Bobcat Goldthwaite not dead -- just writing and directing

Bobcat Goldthwait
Bobcat Goldthwait says as he gets closer to 50, he's less interested in entertaining teenagers. He wants to make movies that interest him, even if they make audiences uncomfortable.
MPR photo/Euan Kerr

Bobcat Goldthwait is known as the zany screeching comedian who appeared in the "Police Academy" movies, and who set alight Jay Leno's couch on the Tonight Show.

Nowadays Goldthwait, who's performing at the Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis this weekend, says many people think he's dead.

In fact he's been writing and directing TV shows and movies -- usually about despicable characters. His latest movie, "World's Greatest Dad" centers on a writer who launches a career by faking his dead son's journals.

While they have a huge squirm factor, the films have won critical praise, and been invited to Sundance. Goldthwait told Euan Kerr he writes the stories he finds interesting.

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