Laugh Tracks: Bobcat Goldthwait

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Bobcat Goldthwait is most remembered for his crackling, high-pitched voice and the hysterically manic performances that landed him a role in the Police Academy series.

Over the past few years, he's taken a break from standup comedy to focus on writing and directing independent films. He's been successful in his new venture - his Sleeping Dogs Lie and World's Greatest Dad were both official selections of the Sundance Film Festival.

Goldthwait's back on tour as a comedian, and will be at the Funny Bone this week.

What's it like coming back to standup after so many years?

There are people in the audience that think I'm dead. If I make a joke about that, people will start laughing, and I'm like, "You really thought I was dead!"

I could understand people confusing me with Sam Kinison, being one of the fat, screaming comedians from the '80s, but I don't know where it comes from. I think in people's minds if you're someone in show business and you're not constantly trying to be in the public eye, then you must be dead.

How would you describe World's Greatest Dad, starring Robin Williams?

I don't know how to market the new movie. If you heard about some of the events in the movie, it sounds like a bonehead teen comedy, but it's far from that.

In fact, I have no interest in entertaining teenagers. In Hollywood, they make R-rated movies and hope tweens watch them. It's like trying to perform for the dumbest person in the room.

I don't think the stuff I make is intellectual, I just know it's for grown-ups. There's crude humor and things like that in it, but there's crude humor in my life. What I'm trying to say is no one f---s a pie in this movie. [Laughs]

Why did you go back to standup?

I do standup so I can make these tiny independent comedies. For me, the highlight of my year is when one of these movies goes to Sundance. That's insane.

I think I do a good job with standup. I try to write new material and I work really hard when I'm on stage, but it really is a means to an end. It's how I can afford to say no to reality shows.

Do you have any other movies ideas?

I'd really like to make a movie where 47-year-old Bobcat time-travels and talks to 24-year-old Bobcat and tells him not to do Police Academy. I think people have these fond memories because they watched them as kids, but that s--- don't hold up. It's like my fond memory of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. As an adult, it didn't really hold up.

What: Bobcat Goldthwait

Where: Funny Bone Comedy Club, Easton

When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 29