Even manic comedian Bobcat Goldthwait feels down sometimes. (No, this is not the setup for a joke.) The 38-year-old comic, actor, writer and director was a punker in his salad days and even sang in a band called The Dead Ducks. When icon Joey Ramone died Easter Sunday, Goldthwait took time to stop and sniff his own mortality.
(His death) made me feel really old, Goldthwait says. It kind of put in perspective what the Ramones and all that stuff meant to me.
Goldthwait should be done mourning by his Side Splitters appearance this weekend. With weekends devoted to stand-up, he works weekdays directing and editing segments for Comedy Central's The Man Show, starring Adam Corolla and Jimmy Kimmel.
Goldthwait says he came to The Man Show as part of my community service. In truth, he and Corolla are friends, and Corrolla asked him to come on board.
My job is to sit around and watch two guys who I think are extremely funny just be a couple of jackasses. Everybody on board has usually been fired from somewhere.
Right now I'm cutting footage of the guys (at) Mardi Gras. I went with them and shot a lot of debauchery, and now I'm editing it ... I'm still rinsing the urine out of my hair.
At this point in his career, Goldthwait has done everything from act in three Police Academy movies to star in his own cable show, Bobcat's Big Ass Show. In 1991, he wrote, directed and starred in the cultishly popular Shakes the Clown, which transmogrified the hard-knock life of comics into that of cutthroat clowns. His most recent film role was a bit part in Blow, starring Johnny Depp. In his scene, Goldthwait says, I'm snorting fake cocaine. It was made of lactose.
I did a ton of it, Goldthwait says. Depp said, I think I'm developing breasts,' 'cause he had done so much of it.
Bobcat Goldthwait performs at 8 and 10:30 p.m. April 27 and 28 at Side Splitters, located at 12938 N. Dale Mabry, Tampa. Tickets are $20 and $25. Call 813-960-1197.