Bobcat Goldthwait has never been good at self-promotion, he says. The 57-year-old comedian has been in his profession since he was 15, so he thinks he should have mastered it by now.
To keep the conversation going, he makes wisecracks and admits to duping journalists in the past. He once imitated Dave Grohl during a phone interview when the Foo Fighters frontman was in Nirvana.
“You never know,” he says when asked about it. “This could be Dave Grohl.”
Goldthwait still has it in him. He’s marking a return to the comedy circuit after directing films and TV shows.
He helmed “Jimmy Kimmel Live” along with films like “Sleeping Dogs Lie” and “World’s Greatest Dad.” He’s currently working with Judd Apatow on turning a documentary about comedian Barry Crimmins, who died in 2018, into a feature film.
“I direct a lot of things, like different people’s stand-up specials,” he says. “I directed a live performance of the author Mo Willems, who writes books for kids at the Kennedy Center. It was really fun. The kids were like a room full of drunken sailors. I am busy a lot.”
He’s returning to the stage because he misses connecting with people—no matter their political or social stances. Also, “the world’s so fractured right now.”
“It must be easier for younger comedians in this day and age to get material,” he says. “The nation is getting more divided. Last night, I was in an uber left progressive neighborhood.”
Goldthwait suggested the audience “change their perspective.” That went over like a ton of bricks.
“The show felt like the orchestra on the Titanic,” he says.
Goldthwait didn’t want to give away too much about his show, but he did say it’s evolved over the years. The one common thread is it serves as therapy for him.
“As a guy getting close to AARP-card age, I think it would be a little on the sad side if I did the same act as I did in the ’80s,” he says without realizing the AARP age is 50. “I do still have a lot of energy in my show, though. I just don’t sound like Grover on crack.”
“I’m just really grateful I get to do this. That’s a new thing. That wasn’t always the case. It’s a pretty amazing thing to have the ability to go up on stage and entertain after all these years.”
CB Live, 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix, 602.910.5161, cblive.com, 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday, January 31, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1, tickets start at $22.