Bobcat Goldthwait is best known for three things: his role as Zed in the Police Academy
franchise, his unhinged talk-show appearances during the early ’90s and that
voice. But he’s also a director of some daring, who’s lent his talents to television
(Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Chappelle’s Show, The Man Show
) and movies (the darkly quirky Shakes the Clown, Windy City Heat
and God Bless America
). His latest effort is the suspense-horror
–found-footage film Willow Creek
, about a couple’s search for Bigfoot; Kimmel has dubbed it "Scary and the Hendersons."
"I’m not even a fan of them," Goldthwait says of found-footage movies. "I always try to figure out, Who’s the ghoul that found this footage and said, 'I’m sorry your family got raped and killed, but if I recut this, I think it would be a tremendous picture'?" Now Goldthwait walks among the ghouls. Already into his next film—Call Me Lucky
, a documentary about comedian Barry Crimmins—he’s returning to his stand-up roots for two nights this week at Gotham Comedy Club. "My life is really strange,” he says. “I’ll leave Sundance, where I have a movie playing, to go play an Indian casino. It helps with my perspective on my overall importance as a filmmaker."
He also recently produced Morgan Murphy’s Netflix special, Irish Goodbye
; directed Patton Oswalt’s Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time
for Comedy Central; and is helming season two of IFC’s Maron
, which premieres Thursday 8.
"I like working with comics because we speak shorthand," says Goldthwait. "I try to act as a buffer. All the dumb questions come to me, hopefully, so they can just concentrate on performing and doing a good job."Bobcat Goldthwait headlines Gotham Comedy Club Fri 9 and Sat 10.
Willow Creek opens at IFC Center June 6.