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LMAO this Weekend

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Bobcat Goldthwait has come a long way since his Police Academy acting days and his first appearance on the Late Night with David Letterman Show at only 20. And his smart and self-deprecating brand of humor has aged beautifully -- much more so than the 53-year-old comedian and actor himself (to hear him tell it).

This Sunday, May 31st, Goldthwait will bring his off-the-beaten-path talent to Morty's Comedy Joint on 96th Street. He's acted, directed and written numerous films over the years and headlined as a solo stand-up act in major comedy clubs across the country for decades. Goldthwait's resume reads like a Who's Who in Comedy -- funnier-than-hell comedy. As a guest on The BOB & TOM Show, this Thursday, Goldthwait offered a taste of what's to come during his one-night stand in Indy.

God Bless America, Goldthwait's latest movie, was both written and directed by the '80s icon. - COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • God Bless America, Goldthwait's latest movie, was both written and directed by the '80s icon.

As part of his current tour, Goldthwait keeps audiences doubled over with laughter as he shares topical tales of his 30-year career, including what it was like being an '80s icon. His humorous riffs still include topics such as politics, aging, divorce and finances -- in other words, life. Although his take on it now gives everyone (especially his peers) a reason to laugh at the everyday pitfalls.

And though his language remains NSFYA, it isn't offensive or filled with forced F-bombs. In fact, nothing about his act is forced these days. It's comfortable and conversational, and he's clearly softened around the edges. Divorced twice and now dating again in his early 50s, Goldthwait talks of his vulnerabilities and the awkwardness of it all. He admits he's more turned on by prospects of cuddling all night than of endless hours of romping in the sack with a woman half his age. He also seems to have learned over the years that he doesn't need to scream to be heard -- and wildly admired by fans.

As evident in his film work, he's an intelligent writer and keen observer of people and conversations. A satirical genius, Goldwaith hones in on the humor of even the most dire and depressing situations (such as the suicide of his best friend Robin Williams), but he does reverently, mostly without insulting or belittling anyone.

In his Showtime special You Don't Look the Same Either from a few years ago, he starts his routine with a pat line about how he's glad to be back on the road. But then he stops mid-sentence and confesses, "I ran out of money. I'm not going to lie to you; this is part of the Alimony Tour. We're paying for a pool that none of us are swimming in." And the laughter begins.

We're pretty sure it will continue during his routine at Morty's.

The show starts at 7:15 p.m., but the doors open at 6 p.m. (and guests are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.). You can still purchase tickets online, though hop to it; it'll sell out soon.

Comedy Central rates Goldthwait as one of the top 100 comedians of all time. - COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
  • Courtesy Wikimedia Commons
  • Comedy Central rates Goldthwait as one of the top 100 comedians of all time.

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