I want to believe that, in 2013, most people think of Bobcat Goldthwait as an indie film auteur rather than the punchline to a dismissive “Police Academy” reference. But I’m a severely deluded human being when it comes to the public’s awareness of this comedian’s accomplishments.
Nobody really knows that Bobcat was Nirvana’s opening act during their “In Utero” tour and that he was Kurt Cobain’s favorite jester. Or that he’s directed a handful of film festival darlings, roughly 300 episodes of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and a number of sketches on the instant-classic “Chappelle’s Show.” Another side note of ass-kissery: His 1993 stand-up special “Share the Warmth” totally holds up. You can listen to the entire thing on YouTube.
I could go on about Goldthwait’s criminally unsung career, but it’s probably best that you check out the spot that aired Sunday night during the Screen Actors Guild Awards below. It’s of note because Bob dons the scraggily wig and busts out one of his Reagan-era screeches, and he doesn’t do that anymore.
Well, unless Snickers writes a check. You don’t say no to a Snickers check.