Robert Francis Goldthwait is an American comedian, filmmaker, actor, and voice actor. He is known for his acerbic black comedy delivered through an energetic stage persona with an unusual gruff and high-pitched voice.
If you remember Bobcat Goldthwait’s “extreme” standup-comedy persona, it might be difficult to reconcile with his career as a prolific TV and movie director. He’s made some great films like World’s Greatest Dad with his pal Robin Williams, and Call Me Lucky, a compelling documentary about one of his mentors, comedian-turned-activist Barry Crimmins. Now he’s presiding over an unpredictable anthology series on TruTV called Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters. Leonard and Jessie were delighted to meet the real guy behind the comic mask and the creative force behind so many interesting TV and movie projects.
Crimmins, who died last week, mentored Bobcat Goldthwait when they were up-and-coming comics in the '80s. The two men spoke with Terry Gross in 2015 about their documentary 'Call Me Lucky,' which details Crimmins' career, traumatic childhood and subsequent work advocating for survivors of sexual abuse. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the second season of 'Jessica Jones' on Netflix.
This is an episode of a talk show I created called, "The Paul Mercurio Show" (I struggled with the name). Bobcat was my guest, and this is an amazing look into one of the most groundbreaking comedians of our time. Bob talks about how his father influenced his "unique" comedic point of view, how he developed the "screaming" chracter, setting the Tonight Show set on fire, his daughter's "time of the month," and how he had to ditch the "screaming guy" and turn a page to do the kind of comedy and filmmaking he is now passionate about. A true artist, Bob's is an amazing story.