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

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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Jessica Bryce Young

Jessica Bryce Young has been working with Orlando Weekly since 2003, serving as copy editor, dining editor and arts editor before becoming editor in chief in 2016.
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