If you only remember this guy as that screaming weirdo from Police Academy, you have some catching up to do. Bobcat Goldthwait’s dropped those old character tics and become one of the most interesting writer/directors out there, tackling strange, provocative subjects with a darkly funny yet human touch. So here, in no particular order, are 10 reasons we love Bobcat.
Bobcat has directed many episodes of Marc Maron’s life-baring series, including the one premiering tonight at 10p. Here’s a clip:
In Alex Winter’s 1993 fever dream, Bobcat voiced Sockhead – the guy with a sock puppet head. Mr. T also played the Bearded Lady, and Keanu Reeves was Ortiz the Dog Boy. Now you want to watch it, don’t you?
8. Shakes the Clown
Bobcat starred in his directorial debut in this black comedy about an alcoholic clown – and you’ll note Adam Sandler was along for the ride in this clip.
7. World’s Greatest Dad
Robin Williams stars as a frustrated writer who gets famous by forging his bratty son’s suicide note to cover up his embarrassing accidental death. Talk about your uncomfortable areas within the human condition.
6. Sleeping Dogs Lie
How often do you see a romantic comedy that emphasizes the importance of certain kinds of dishonesty in a relationship? Not often, but here’s one thing that you’d want to lie about, too.
5. God Bless America
Bobcat’s films tend to plumb the dark, uncomfortable places of the human mind, which makes them resonate a hell of a lot more than we ever want to admit. This tale about a fed-up insurance salesman’s retaliation against modern culture is no exception.
4. Setting The Tonight Show on Fire
There was some significant legal malarkey that came from his talk show rampage phase, and here’s Bobcat talking to Joe Rogan about that and his Arsenio destruction.
Back in the day, it was the screaming, twitchy madman, but these days when Bobcat takes the stage, he makes fun of that guy and tells true stories about the funniest thing you can hear when you think you’re about to die in a plane crash.
2. Police Academy
Yes, Bobcat thinks of these movies as his “shameful porn past” and would rather we not mention them again, but we have a collective unhealthy love for ‘80s cheese, and Zed gave them a distinct flavor.
1. One Crazy Summer
He once was a young man named Egg Stork, and this is the story of his life.