WBEZ | Bobcat Goldthwait http://www.wbez.org/tags/bobcat-goldthwait Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Bobcat Goldthwait defends Clint Eastwood's chair performance, makes movies for old actors and doesn't think having kids is that impressive http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/bobcat-goldthwait-defends-clint-eastwoods-chair-performance-makes-movies-old <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/bobcat.jpg" style="height: 600px; width: 600px; " title="Bobcat Goldthwait in studio. (WBEZ/Kate Dries)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F60671494&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Bobcat Goldthwait is perhaps best known for his quintessential characters as a comedian of the 1980s, but in the decades since, he&#39;s become a filmmaker, actor and standup. He has a series of shows at <a href="http://upcomedyclub.com/show_right.cfm?id=173865">UP Comedy Club through Sunday night</a>, but first he joined <em>Morning Shift,&nbsp;</em>where he readily jumped in on topics from&nbsp;this week in the news.</p><p>This meant discussing Mitt Romney&#39;s &quot;47 percent&quot; comments, the Chicago Teacher&#39;s Union strike and the latest in the saga of Pussy Riot, with&nbsp;Frank Sennett,<em>&nbsp;Timeout Chicago</em>&#39;s editor-in-chief.</p><p>Goldthwait then delved into a discussion of his latest projects and the state of the entertainment industry today: &quot;People can&#39;t tell the difference between negative attention and positive attention. &#39;It&#39;s attention. It&#39;s good. I got attention.&#39; Well, you got attention for being terrible.&quot;</p><p><strong><em>After hearing his bio, which includes being a father: </em></strong>&quot;I don&#39;t list that as an achievement, procreating, but thank you!&quot;</p><p><strong><em>On who he makes movies for:</em></strong> &quot;I don&#39;t know, 50-something actors who used to be in <em>Police Academy</em>?&quot;</p><p><strong><em>On Pussy Riot: </em></strong>&quot;I admire those girls, I think it&#39;s crazy. I&#39;m an old fart but I helped assemble stacks of amplifiers for the Ramone&#39;s when I was a boy and I opened for Nirvana as a comedian so I&#39;ve been around punk rock. But I can&#39;t think of a more punk rock group. I mean these kids are actually putting their lives on the line.&quot;</p><p><strong><em>On his relevancy in modern popular culture:</em> </strong>&quot;It&#39;s so funny; the shows that I say no to should give me cred, but in a lot of American&#39;s minds, the fact that I&#39;m not on <em>Dancing...in Ballrooms</em> or whatever...they&#39;re so popular, so if I don&#39;t do them, then I must be dead. It&#39;s a sad state of affairs.&quot;</p><p><em><strong>On opening for Nirvana:</strong> &quot;</em>I never went, &#39;Hey I&#39;m going to go out and blow Nirvana off the stage, try to follow that!&#39; About every third show it&#39;d go well. But sometimes I&#39;d just incite the audience....But I know people, when they find out that Kurt [Cobain] was a fan of my stand-up, it&#39;s like finding out that Jimmy Hendricks really liked Buddy Hackett. It&#39;s like, &#39;Whaaaat?&#39;&quot;</p></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-09/bobcat-goldthwait-defends-clint-eastwoods-chair-performance-makes-movies-old Morning Rehearsal: Chicago theater 6/16 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-16/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-616-87929 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-June/2011-06-16/The Wiz.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>1.<strong> Big news:</strong> <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,21,13"><em>One Thousand and One Nights</em></a> has been posponed indefinitely due to Visa problems on behalf of the cast coming from the Middle East. It was to be the U.S. premiere at Chicago Shakes. Don't get this confused with Collaboraction's <em>1001 </em>that went up at the <a href="http://www.chopintheatre.com/event.php?id=2026">Chopin Theater</a> this past fall, which is being rebooted in <a href="http://www.collaboraction.org/calendar.html">July</a> after a well-reviewed previous run. Both are based off of <em>Arabian Nights </em>though<em>, </em>so it would sort of make sense if you did get them confused.</p><p>2. The Reader's Lauri Apple <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2011/06/15/chatting-with-bobcat-goldthwait">interviewed</a> comedian Bobcat Goldthwait, but it's not a lovefest for Chicago. "Chicago has never really embraced me as a stand-up comedian," said Goldthwait. "Even in the 1980s, I couldn't sell tickets in Chicago. The city's big on sarcasm, and maybe when you're just screaming at the top of your lungs, there's no irony there. But it has supported me as a guy who makes movies. I'll take that—it's fine."</p><p>3. Speaking of comedians, don't miss <em>Eight-Forty-Eight</em>'s interview with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.stevemazan.com/" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">Steve Mazan</a>, whose new documentary&nbsp;<em style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); "><a href="http://www.dyingtodoletterman.com/tag/steve-mazan" style="text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); " target="_blank">Dying to do Letterman</a>&nbsp;</em>chronciles his quest after a diagnosis with cancer to...well, get on <em>The David Letterman Show</em>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="349" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Lgy2XiNB4Hc" width="560"></iframe></p><p>4. <a href="http://laerslastprayer.blogspot.com"><em>Laer's Last Prayer</em></a>&nbsp;(at City Lit) has switched up its cast a little; the role of Jack will now be played by Nick Lake. The character was previously to be performed by Matthew Bivins, and no word has been given to why a switch has taken place. The show opens July 14, and is described as a "minimalist retelling of <em>King Lear</em>."</p><p style="text-align: center; "><img alt="" class="caption" height="295" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-June/2011-06-16/The Wiz.jpg" title="" width="432"></p><p>5. If you fancy a trip to Munster, Indiana, head to Theater at the Center starting July 7. They're putting on <a href="http://www.theatreatthecenter.com/"><em>The Wiz</em></a>, lead by Felicia Fields in the title role of Evillene. Fields has been nominated for a Tony for Best Featured Actress for her role in <em>The Color Purpl</em>e.&nbsp;</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.</p></p> Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-16/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-616-87929