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10 Reasons to Love Bobcat Goldthwait


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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.

10. Maron

Bobcat has directed many episodes of Marc Maron’s life-baring series, including the one premiering tonight at 10p. Here’s a clip:

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9. Freaked

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.

3. Stand-Up

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.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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