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Who Or What Is Bobcat Goldthwait?
Our guide to the dark comedy genius

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Bobcat Goldthwait is not your average film director, and he doesn’t produce average films. Whether it’s about alcoholic clowns, ‘wanking accidents’, or performing oral sex on a dog, Bobcat refuses to be in anyway boring. With the release of the dark and bizarre World’s Greatest Dad, starring his old pal Robin Williams, we thought we’d look back on the comedy legend’s past, from actor to director, stand-up to occasional arsonist. Intrigued? We thought you might be…

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Though he’s loathed to admit it, you’ll probably know Bobcat from his anarchic, high-pitched, madcap comedy role in the Police Academy series. That’s right, Zed, the somewhat disturbed street thug-turned-trainee-cop who screeched and screamed his way into your hearts / ‘people I find intensely annoying’ lists back in the ‘80s.

He’s not proud of his Police Academy days, to say the least. Talking to The Scotsman, he’s said that he looks at Police Academy as his "porn past."

"When most people are in their early twenties, there's no public record of their behaviour. I, unfortunately, have some really embarrassing DVDs to remind me that I sold out a bunch of times as a young man."

Other notable acting appearances include a starring role in the cartoonish ‘80s teen comedy One Crazy Summer (complete with Demi Moore, John Cusack and a Godzilla outfit), Whoopi Goldberg vehicle Burglar, investment-broker-meets-talking-horse classic Hot To Trot, and, of course, Scrooged, where Bill Murray blows raspberries on his belly and tickles him mercilessly.

Then there’s his voice work (and with a wail like that, it’s easy to understand why), which has seen his vocal talents appear in the likes of Lilo And Stitch, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, and the undeniably super-awesome The Tick, as well as a cameo on The Simpsons back in 1989.

As for his own directorial efforts, his only starring role is in Shakes The Clown, playing the title character, an alcoholic clown framed for murder. But more on that later.
 

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