Gilbert Gottfried has a trademark comedic persona. According to Wikipedia, this persona consists of “speaking in a loud, grating tone of voice and squinting.” Personally, I think anyone who develops that as their trademark performance and is successful, has to be doing something very right.
And so Gilbert is.
An actor and stand-up comedian, Gottfried is instantly recognizable thanks to that voice and it’s therefore perhaps not surprising that he’s very well known for voice acting. He voiced the parrot Iago in Disney’s Aladdin, a crazed dentist named Dr. Bender in The Fairly OddParents, as well as a turn as Jerry the Belly Button Elf on the cartoon Ren & Stimpy. Lot of funny name credentials right there.
He got his big break in 1980, after touring the stand-up circuit a number of years, when he was hired onto Saturday Night Live as a cast member. This led to more TV appearances and eventually this brilliant improvisation heavy 2-minute scene in Beverly Hills Cop 2.
See, in the case of a guy like Gilbert Gottfried, actually writing about him seems unnecessary. You can just let him do the talking.
As for awards, he won the honor of World’s Unsexiest Man in 2006 from the Boston Phoenix newspaper, whose location I’m not entirely sure about. I believe its sister publication is called the Cincinnati Newark. Regardless, that’s a heck of an honor, though just a year later he found a woman named Dana Kravitz who (presumably) disagreed with that ranking and married him.
Here, for your enjoyment, is Gilbert Gottfried yelling at people and calling them fools a bunch. It’s good.