Thursday, September 17, 2015

Former 'Police Academy' star and noted director Bobcat Goldthwait stops into the Improv for the weekend

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 7:47 PM

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You just never can predict who’s going to make it for the long haul. If you’d had to lay a bet on which actor from Police Academy 2 and 3 would still be a vital part of pop culture three decades later, odds would not have been good on the weird, squeaky-voiced, twitchy Bobcat Goldthwait (who made his big-screen debut as Cadet Zed). But Goldthwait has left his erstwhile fellow officers behind while he’s carved out a very interesting career for himself. After catching an early taste of creative control with the cult classic Shakes the Clown (which he wrote, directed and starred in), he left stand-up behind in the mid-2000s to go all in as a film and TV director. After turning out indie hits Sleeping Dogs Lie (mumblecore, if mumblecore had actual jokes) World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America (pitch-black comedies), and Willow Creek (his stab at horror-comedy), Goldthwait released Call Me Lucky this year, his first documentary. Luckily for us, he’s also returned to the stand-up stage, though he’s left the wacky-zany tics behind. If his “appearances” on Marc Maron’s “WTF” podcast are anything to go by, Goldthwait has mellowed into a good place – still weird, but minus the twitch. 

8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 | The Improv, 9101 International Drive | 407-480-5233 | | $20

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