I have been slow to review Gilbert Gottfried who is appearing at Las Vegas Hilton as the debut act in their Icon’s of Comedy showcase. The reason is that his act left me befuddled, and I am not sure what to make of him. Of course, this is a unhelpful view to bring to readers and I am sorry. The room was full and his audience was clearly enjoying themselves. So, if you are a fan already, Gottfried is clearly hitting the mark his audience expects. And, yet, I often felt I was not in on the joke. Why is doing an imitation of of Andrew “Dice” Clay funny in 2011? Or, for that matter, Bela Lugosi?
Still, there was quite a bit I loved about Gottfried. The opening of his act which was a sort of meta joke about comedy was as smart as it was funny. And, I found his odd stage presence, more like a lead singer burying himself into the microphone stand than a stand-up performer, engaging. He is clearly different than most comics who perform in Vegas, and I want to stand behind anything that feels outside the box. Yet, in truth, I was more often confused than amused.
Can you explain Gottfried’s humor to me?