Bobcat Goldthwait’s World’s Greatest Dad is probably one of the very best films of 2009. He won’t be showing that at the Silent Movie Theater tonight. But he will be showing his equally fucked up, way weirder directorial debut, Shakes the Clown.
Says the Silent Movie Theater:
The inimitable Bobcat Goldthwait will be in person at the Cinefamily to present a selection of his favorite found footage from his private collection, in addition to his infamous directorial debut, which also happens to be one of the most underappreciated films of the 1990s. One can only imagine the horror of unsuspecting mothers who took their children to see Shakes The Clown, expecting to see the cuddly Bobcat of Hot to Trot and the Police Academy franchise, and who were instead treated to ninety minutes of clowns snorting yayo, discussions on the merits of “peanut butter pussy” and mime-bashing. Goldthwait has said he based the clowns’ dysfunctional and self-destructive behaviors on the backstage antics of fellow stand-up comedians. Fittingly, the film is populated with a who’s who and who will-be of comedy: Adam Sandler, Blake Clark, Robin Williams, Tim Kazurinsky, Kathy Griffin, and Tom Kenny (future voice of Spongebob Squarepants). If you didn’t think the backstage of The Laugh Factory on Sunset Blvd. circa 1988 was a scary place, we promise you will now.
If you haven’t seen Shakes the Clown you really want to make it out to this screening. And it’s really worth it to see Bobcat live. The show is tonight at 8, and you can buy tickets by clicking here. The Silent Movie Theater is at 611 N. Fairfax Ave.