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December 16, 1988 - Image 62

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1988-12-16

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I'm going to write more anti-
Semitic material into my act.
"In fact," he continues, "a
lot of people who are anti-
Semitic come to my show and
say, 'Well, I still don't like
Jews. But this guy I love!' "
Gottfried has also been
known to quote the Talmud in
his act. "I've never read it
through. I just turn to the dir-
ty parts. I'm rewriting it. It's
going to be called 'I'm Okay.
You're a Jew.!' "
Gottfried claims his com-
edic style is all his own, that
he has not been influenced by
others. "I always hated the
word 'influence,' " he says,
"because, to me, influence is
a nice way of saying pla-
giarism. So whenever people
say they were influenced by
someone, that means they
stole from them."
In person, it is obvious Gott-
fried has never stolen any
material. He is completely
unique; a non-stop, non-
conforming comic whose
delivery is as funny as his
thoughts. His tightly closed
eyes, he says, are just part of
the act. "It's a trick I picked
up from Helen Keller. She
said, 'Look, it works for me. If
you like it, you can use it
too: "
During a telephone inter-
view, it's apparent that the
real Gilbert Gottfried is
timid; a man who admits
readily to his fears. Like be-
ing attacked by a serial killer
in his hotel room. And, more
importantly, having to do
interviews.
It's almost impossible to get
a straight answer from the
shy funnyman. "I'm a terrible
interview," he declares. "Oh,
you noticed that. Gee, I
thought I was hiding it so
well."
But his timidness hasn't
seemed to have hindered his
career goals. Twice awarded
the prestigious Charlie
Award (named after Charlie
Chaplin) as the Best Male
comedian in New York, Gott-
fried has enjoyed considerable
recognition in the 1980s. He's
done many guest shots on
David Letterman's show, and
appeared as the maniac ac-
countant in Beverly Hills Cop
II. ("I was the white guy. The
loud, obnoxius Jew. It was a
real stretch for me!") He was
a regular cast member on the
1980-1981 season of "Satur-
day Night Live," and did a
regular guest spot on Alan
Thicke's "Thicke of the
Night." ("I think of Alan
Thicke as Perry Como
without the excitement,"
Gottfried announces.)
He's also done some
hilarious and highly visible
promotional spots on MTV.
His wit and unusual view-

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points on life translate to
writing as well. He is a fre-
quent contributor to National
Lampoon magazine and one
of the authors of The National
Lampoon, Joke Book.
According to Gottfried,
Beverly Hills Cop II did me
some good, recognition wise.
So did MTV. But 'Saturday
Night Life' and the 'Alan
Thicke Show' did nothing for
me. 'Saturday Night Live' was
so . . . so . . . so . . . Well,
`Saturday Night Live' was a
weird time period. I don't
think anyone left that show
feeling good about it."

But that's all behind him
now. rIbday, Gottfried's feeling

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pretty good about himself and
the way his career is going.
Though he once refused to
travel far from his home in
New York to perfrom, he says
he will now go anywhere he
is wanted.
"Actually, I'm working
more now than ever before. I
seem to be on the road more.
Maybe because people hate
me in New York," he quips.
"Maybe because no club will
have me back a second time.
But that's okay. I don't mind
if people don't like me. I guess
a lot of people have better
taste than I thought. In fact,
when I realize the audience
has come just to see me, I lose
respect for them very fast!" E

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GOING PLACES

Continued from preceding page

DETROIT INSTITUTE
OF ARTS
5200 Woodward, drawing
workshop for young adults,
grades 8-12, admission;
"Sixteenth Century Tuscan
drawings from the Uffizi,"
now through Jan. 8;
Andrew Wyeth: The Helga
Pictures, now through Jan.
22, Sunday, admission.
832-2730.
UNIVERSITY OF
MICHIGAN MUSEUM
OF ART
525 S. State, Ann Arbor,
"Unseen American: Small
Oils from the Permanent
Collection," now through
Jan. 8, 1989. 764-0395.
CRANBROOK
ACADEMY OF ART
MUSEUM
500 Lone Pine Rd.,
Bloomfield Hills, deSalle
Gallery, "Recent
Acquisitions," recently
donated work, now through
Jan. 22; "Face to Face:
Cranbrook/Mexico, now
through Feb. 5, 645-3312.
DETROIT FOCUS
743 Beaubien, Detroit,
"Artists Choose Artists,"
exhibition, now through
Thursday. 962-9025.
FOUR WINDS GALLERY
340 E. Maple Rd.,
Birmingham, "Natural
Phenomena," art of the
Hopi Indian, now through
Dec. 31. 644-2150.
LE MINOTAURE
GALLERY
115 E. Ann, Ann Arbor,
Bernard Thomas-Roudeix,
acrylic paintings, now
through Dec. 31. 665-0445.
PIERCE STREET
GALLERY
217 Pierce St.,
Birmingham, photographs
by Annie Liebovitz includes

celebrity portraits, now
through Jan. 7, 1989.
646-6950.

DONNA JACOBS
GALLERY
574 N. Woodward,
Birmingham, exhibition of
ancient art, now through
Dec. 31. 540-1600.
WOODS GALLERY
26415 Scotia, Huntington
Woods, area photographers,
through December.
543-9720.
CANTOR/LEMBERG
GALLERY
538 N. Woodward,
Birmingham, new paintings
by Steven Sorman,
Saturday through Jan. 7.
642-6623.
JEWISH COMMUNITY
CENTER
6600 W. Maple, West
Bloomfield, Israeli
Tapestries, now through
Sunday. 661-1000.
CADE GALLERY
214 W. Sixth, Royal Oak,
painting and sculpture by
Kegham Tazian, Saturday
through Jan. 11; reception
for the artist Saturday, 6
p.m. 546-3365.
CITY OF SOUTHFIELD
Civic Center Gallery, 26000
Evergreen, Senior Center's
art show and Bob
Mineweaser's custom
crafted wood products, now
through Dec, 23. 354-4717.

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Seasons, Tuesdays through
Sundays, The Magic Egg;
Flyers, in the Space
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