Thursday, October 5, 1989
The Michigan Daily
BY ANDREA GACKI
Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait will perform at the Michigan Theater
tonight. Although perhaps best known for his whiny, loud, tremulous, angst-
ridden (in a word, irritating) voice and for his role in Police Academy, he
has recently written and directed a film entitled The Making of Bikini
Profanity and 'screaming comics in general'
Daily: It's said you hate being compared to Sam Kinison. In reference to
him you once said that you wouldn't "have a battle of wits with an active al-
Bobcat Goldthwait: It was just 'cause we were on Howard Stern, and,
y'know, I don't tear apart hecklers during my show... he has his audience and
I have mine. White trash needs as many heroes as they can get; I'm glad he
D: Your act - how does it compare with your most recent HBO special?
BG: Lately my material's a little different because on the last HBO special I
had watched my language because - not that I find the language offensive
- I just toned it down because I wanted people to not like the issues versus
the language they'd heard it in. I don't really have a problem with any words,
I have a big problem with intolerance, like in the Guns 'n' Roses doing
their thing - "niggers... get outta my way and immigrants and faggots you
think you can come in this country and do what you please" - the words
that they use don't bug me as much as the intolerance - the "get outta my
way" or "you think you can do as you..." - those words seem much more
obscene to me.
Interrupted by poultry
BG: Our chickens just hatched.
D: Oh. Uh, I mean, what kind of chickens do you have?
BG: Now we have seven of them. I was being really skeptical because it's
illegal to have chickens in the Hollywood hills anyway - I'm like the
Michael Jackson of North Hollywood. I brought the chickens on Pat Sajak;
actually, I said they were endangered condors and I tried to feed them meat.
D: Any more Police Academy movies?
BG: I don't think they're making any more, but it's like James Bond -
never say never. Everytime I did one I said I wouldn't do it and I ended up do-
ing one, so... It's kind of funny; I was thinking about how I didn't do the
last two but I might as well 'cause I took so much heat for doing the first
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D: What about The Making of Bikini School III?
BG: That was the most fun I had. I wasn't in that one; I wrote and directed
it. It'll probably end up on cable. Actually, in Bikini School there's a guy
parodying me, or (just) screaming comics in general.
D: Do you feel locked into your stage voice?
BG: No, 'cause I like what I'm doing. I'd feel locked in if I'd only written
40 minutes of comedy in ten years and that was all I had to do for a living.
But seeing as I'm always writing new stuff and I keep changing stuff, I don't
feel any restrictions 'cause I'm certainly not ever trying to come off. as a
handsome guy who's having dating problems.
D: But you're happily married, so...
BG: Or a handsome guy who has "kooky" observations about his marriage. I
have no resentment toward guys whose acts are mainstream if that's what
they believe in.
BG: I just can't believe we have seven chickens.
D: Did they go through the natural process or were they put in an incubator?
BG: No, natural, that's why I didn't think we'd get one. I have to build a
cage, so nothing gets them.
D: What have you done with the rooster?
BG: He went to the pound. There was a guy sitting there, crying, with a pit
bull. And I walked in with this rooster, and this guy, with tears in his eyes,
looked over at me and started laughing. I was the laughingstock at the
Comedic raison d'etre
D: You were saying you were happily married.
BG: I never talk about my family and kids 'cause they never ask to be fa-
mous. My viewpoints are strictly my own, and I don't ever feel like drag-
ging my own kids in there. Especially if you make a joke about white
supremacists and things like that, I would never want them to be affected.
Which is why I act like I don't have a family. People always get angry with
me, but no one's going to kill me - rabble-rousing dirtbags aren't going to
The main difference between myself and other comedians considered
shocking is that I may say something in my act that's bad and get a big ova-
tion from it but I'll be embarrassed and more than likely it won't be in my
act ever again. But these guys say "Hey! That got a favorable response, I'll
keep that in." If whipping the crowd into a frenzy is why I got into the
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