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ARTS
Thursday, October 5, 1989

The Michigan Daily

Bob

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
School III.
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-
coholic."
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
exists.
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.
Not-for-the-snobbish films
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
three.

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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.
Chanticleer enchained
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
pound.
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
get shot.
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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