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Stand-up Thu Jun 16 2011

Don't Miss Bobcat Goldthwait at Mayne Stage

Everyone knows who Bobcat Goldthwait is. He's the 'guy from Police Academy, right?'. Yes, he is that guy from Police Academy, but he is also a stand-up comedian. A very funny, endearing, surprisingly underrated stand-up comedian. I had the pleasure of seeing the first of his two sets at Mayne Stage last night, and it was well worth the time and ticket price.

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Doing his two-night stint, on what he affectionately referred to as his "alimony tour", Bobcat Goldthwait made me laugh harder than I've laughed watching stand-up in a very, very long time. I was skeptical at first. Like many people, I only know him from his very frenetic stand-up in the 80s, his dark films such as Shakes the Clown and Worlds Greatest Dad and, of course, from Police Academy. When I walked out of the theater after the show, I didn't care about any of those things. I wanted to run into the streets and tell everyone I saw to purchase a ticket, immediately.

My main fear, going in, was that this could either go really well, or really really poorly. From the moment he walked on stage and uttered the words "You don't look the same, either", I knew that it was going to go really well. Bobcat's set was honest, real and, at times, incredibly dark. My mouth fell open on several occasions, in that, I-Can't-Believe-He-Just-Said-That-But-I'm-Glad-He-Did kind of way. Goldthwait doesn't hold back when he speaks, and is delightfully humble on stage. He knows where he came from, he knows where he's going and he's having a lot of fun on the way

Hosting and featuring for Goldthwait last night were local comics Marty Derosa and Drew Michael, respectively, who were a wonderful fit for his energy and style.

If you don't have any plans tonight, and are looking for a guaranteed good time (assuming you can take a joke), head over to the website right now and purchase your tickets. You won't regret it.

 
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