"I do everything for pure love," comedian Gilbert Gottfried said. "Nothing has to do with finance or self-promotion. It's all love."
Gottfried, the squinting, hectoring 60-year-old comedian who can sound like a pet store of upset macaws, let out a low, unplugged version of one of his laugh-roars. It was 10 in the morning in his Chelsea apartment, a Monday, and Gottfried was just back from a weekend of headlining dates in Portland and Seattle.
His kids — a girl, 8, and a boy, 6 — were at school. The actor Richard Kind was due in an hour, and there were people in Gottfried's living room, including his wife, Dara, who co-produces his podcast, called "