Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait brings his stand-up gig to Orlando Improv

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photo by Mindy Tucker
  • photo by Mindy Tucker

photo by Mindy Tucker

Thursday-Sunday, May 2-5 – Bobcat Goldthwait

8 p.m. Thursday; 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. Friday; 7:30 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Saturday; 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Orlando Improv

9101 International Drive

407-480-5233

theimprovorlando.com

$17-$20

Please, a little respect. Bob “Bobcat” Goldthwait is no longer the trembling raw nerve of his early film performances (Police Academy, Tapeheads, Scrooged), nor the coked-up screech of his ’80s standup. Instead, in recent years, he has flowered on the other side of the camera. After writing/directing/starring in the brilliant Shakes the Clown, in which he both defiled Florence Henderson and contended with opera’s Pagliacci for most classic tragic clown, he let loose a scary tidal wave of weird genius; his last three films – Sleeping Dogs Lie, World’s Greatest Dad and God Bless America – more than delivered on Shakes’ promise. Still, you might wonder whether, in this Improv Orlando standup run, he can sew together quavering, pitch-control-challenged Bobcat with self-assured, evolved Bobcat and still be funny. That’s no simple task, but don’t worry. The jokes are less vicariously terrifying, but the voice is still damn weird. – Jessica Bryce Young

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