I’ve always wondered what Gottfried’s REAL voice sounded like. It has actually plagued me for years. When I learned that the clown was married with children I figured his voice HAD to be less irritating than the Aflac duck. How less irritating, I had no idea.
A quick Internet search turned up an old clip from the Howard Stern Show, in which Gottfried’s actual voice is revealed. You’re not going to believe how sedate it is. Gottfried sounds like a stodgy accountant. WTF?
And then I started thinking: how long has Gottfried kept up this gimmick? How exhausting must it be to squawk like that your entire professional life? So, I Googled the comedian some more and learned this bit of information: Gottfried was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1980 to 1981, but he barely appeared in sketches. Apparently he was unfunny with an ordinary human voice.
Six years later, he landed a bit part on The Cosby Show. The role required him to be obnoxious, so he started squawking and squinting his eyes. The performance stole the scene and from that point on Gottfried became The Guy With The Voice.
In short, Gottfried has been annoying since 1987.