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Picks and Pans Review: Command Performance: Gilbert Gottfried

updated 11/02/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/02/1992 01:00AM

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Comedian Gottfried is perhaps best known for his lengthy disquisition on masturbation during the 1991 Emmy broadcast. (You may have noticed he wasn't invited back this year.) So here he is in front of a Miami audience doing his act for the cable channel's One Night Stand series, which means the gloves are off: There are no constraints on language or material.

So, with typical perversity, Gottfried works clean, running through an amusing series of bits that take in turtles as pets, Nostradamus, The Last Supper and Elvis. It's all delivered in the comic's strange trademark style: all hunched over, squinting as if the spotlight is killing him and half shouting in an abrasive voice that makes him sound like a cranky Manhattan newsstand vendor.

Gottfried also takes off on some odd detours, screaming at a prop napkin and polishing off his routine with a totally daft impression of Andrew Dice Clay. If that's not twisted enough for you, Gottfried also imitates Bob Dylan getting a haircut from Floyd the barber on The Andy Griffith Show. I don't think we're in Mayberry anymore, Opie.

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