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Bobcat Goldthwait: 'A Lot of People Think I'm Dead'

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Eric Kohn August 20, 2009 at 3:37AM

Bobcat Goldthwait: 'A Lot of People Think I'm Dead'

Few comics have followed the same unique trajectory as Bobcat Goldthwait. Those of us who have appreciated his recent work behind the camera recognize the extraordinary freedom with which he manages to express comedic ideas. I have interviewed Goldthwait a few times since his fourth feature, World's Greatest Dad, premiered at Sundance in January. Here's my festival review and a piece I wrote for The Wrap where Goldthwait discussed a Kinks album that he wants to turn into a movie musical. Check out my new interview with him below, and follow the link for more at New York's Vulture blog.

Check out Bobcat's recent commencement speech at Hampshire College (where his daughter Tasha just graduated).

You might better know comedian-director Bobcat Goldthwait as Zed from Police Academy, but these days he makes his own movies: His World's Greatest Dad, starring Robin Williams and out tomorrow, tells the dark story of a high-school poetry teacher who uses an unfortunate familial mishap to further his own writing career. Goldthwait — surprisingly soft-spoken in person — rapped with Vulture recently about his stand-up, his move to behind the camera, and the actor he originally wrote Dad for.

How does your earlier stand-up and film work affect you today?
I'm like Rip Van Comedian. I wake up 25 years later, my act's shit, and I hate doing stand-up. Who the fuck am I? If I'm lucky enough to keep making movies, I realize I come with all this baggage. Sometimes when I hear the descriptions of the movies I make — the dude from Police Academy made a movie, oh, brother — I don't think I would go to them. I joke about this, but it is really true: A lot of people think I'm dead. I don't think it's just them confusing me with that character. A lot of people think I'm dead because they don't see me in anything.

Read the rest of the interview at New York's Vulture blog.