Robert Francis "Bobcat" Goldthwait is a comedian and director who rose to fame in the The '80s for two things: his role of Zed in the Police Academy series and for his stand-up act, most famous for acting insane.The first film he directed was Shakes the Clown in 1992 which was not a box-office success, but developed a cult following. His next notable return to directing was over a decade later when he directed episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live! During a break from that show, he directed his next feature film Sleeping Dogs Lie, which was about an . . . interesting piece of subject matter to say the least. His next film, arguably his best-received, was World's Greatest Dad starring Robin Williams. His latest film, God Bless America, was released in 2012.He acts much calmer in person now, and still does stand-up occasionally. He has Instagram and now Twitter.
Some of Bobcat Goldthwait's acting roles include:
- Zed in the Police Academy series.
- Eliot Loudermilk in Scrooged
- Egg Stork in One Crazy Summer
- The title role in Shakes the Clown
- Muggle in Capitol Critters
- Mr. Floppy the bunny in Unhappily Ever After
- Pain in Hercules
- Mr. T in Blow
- Ed the spider in an episode of Adventure Time.
- Pop Fizz in Skylanders: Giants.
- Johnny Crasher in an episode of Regular Show.
Some of Goldthwait's directing credits include:
- Shakes the Clown
- Episodes of The Man Show
- Episodes of Chappelle's Show
- Windy City Heat, a Comedy Central TV movie produced by Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla.
- Sleeping Dogs Lie
- World's Greatest Dad
- Episodes of Important Things with Demetri Martin
- God Bless America
- Willow Creek
- Episodes of Maron
Tropes Associated With Bobcat Goldthwait:
- Bald of Awesome: As Bobcat put it, "I had long hair and I was going bald, and there's no way to look cool with that combination."
- Black Comedy: In both his stand-up and his films.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: Seems to have this attitude, based on recent interviews and has stated he doesn't miss being in front of the camera.
- Childhood Friends: With Tom Kenny
- Cloud Cuckoolander: In his stand-up
- The Cuckoolander Was Right: If you listen to his stand-up, he's very smart and insightful.
- Crosses the Line Twice: A lot of his stand-up and quite often in his films.
- Funny Character, Boring Actor
- Intergenerational Friendship: With Charlyne Yi.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Robin Williams.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Possibly. He posts a lot of photos of his own on Instagram and has talked about them quite a bit in his stand-up and interviews.
- Money, Dear Boy: Reportedly, when he was given a script of the movie Hot to Trot, he wrote "Why would I do this?" on the cover. His agent responded by drawing a dollar sign over it.
- Never Live It Down: Setting fire to Jay Leno's set on-air.
- Nerds Are Virgins: Did a bit in his stand-up where he said he didn't see the 2 (at the time) Star Wars prequels because "I'm 40 years old and I've been laid." He mentioned going to the re-release where after listening to "uber-nerds" heckle the film he yelled at them "Have you nerds ever seen a vagina?"
- No Indoor Voice: In parts of his stand-up
- Production Posse: Has one of these, although with the exception of Robin Williams, most of them are only slightly famous. This includes Geoff Pierson (the actor who played Al Bundy expy, Jack, on Unhappily Ever After), Tom Kenny, Toby Huss, Dan Spencer, Morgan Murphy, Joel Murray, Tony V, Alexie Gilmore, Bryce Johnson among others.
- Self-Deprecation: Quite a bit..."That movie looks so bad I can't believe I wasn't in it..."
"Listen, Peter, I have made literally ... TENS of ... dollars from my films."
- During one of his Wait Wait Dont Tell Me guest spots, Peter Sagal was teasing him about his directorial success:
- One of his comedy albums bears the Long Title I Don't Mean to Insult You, But You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait.
- Stupid Sexy Flanders: Admits this about actor Rob Lowe in his standup routine, and provided the page quote for the A Pretty Boy Index page. He said something similar about Johnny Depp in his recent special.
- The Teetotaler
- Theme Naming: Got his nickname as part of a comedy duo with Tom Kenny (of Mr. Show and Spongebob Squarepants) called "Bobcat and Tomcat."
- Younger Than They Look: More in the 80s than now. He was about 22-25 during his involvement in the Police Academy films and sure doesn't look it.
- Your Costume Needs Work: He hasn't used his stage-persona's distinctive speaking pattern in years and has admitted in interviews that he's since forgotten how to do it properly.