In 1980, they graduated together from Bishop Grimes Junior/Senior High School in East Syracuse, New York.They formed a comedy troupe with Tom Nettle called the Generic Comics.
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Goldthwait became recognized as a solo stand-up comedian and had a record "Meat Bob" and two televised concert specials in the 1980s: An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait – Share the Warmth and Bob Goldthwait – Is He Like That All the Time?
He became known for his unique brand of comedy, which combines elements of political satire and often bizarre or somewhat unsettling black comedy.
Goldthwait filmed a half-hour HBO special in 1995, and another comedy album in 2003 "I Don't Mean to Insult You, But You Look Like Bobcat Goldthwait" and in 2004 his stand-up was featured in Comedy Central's animated series Shorties Watchin' Shorties.
Zed in Police Academy 2, 3, 4 Shakes the Clown in Shakes the Clown Mr.
Floppy in Unhappily Ever After Pain in Hercules Sleeping Dogs Lie (Screenwriter and Director) World's Greatest Dad (Screenwriter and Director) God Bless America (Screenwriter and Director) Robert Francis "Bobcat" Goldthwait (born May 26, 1962) is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, and voice artist, known for his acerbic black comedy, delivered through an energetic stage persona with an unusual gruff and high-pitched voice.
He came to prominence with his stand-up specials An Evening with Bobcat Goldthwait – Share the Warmth and Bob Goldthwait – Is He Like That All the Time?
and his acting roles, including Zed in the Police Academy franchise.
Goldthwait has written and directed a number of films and television series, most notably the black comedies Shakes the Clown (1991), which he also starred in, Sleeping Dogs Lie (2006), World's Greatest Dad (2009), God Bless America (2011), and the horror film Willow Creek (2013); episodes of Chappelle's Show (2003), Jimmy Kimmel Live!
(2004–07), and Maron (2013–15); and several stand-up specials, including Patton Oswalt: Tragedy Plus Comedy Equals Time (2014).
He has also worked extensively as a voice actor, with voice roles in Capitol Critters (1992–95), Hercules (1997), and Hercules: The Animated Series (1998–99).
At an early age, Goldthwait decided on a career as a comedian and was performing professionally while still in high school at age 15. Matthew's grammar school in East Syracuse, New York, where he met Tom Kenny in 1st grade.