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.

Sleeping Dogs Lie

Here's where Bobcat really began to get noticed as a writer/director. And how could he not with this subject matter? The plot is classic. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Girl reveals that she once had sex with a dog. Timeless. Bestiality plot line aside, the film actually works as a sweet little romantic comedy. I'd much rather see this than something starring Katherine Heigl or Kate Hudson.

Goldthwait Home Movies

In this short, Bobcat got together with the actors who played his family in his home movies. The trio discuss their roles, talk shop, and reveal all the politics and movie magic that go into filming something seemingly so simple.

World's Greatest Dad

With World's Greatest Dad, Goldthwait was officially a director to watch. The dark comedy stars Robin Williams as a single father who enjoys and manipulates the attention he gets after his young son's untimely passing. Besides being hysterical and cutting, it exposes the hypocrisy and selfishness that is rampant in modern society. It's available on Netflix Streaming and highly recommended.

God Bless America

Goldthwait's latest doesn't appear to pull any punches. Joel Murray stars as a man diagnosed with an inoperable tumor. He decides to take America's biggest douchebags out with him. One bullet at a time. Which means our supply of reality television stars gets seriously depleted. God Bless America is playing now on the festival circuit and you should be getting a call about its explosive subject matter from your nana in the next few months.