From the Archives: Unmasked with Bobcat Goldthwait


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“My movies, Ron, they make hundreds of dollars. (laughs) So I actually like the fact that I get to do stand up and then I get to make these small movies on my own terms. I don’t go through the studio system. So for better or for worse, they are my voice.”

“And that is kind of what I based my career on as a filmmaker. That, oh my god, this is so horrible that we really shouldn’t be laughing at it.”

“A misconception about me, is people think I am on drugs. It’s because I don’t talk about being sober, but I’ve been sober for thirty years.”

“Yeah, but we do it really ghetto. The car in the movie- I picked it because I knew I’d be able to rent it at Hertz all around the country, seriously. And we put the same bumper stickers on, and then we have a paper license plate. And then we’re driving over the George Washington Bridge, and Joel calls me, and I’m filming from another car. He’s like, “hey man, I’ve got a paper license plate, and I’m going over the bridge.” Ah well. If they ask you about the minor or the fire arms, just stay in character because I’m going to roll.”


As part of our new podcast sharing select archival episodes of ’s epic interview series Unmasked, this week we go to 2012 to share a favorite Unmasked with one of our favorite people in comedy:  Unmasked with Bobcat Goldthwait.

The Unmasked series which began in 2008 with an amazing hour with Patrice O’Neal has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included , Bob Newhart, , Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, , Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Louis C.K., David Brenner, , and over 150 more comedy greats.

Bobcat has an absolutely fascinating career. He is most widely known for his 80’s stand up persona that carried over into a movie career, but beyond that character, Goldthwait is a true artist. His filmmaking and directing work is visionary- making independent films that we adore. He’s been compared to John Waters, David Lynch, and other greats, but only because like those other directors, he has a unique voice and creates undefinable films.  At the time this hour was taped, Bobcat was just releasing God Bless America, featuring Joel Murray as a man on the edge- fed up with American culture- and feeling like he has to do something about it.

The hour is must listen, particularly for anyone who thinks of themselves as a budding filmmaker because Bobcat talks at length about creating an independent film, getting around obstacles, how they crossed the country and saved money by choosing cars they could rent all over the country cheaply, and hustling their way through situations where they had no permit. The stories are hilarious. He also brought Murray along with him and Murray is riveting too. He talks about why he seems to always play a guy pointing a gun at himself, tells great stories about filming the movie, and some hilarious stories about his infamous family.

Bobcat has a new series, Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters, set to debut in early 2018 that will basically be Bobcat making darkly comedic serial television- sounds a lot like short films, and we can’t wait to see it.

Originally taped on May 1, 2o12 at the SiriusXM studios in New York City, you are going to love Unmasked with Bobcat Goldthwait and special guest Joel Murray.

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