Gilbert Gottfried's 9/11 joke (found Friars Club Roast of Hugh Hefner; 2001)


Gilbert Gottfried's 9/11 joke
An image of Gilbert Gottfried.
An image of Gilbert Gottfried.
Status Found
Date found Sept. 14, 2017
Found by Unknown

On Saturday, September 29, 2001, the New York Friar's Club, an organization of comedians and celebrities known for it's "roasts", held a roast of Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. Among the comedians "roasting" Hefner was Gilbert Gottfried. During his set, he complained of it being difficult to get a flight back to New York City. Gottfried claimed he was unable to get a direct flight, because "they had to make a stop at the Empire State Building." This joke was met with boos and jeers of "too soon." Gottfried quickly launched into the infamous "Aristocrats" joke, and won the audience back.

Comedy Central aired the roast on November 4, 2001, with Gottfried's 9/11 joke and the "Aristocrats" joke excised. Footage of the joke exists, as the entire roast was filmed and edited for the Comedy Central special. Additionally, when Penn Gillette and Paul Provenza made the film The Aristocrats, they used footage of Gottfried's performance of the joke from the Friar's Club roast.

Rumors persist that Comedy Central offered to sell the footage to Gottfried for $15000, but he declined. YouTube videos of Gottfried's performance at the Friar's Club roast are invariably from the Comedy Central airing on November 4, 2001, where the joke has already been removed.

On September 14, 2017, a documentary about Gottfried was released that contained the clip.

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The newly found clip of Gilbert Gottfried's 9/11 joke.

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Yat282

20 months ago
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I'm positive that I've seen footage of him saying this joke.
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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Read the article.
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Anonymous user #1

18 months ago
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It may have been from Penn and Teller's Bullshit. He was at a mic redoing the line as part of the episode.
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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Read the article.
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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I'm with Yat282, I'm almost certain I've seen him doing this joke, but not on P&T's bullshit
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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Guys, read the article.
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Dtlux1

8 months ago
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To the people saying they've seen this, he did redo his line in Penn & Teller's Bullshit so maybe that's what you saw, but no recordings of the original joke have ever surfaced.
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Mine254

8 months ago
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I hope we find it
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Anonymous user #4

4 months ago
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I saw the original footage online soon after it came out. I know it was original as it had that yellow/orange live background. It did exist, maybe taken by a different camera, but it did exist.

It was wiped out soon later never to be seen again.
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Anonymous user #5

4 months ago
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It's part of the history of comedy series on CNN. Just saw the footage of the joke.
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TBM

28 days ago
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What episode?
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Anonymous user #6

28 days ago
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Okay, I checked the episiode. They never showed footage of the joke. Gilbert just re-told it while being interviewed.
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