Get To Know Director Bobcat Goldthwait

Tuesday, January 31 by

Bobcat Goldthwait is best known for his work in the 1980’s and early 1990’s as a squeally-voiced stand up comedian and actor. Since then he’s stepped away from the limelight to pursue a career behind the camera. After builidning a cult follow, Goldthwait’s films are beginning to catch on with critics. His newest film, God Bless America, could be the one that breaks him out into the mainstream. But seeing as the film mocks the mainstream while painting a literal target on it, let’s just assume this one is really going to find its audience on DVD.

How does a comedian go from fistfights with Steve Guttenberg to earning critical praise for subversive film-making that exposes the fakery of our neighbors? Here’s how. Check out a timeline of Goldthwait’s directorial projects below to get a good sense of the biting and poignant work the director has created.

Shakes the Clown

Bobcat Goldthwait‘s first directorial feature is a cult favorite. He stars as a depressed birthday party clown who needs to pull his life together when he’s framed for murder. The satire of the stand up comedy circuit follows several groups of painted entertainers – clowns, mimes, and others – as they obsess about status and outdoing one another. It features many of Goldthwait’s friends from his days on the stage. Adam Sandler, Tom Kenny, Kathy Griffin, and Blake Clark, to name a few.

Windy City Heat

Windy City Heat was a cruel but hilarious hoax film that aired on Comedy Central in 2003. Planned by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, the reality film follows an unwitting comic named Scary Perry as he believes he’s been cast as the lead in a major motion picture. However, everyone around him is in on the joke leading to hilarious moments as this naive guy is completely f***ed with. It’s said that the elaborate joke took eleven years to pull off. Surprisingly, Perry didn’t off himself when the veil was lifted.

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