Bobcat Goldthwait At Columbus

(12.1) Now with 100% more Mirman. If you have never seen comedy in the theater upstairs at the Columbus, start with this show. The venue seats about 200, so you will be sure of hearing Mr. Goldthwait clearly. Mirman appeared upstairs ten years ago and ended up marrying a couple from the audience (they volunteered — you will not be dragged into anything against your will). Mirman opens the night, although it seems possible they might interact briefly.

Bobcat Goldthwait started in the 90s doing standup, becoming known for unpredictable outbursts. But he may be better known today as an actor, director, and screenwriter. Indeed, it was the 1991 classic, “Shakes the Clown,” that secured his place in the filmmaking firmament. Betsy Sherman of the Boston Globe famously described it as “The Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.” Goldthwait did indeed write, direct, and star in the movie, just like Orson Welles.

Goldthwait’s resumé is ridiculously packed — you have seen him and heard his voice in a million things — and it appears that he directed Mirman’s 2015 comedy special, “Vegan on his Way to the Complain Store.”

Special guest Eugene Mirman is a particular favorite of mine. He was Eugene the landlord in “Flight of the Conchords” and voices Eugene in Bob’s Burgers. On “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” he was Dr. Eugene Mirman and in “Home Movies” he was Eugene, the Russian foreign exchange student. So if you want Mr. Mirman to be in your project, name at least one character Eugene.

Seeing these two in the small theater should be a special night.

$25, Bobcat Goldthwait, show 8pm, Friday, December 1, Columbus Theatre upstairs, 270 Broadway (directions)

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