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Gilda Radner

Funny gals month continues! The gal-pals tell their favorite jokes, fall in love with an adorable dog named Sparkle, and share their love of the one and only Gilda Radner.

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This week’s episode on YouTube has live video.

Show Notes & Extras

  • We’re recording on Zoom so that means video!!!!
  • The gal-pals this month are Dr. Leah Leah, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Debbi Sponsler
  • We have already talked about Mabel Normand, and Lucille Ball.
  • Get-to-know-you question: tell us your favorite jokes

  • Bonnie’s 1 Cool Funny Gal is Gilda Radner
  • Gilda’s book It’s Always Something is available at the Gal’s Guide Library!
  • Early life in Detroit
  • “Overweight” as a child

Gilda as a kid

  • Diet pills at the age of 10
  • Dippy inspiration
  • Father died
  • Adult life in Canada
  • Second City
 Second City comics in 1975 … Eugene Levy, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Rosemary Radcliffe and John Candy. Photograph: Courtesy of The Second City & The Guardian
  • She dated a good number of funny guys
  • National Lampoon Show (more history on NPR)
  • SNL needed a girl
  • Roseanne Roseannadanna
  • Emily Litella (took us a bit to remember the name of the little old lady sketch)

  • Eating disorder & pressure to lose weight
  • One woman show on Broadway. Available on video as Gilda Live!
  • Married G.E. Smith 
  • Met Gene Wilder on the set of Hanky Panky
  • Sparkle (the dog)


  • Gilda & Gene got married in France
  • Trying to have a baby (more from The Independent)
  • Health problems
  • CLARIFICATION – the disease doctors thought she might have had that Bonnie was trying to remember is Epstein Barr Virus.
  • Cancer
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg shout out
  • Gilda’s book was published two weeks after her death


  • Gene’s book Kiss Me Like a Stranger
  • Bonnie shows pictures on a podcast
  • NPR interview with Gene Wilder (NPR)
  • Documentary Love, Gilda. Currently available on Hulu and Amazon
  • Gal pals memories of Gilda
  • SNL vs SCTV
  • Googles

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