of a man like Shecky Greene!! -Freddo

  10. E

    April 25, 2014 at 10:59 pm

    Punk0  Actually, the punchline to that joke is even worse and way more visceral.  

    It’s “shit in her cunt.”  

    Because then you have that image of someone shitting into a cunt.  And then fucking it!

  11. Typo Corrector

    April 26, 2014 at 8:41 am


  12. clown baby

    April 29, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    Sometimes people that were once great comedians become completely irrelevant and disconnected over time. I don’t care how funny he once was, he is acting like a baby and censoring other comics. He blows, and doesn’t deserve to be in the Friars. Bye, loser.

  13. Tony Dee

    May 6, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Gilbert Gottfried is a putz.


    May 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Clean humor is dead as far as I am concerned. SNL is below disgusting, the Comedy Central Roast is below the content of an out house. The new humor is “Who can get the most offensive” and cause the most headlines. Why does it take talent to be just out and out nasty. It’s not funny but the liberals Hollywood and their sickening push to convince the young that what they decide is normal. The Modern Family program is so far from modern its completely crazy. The graduating classes from our so called educational institutes have succeed in being convinced what ever the Hollywood left and Liberal teachers is the real norm.

    Over 56,000 men and women were killed in the Vietnam War. Every one of us knows someone or has a family member that was killed during the war. How many of you out their know of a gay couple adopting a baby or getting married.?  But according to the liberal left and Hollywood propaganda there is one on every other block in the US. You do the math, it would mean that over 56,000 gay couples have adopted a baby. No way this has happened or will happen.

    Yes, some dirty jokes are really funny and I have told and laughed at a lot of them in my life. But there is a time and place for everything. Nobody thinks that when you use vile and disgusting language in public its always funny. The “F” bomb is now the norm even in elementary classrooms these days. I have heard an chastised teachers in the teachers lounge that I will not put up with that kind of talk in my presence,  but then I am called old fashion or a dinosaur. I tell them I have morals, I have scruples, I have pride in myself, and I have a vocabulary that rises above the gutter.

    Gilbert has a right to say anything he wants but he doesn’t have the right to force it on and unexciting public.

    I don’t like sensors and I don’t like book burning but I do believe in common sense. To offend can be funny at times but you have to consider the source of the person that thinks its OK all the time.

  15. Topher

    June 20, 2014 at 4:28 am

    Over 65,000 adopted children by same sex couples in the US and counting. 16,000 in California alone. Looks like Modern Family is become more typical than you thought.

  16. StewartSummers

    August 20, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Gilbert Gottfried is incredibly funny and an original and a one of a kind comedienne.  He should be in more movies and he should be on a sitcom.  Audiences love him. 

    The public should be more offended by unending wars and how their tax dollars are abused and misused, political corruption and how school curricula have been so dumbed down that kids reading, math and science scores are lower and lower.  Being offended by Gilbert jokes should be way down on the complaints list of the mass populace.

  17. Podcaster

    October 15, 2014 at 7:25 pm

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    Gilbert Gottfried.
    Shecky calls into Gilbert
    Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast to hash out an old dispute.  Check out an exclusive sneak peek of the
    episode here.  You can hear the full
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  18. BillTurkeyburger

    January 25, 2015 at 5:28 am

    @E Punk0 Two different people silly. Even worse.

  19. BillTurkeyburger

    January 25, 2015 at 5:33 am

    ScottStuit That’s an old one of his. He just did his “regular” stuff. Gilbert hasn’t written a new joke in years. He didn’t even see Shecky walk out, and Greene even said it was his general language. 

    The real story is Shecky Greene is old and crazy. Listening to him on Gilbert’s podcast supports this.

  20. BillTurkeyburger

    January 25, 2015 at 5:35 am

    nullzero00 DonnieFrankBreach This website is awful.

  21. eshrubber

    May 17, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    didn’t realize shecky was such a liberal….so easily offended…..

  22. NonCompassionateLiberal

    November 25, 2016 at 12:13 am

    I had a girlfriend that was a former Vegas hooker.  One time (back in the 80s) we were watching TV and Shecky Greene walked on the show.  As soon as this happened she exclaimed, “Ooh, I can’t stand him!”  I asked why and she said, “He paid me a thousand dollars to shit on him.  But I could only go as far as peeing on him.”